The main challenges were to provide a concept design layout which:
- accommodates the new larger vessels with increased passenger, vehicle and rail freight volumes, within their operational objectives (including shorter turn around times), and the site’s physical constraints
- provides robust, resilient and quality solutions for the infrastructure, within overall budget constraints
- minimises impact on the environment, users of the harbour, local transport network, businesses and residents, and the built environment of the wider area
- enables the redevelopment to occur in stages within the operational port so as not to affect existing ferry and port operations, and
- maintains business continuity for rail/marine/vehicle and foot passenger movements.
We overcame these challenges through effective interaction with the entire project team, collaborating widely through all stages. By providing an integrated working model, close programme management and design team support to the client’s decision-making processes, we successfully delivered:
- an initial concept design options study, assessment, and selection of the preferred option
- a port-wide resilience study to focus the design effort appropriate to the level of criticality of the infrastructure
- development of the preferred concept design solution
- inputs into cost engineering, including value engineering, risk analysis and Safety in Design registers (SiD)
- a concept design package for the environmental planning approval process, including design documentation, construction methodology, Principal’s Minimum Requirements, programme, and a 3D model.
- assessment of effects across disciplines including contaminated land and traffic to support consent requirements.
We have assisted in identifying alternatives and developing solutions for consultation and environmental approval. We have also designed, planned and costed to feed into the business case for the wider iReX project.
Our early work on understanding risk profiles, assessing natural hazards and quantifying consequences of various events on critical infrastructure enabled deign parameters to be set for various asset components, while providing a deeper understanding for client investment decisions.
WSP also provided significant benefit by developing the project staging and construction programming to suit the preferred concept design. This ensured that the project staging implications were well understood, costed, and development of the precinct could be integrated within the overall iReX programme.
Waitohi Picton is now well-placed to proceed to the next stages after gaining the required consents, including detailed design, procurement and construction.
Once complete, PMNZ and KiwiRail will have a state of the art, resilient ferry precinct which will accommodate the new large Interisland fleet and will support the growth of both tourism and freight demands within New Zealand.
LIST OF PRIMARY SERVICES
- Maritime Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Rail Engineering
- Design Management