The Northern Corridor Improvements Project is the last link in the Western Ring Route in Auckland, connecting the SH1 with SH18. It was delivered by an Alliance compromising Waka Kotahi, WSP, Jacobs, Fulton Hogan and Heb. The Alliance placed the customers, mana whenua, stakeholders and the local community at the heart of all decision-making.
The NCI project required eight new bridges, widening of two “live” bridges, cycling and walking paths and bridges, two underpasses, a new bus station, and over one million m3 of earthworks all to be delivered within a live motorway corridor. But this was more than a transport project, it also included the construction of an International Hockey Stadium, BMX facility and Pony Club to address impacts on community facilities.
Innovative use of planning techniques occurred as the team completed detailed designs in parallel with the separate BOI process. Through early team formation our planners and environmental specialists added value by advising on modifying the design and construction method, to remain aligned to the limits and outcomes driven by the BOI.
Navigating this parallel process resulted in a two-year time saving on the planning and design programme and, with good management, meant we only had to change one consent condition even though the design changed appreciably from the consented concept design.
Our close mana whenua relationship is most visible in the urban design elements and landscaping but was also implemented by way of chosen environmental controls and landscaping.
The successful delivery is also a testament to the proactive relationships with the Auckland Council (AC) Premium Team Planners and Environmental Compliance Officers.
Customers at the heart really did engage the team to strive for excellence and “best for project” outcomes.