Fulton Hogan and Hirepool representatives take the stage with Tane the Taniwha at the Northland Construction Awards

Construction awards laud bridges

by Andy Bryenton

The Northland branch of Civil Contractors New Zealand recently held their 2019 Construction Awards, with the builders of Kaipara’s new Matakohe bridges taking home a top honour.

The Hirepool Construction Projects Over $1,000,000 Award recognises excellence in this high-end bracket of construction, and this year it was claimed by Fulton Hogan for their work on the Matakohe Bridges project.

The bridges, which replaced a pair of antiquated single lane crossings earlier this year, represent a significant investment in roading infrastructure and have been well received by locals.

Retiring Civil Contractors NZ Northland Branch secretary Tracey McKenzie said the awards themselves attracted a record number of entries; 38 in all, beating the previous record of 32.

“The standard of entries was outstanding and kept the judges busy for several weeks.”

Another Kaipara project was also honoured, with Robinson Asphalts receiving the Hynds Pipe Systems Projects $500,000–$1,000,000 Award for their work at Dargaville’s Sportsville complex.

Representatives of Fulton Hogan took to the stage alongside those from Hirepool at the awards ceremony in Whangarei, and were joined by an unexpected guest; Tane the Taniwha, mascot of Northland rugby. In all, nine major awards were bestowed for major construction work all over the north.