The bridge’s curves are designed to represent the meandering shape of the Hatea River, its sloped piles and masts resemble the traditional Māori digging stick or kō. Stainless steel screens on the sides of the footbridge represent a traditional net used for whitebaiting while the vertical form of the upstream screen mirrors the landscape of the surrounding hills.
The Scope team managed the design build contract, working closely with Whangārei District Council and the Northland-based main contractor. We conducted early contractor involvement, then managed the project through the design phases to completion. As an architectural build, the bridge’s visual and functional design required a complex understanding of construction by all parties. Raked piles, a cantilevered walkway raising to a level carousel platform and the bridge curves all contribute to the iconic Whangārei feature. Kotuitui Whitinga won the Civil Contractors of New Zealand Construction Excellence Award for projects between $0.5M and $5M in 2015.
Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)
Manage ECI on behalf of Whangarei District Council.
Determine the scope
Work through a high level scope of works to guide the project through the initial planning phases.
Work closely with the main contractor and the client, Whangārei District Council.
Design & Build
Manage the contract through design stages to construction completion.
Establishing and managing the contract between the client and main contractor.
Cost estimation and detailed cost reporting throughout the project.