18 May 2011 - Auckland's new NZ million motorway extension at Hobsonville will open in September, six months ahead of schedule according to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)'s Northern Region State Highway Manager Tommy Parker.
In a national newspaper article recently, Mr Parker attributed the rapid progress to a combination of fine weather and innovative construction by HEB Construction and Aurecon designers.
NZTA is a key client of Aurecon and our innovative design during the tender phase was a significant factor in HEB winning the project.
The project comprises 6 km of four lane motorway and 2 km of four lane state highway, including 5 motorway interchanges, 1.5 million M3 of earthworks, 350 000 m² of pavement, 27 culverts up to 2.4 m diameter and 54 km of pavement drainage.
When asked about the ingredients for Aurecon's success, Aurecon Technical Director, Ian Sloane, attributed it to internal collaboration. "We pulled together resources from across the business including an experienced design manager in design and construct delivery, Graeme Smith, and great skills from Jon Hind's road team, John McNeil's bridge team, Greg Pinches' geotechnical team and Grant Daniel's construction management team," said Ian.
The project office, established within Aurecon's office, was populated by approximately 30 people from Aurecon, HEB, sub-consultants and at times, client representatives.
This close working relationship during the design phase continued on site during construction. NZTA's Project Management Services Manager Mark Johnson stated: "The partnering approach between the client, HEB construction and Aurecon was a major factor in successfully delivering the design and construction well ahead of construction".