This collaborative alliance originally consisted of Waka Kotahi, KiwiRail, Downer, Fulton Hogan, HEB Construction and Higgins, with WSP and others as subconsultants.
In July 2018, with the shift from disaster recovery to focusing on controlled delivery, a sub-Alliance was formed with WSP, Aurecon and Tonkin & Taylor plus other sub-consultants.
The integrated design and construction programme was delivered at an extraordinary pace, supported by the Target Outturn Cost (TOC) delivered in parallel with a collaborative delivery model. To achieve the accelerated programme, it was critical to share expertise and develop collaborative “best for project”outcomes. This required significant programme flexibility to accommodate multiple projects at different phases, achieve timely delivery, and support economic recovery in the Kaikōura region.
CLIENT BRIEF/PROJECT CHALLENGES
Swiftly reopening rail and road links and the marina was vital for tourism and economic recovery in the Kaikōura region. The success of the project also relied on significant stakeholder engagement,working with communities affected by the earthquake, and working sensitively within an area of high ecological,cultural and archaeological significance.
The Alliance prioritised high levels of collaboration,including working with the Department of Conservation (DoC), local environmental groups, iwi and Councils to build conservation and tourism areas while protecting and reinstating rare endangered species.The Alliance formed a Restoration Liaison Group with iwi, the local community and government organisations to develop solutions and maintain relationships.
A design hui held in November 2018, attended by NCTIR and the Cultural Advisory Group led to the development of the Cultural Artwork Package –the stories that could be told along the Kaikōura coastline, especially at several Safe Stopping Areas.
These initial ideas have since developed into an extensive range of culturally significant artworks. WSP also established links with the community, by engaging local businesses and community members to provide services to or work directly for the Alliance, from earthworks contractors to cleaners and local office space. Communication Advisors were engaged early across affected communities and businesses, working with NCTIR’s Restoration Liaison Group (RLG), Cultural Advisory Group, Rūnanga and Council.
The advisors adjusted their communication methods at each phase, moving from emergency face to face and door knocking to site visits, information days, information evenings / project updates and eventually event celebrations, e.g. completion of the Inland Road.