Supreme Award

REGISTERED MASTER BUILDERS SUPREME AWARD FOR THE 2014 NEW ZEALAND COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Project

Lower Hatea River Crossing, Whangarei

Entrant

Transfield Services McConnell Dowell Joint Venture (Construction Company)

Project Partners

McConnell Dowell Constructors (Construction Company)
Peters & Cheung (Architect/Designer)

Owned by

Whangarei District Council

Judges’ comments

A tour de force of creative procurement, inspired design, and superbly managed construction combine to create a new landmark for Whangarei. The bridge span is 265 metres connecting Whangarei’s eastern suburbs with the commercial and industrial areas whilst allowing access for boating to the Whangarei marina further up the river.

The design was based on a traditional Maori Fish hook – Hei Matau –representing strength, good luck and safe passage across the water – a fitting sentiment for the 8000 vehicles that cross this bridge every day.

The client, Whangarei District Council, was seeking a design that recognised the cultural history of the region. The Contractor has achieved a structure of quality and precise detailing and are justifiably proud of the result achieved. This is a beautiful structure and more than deserving of this year’s supreme award accolade.