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Major award for Taranaki project

A Civil North project that has provided New Plymouth with a northern entranceway that the city had wanted for years has won a major award at the Civil Contractor (CCNZ) awards.

At a function in Dunedin, the award to the $17.5 million Vickers to City Upgrade for projects valued between $5m-$20m was presented to General Manager Civil, Tony Gallagher.

Project Manager Hamish Matthews has paid tribute to all those who carried out the work, especially the Taranaki Civil North team, the Taranaki Region and Wellington, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Napier who also assisted at times, as well as sub-contractors. During the 20-month project, two new bridges were constructed and the road was widened to four lanes.

The judges said: “Environmental aspects, health and safety and quality delivery were a major focus and achieved very high outcomes. During the work a very strong team culture and relationship were developed with the NZ Transport Agency and New Plymouth District Council.”

Traffic management planning was critical to allow 29,000 vehicles per day to move through the project during the construction period. The presence of several schools and two river walkways in the area also added to the project’s complexity, as well as bridging over a river which had two 1-in-100 year floods in the space of a month.

Fulton Hogan also won two training awards – the Canterbury region’s approach to training was a category winner for businesses with a turnover of $25 million plus. The Fulton Hogan HEB JV for the Waikato Expressway Huntly section was a project winner for its commitment to ensuring all workers undertake some form of training.

  • Three other Fulton Hogan projects were CCNZ finalists – Whareroa Water Treatment Plant (Projects between $5m-$20m); Fonterra Lichfield Plant Upgrade (Projects $20m-$100m); and SCIRT (Projects over $100m).