Planning alliance for Pūhoi – Warkworth RoNS consents

By: NZ Transport Agency – Auckland Office


The NZ Transport Agency has taken the next step towards construction of the Pūhoi to Warkworth section of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance by naming a special alliance that will prepare the NZTA’s case for the consents its needs for the new highway.

Planning alliance for Pūhoi – Warkworth RoNS consents
New Zealand Transport Agency

The Further North Alliance, which includes both engineering consultants and lawyers, will support the NZTA's application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for the Notice of Requirement to obtain the necessary land.

The NZTA plans to lodge its Notice of Requirement with the EPA in the third quarter of this calendar year, and is seeking to be ready to start construction on the Puhoi to Warkworth section as early as the end of 2014, subject to property purchase and funding.

The NZTA's Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Stephen Town, says alliances to construct projects are common but this is the Transport Agency's first planning alliance and the $17.5m contract is a sensible option.

"The alliance reflects the ambitious timetable we have set for this project, and It makes good sense to have our specialists working together in a team rather than as individual companies. The combined experience and expertise of the Further North Alliance will help us meet our timetable for a very complex project and at the best possible price."

The planning alliance comprises Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) and GHD, who are both engineering consultants the legal firm Chapman Tripp, and the NZTA.

Further geotechnical investigations are already underway between Puhoi and Warkworth and the Alliance thanks property owners for their co-operation and patience with the on-site teams. A range of environmental specialists are also walking the entire alignment for initial surveying with sampling scheduled to take place in coming weeks.

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