McConnell Dowell was announced as the winner of a top award for excellence in civil construction at the Civil Contractors New Zealand conference in Taupo this weekend.
The company won the award for the SH82 Waitaki Bridges Replacement project. The NZ$20.1 million project involved the design and construction of two new bridges: one 206 m and the other 92 m in length spanning the Waitaki River which forms the boundary between Otago and Canterbury. Dating back to 1881, the original Waitaki Bridges were built as railway bridges.
As well as the project award, McConnell Dowell was recognised with a win for Chris Ashton, Tunnel Construction Manager with the Well-Connected Alliance at Waterview for NZ Transport Agency. Chris Ashton won the Civil Contractors New Zealand’s Z Energy Award for Emerging Leader 2015.
McConnell Dowell had an across the board win in 2014 with awards for the multi-million dollar Lower Hatea River Crossing in Whangarei and for repair works on the historic Arapuni Power Station diversion gate and tunnel. The company was also recognised in 2014 with a highly commended for construction of the Te Mihi Geothermal Power Station at Taupo.