The Company is pleased to advise that the Whangarei District Council have awarded McConnell Dowell, in joint venture with Transfield Services, the contract for the construction of a new bridge over the Lower Hatea River in Whangarei, New Zealand.
Procured through an ECI process, the project includes bridge approaches over geotechnically challenging ground and a new 265 metre long Bascule Bridge spanning the River. This is an exciting achievement for the Company as the new bridge will be the first Bascule road bridge to be built in New Zealand in the last 50 years.
There was a requirement for this bridge to have an iconic design that recognises the cultural history of the Whangarei Region.
Working closely with an internationally recognised bridge architect - Knight Architects – we produced the winning design, modelled on the traditional Maori fish hook – Hei Matau – representing strength, good luck and safe travel across water. The hook rolls back on its axis to raise the deck, allowing yachts to pass through on their journey to and from the inner harbour.
The joint venture is non-integrated, with McConnell Dowell responsible for the design and construction of the bridge, and Transfield responsible for the bridge approaches and roading.
About McConnell Dowell Corporation Limited:
McConnell Dowell is a major engineering, construction, building and maintenance contractor delivering infrastructure to the building, mining, oil & gas, power, petrochemical, social & public infrastructure, transport and water sectors.
The Group has a broad construction offering with complete multi-discipline capability in building, civil, fabrication, electrical and mechanical works and are engineering and construction specialists in pipeline, tunnelling, marine and rail construction.