Last week, the NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure group (NCTIR) won the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award. This award celebrates the world’s top civil engineering projects and sets the benchmark for excellence in construction and design. It is decided by a public vote – truly reflecting what the local people who benefit from each project really think!

We would like to congratulate CH alumni who have been part of the huge team working on this project – Rolly (David) Rowland (2004), Daniel Headifen (1995), Hannah Willis (nee Lord) (2010/11) and Frances Neeson (2005/06).

NZ Transport Agency Regional Director Steve Mutton, chair of the NCTIR Board, said it was a collective effort that resulted in engineering excellence, and every crew member – past and present - should feel proud of themselves. “The team worked hard, under extremely difficult conditions, to rebuild and create a safe highway and rail line to reconnect Kaikōura and critical South Island transport links to the north and south, as well as benefiting the wider surrounding communities also still recovering from the effects of the earthquake

Rolly (Beca) continues to work on the project in his role as Central Shared Path Project Lead and told us that work along the Kaikoura coast will continue this year as the rebuild is completed. This includes making the temporary works permanent, as well as continuing to improve the safety and resilience of the route with slope protection measures, tunnels, seawalls and safe stopping areas. Daniel Headifen (KiwiRail) also continues to work on the project in his role as Rail Design Manager.

To find out more, check out this article – great videos and photos!

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Rolly (David) Rowland on the Kaikoura coast. 

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