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SCIRT’s construction partners scoop top industry awards

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SCIRT’s Downer and Fulton Hogan teams have won top honours at the 2015 Canterbury Contractor of the Year Awards for their work on SCIRT projects.

Armagh Street Bridge

Downer’s repairs to Armagh Street Bridge won the award for contracts of a value between $250,000 and $1 million.

Downer Project Manager, Tom Harding-Illot, says, “One of our main project challenges was how we could modify current construction techniques and materials to suit the heritage fabric of the bridge.

“We wanted our repairs to be unnoticeable to those who walk over and punt under the bridge, not an easy task when the bridge is more than 130 years old. The final look of repairs is great and led to the success of the overall project.”

Sumner Road retaining wall, Lyttelton

SCIRT’s Fulton Hogan team won the category for projects between $1-3 million for their repair work on the earthquake damaged Sumner Road retaining wall in Lyttelton.

The retaining wall was located on a downhill slope and had sustained damage which left it bulging and cracking.  During stages of the work, construction staff had to work out of a crane suspended platform to install rock anchors and construct the new wall.

Fulton Hogan National Manager Civil, Justin McDowell said, “The judges were impressed by how well the team managed the risk of working on unstable ground at height with a bespoke elevated drilling platform.”

SCIRT Executive General Manager, Ian Campbell, says, “It is a testament to the engineering and construction talent we have in our delivery teams that they have won two major awards working on SCIRT projects.”

Congratulations also go to McConnell Dowell, another of SCIRT’s construction partners, which received the supreme award of the night, Contractor of the Year. The McConnell Dowell team submitted one of their SCIRT projects, the Wairakei Diversion as a part of their award proposals.


Published: 02 December 2015