26 November 2009

Opus International Consultants Ltd, Beca Infrastructure Ltd, Aurecon New Zealand Ltd and Fletcher Construction Company Ltd, have worked together to win the 2009 New Zealand  Engineering Excellence Transportation Infrastructure Award for Auckland’s popular Northern Busway.

The New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards are the premier awards for the engineering professionals of New Zealand. The awards are presented in two major areas: Awards Recognising People, that recognise leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and our young engineers; and Product and Project Awards that recognise achievement in specific industry areas.

The Transportation Infrastructure Award recognises exceptional activities associated with the development or operation of any form of land, sea or air transport, including infrastructure assets and transportation services.

The high-profile Northern Busway project required bus lanes to be constructed adjacent to a busy Auckland motorway. Variable ground conditions in an environmentally sensitive site required the design of complex foundations.

"This is a major project with very complex planning design and construction logistics, it was executed skilfully and the best thing is bus patronage has increased by 300%" says awards judge Warwick Bishop, "and throughout the construction the skilfully planned traffic management programme meant major disruption to road users was avoided."

The number of bus passengers on the route is now 150,000 per month, exceeding all expectations; the reduction in use of private vehicles is estimated to have saved 400,000 litres of vehicle fuel annually.

www.nzeeawards.org.nz

For more information contact:

Rebecca Adams
Communications Manager
Tel: 64 4 473 2028
Mob: 021 479 885
Email: media@NZEE.org.nz

OR

Richard Silcock
Corporate Communications Manager
Opus International Consultants
Tel: 64 4 4717047
Email: Richard.Silcock@opus.co.nz