Buller District Council

Local companies to build “Toki” bridge

15th December, 2020

Local companies are the successful tenderers to build the iconic “Toki Poutangata” bridge, part of the Westport Waterfront The Riverbank project.

The $2M project made possible by the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is the revitalisation of the current industrial area between the Buller River and the town centre.

The “Toki” bridge will span across the existing railway yard and will allow people to easily and safely transition from the main street to a new riverbank park space. This is the first significant step in Westport turning to face the Buller River, the town’s greatest natural asset.

Council’s main contractor for the project, WestReef Services Ltd, announced today that Letters of Intent have been issued to Westport-based Rea Engineering Ltd for bridge fabrication, and Adams Construction Ltd for the site build. Together, the contracts are worth in excess of $900K and will create more than 10 direct local jobs during the construction phase.
WestReef General Manager, Dylan Taylor says “We ran a very robust evaluation process together with the Owners Team, and were fortunate to receive high quality proposals for this landmark project. In the end, based on weighted attributes the panel was unanimous with the selection.”

As part of their tender, Rea Engineering committed to working over the holiday period to ensure the tight project schedule remained on track. They would also establish a purpose-built painting booth to comply with stringent specifications. Project logistics are also greatly simplified, with Rea Engineering and Adams Construction both located within a very short distance of the bridge site.

Council’s Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Mike Duff says “It is a fantastic outcome for Buller that the successful bridge contractors are from Westport and can commence work immediately. This provides a welcome boost to our local economy and job creation, and is exactly the kind of stimulus that the PGF was purposed for.”

Once complete, The Riverbank project will link Westport’s town centre to a new park space and the recently opened Kawatiri Coastal Trail. It will also complement the Pounamu Pathway, enabling the local community and visitors alike to enjoy active transport and recreation opportunities along the banks of the Buller River, and a great example of synergy between PGF funded projects.

Bridge manufacture can now commence, followed by on-site construction expected to begin early next year. The work will be completed in time for next summer.

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For more information please contact
Mike Duff
mike.duff@bdc.govt.nz

 

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