26 November 2009

Opus International Consultants have won the 2009 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Building and Construction Award for their work creating a foundation system for the Gisborne Police Station.

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 the various industry areas.

The Building and Construction Award recognises outstanding activities associated with the design and constructions of buildings and structures.

Difficult ground conditions at the Gisborne Police Station and a constrained site were overcome through the use of steel screw piles and a concrete raft foundation. This combination allowed the heavy structure, which included a precious historic facade, to be supported.

"This is an innovative foundation solution that has worked very well for the client and the community" says awards judge Warwick Bishop, "It’s an international first and the engineering content is highly important."

Opus Internationals novel approach and unique use of technologies has been recognised by the international geotechnical community as a significant achievement.

Shortly after construction, the new building survived a rigorous 6.8 Richter earthquake (Dec. 07) without damage.

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