Built Environs is pleased to announce that a McConnell Dowell and Built Environs joint venture has been awarded the Puhinui Station Interchange Main Works Contract by Auckland Transport. 

Having been awarded the early works for the two-stage project in 2019, the joint venture has already completed the demolition of the existing station and platform access and are constructing foundations for the new multi-modal interchange.

The main works, and the second stage of the project will include:

  • Constructing a high-quality fit out station building and a new platform canopy.
  • An elevated concourse with stairs, lifts and escalators.
  • Sheltered bus interchange area and kiss and ride parking. 
  • Ticket gate line together with staff and retail facilities.

Auckland Transport’s Portfolio Delivery Director (Projects) David Nelson has praised the joint venture’s approach. Mr Nelson says, “It’s great to see this key strategic project moving forward in these challenging times. McConnell Dowell and Built Environs have taken a proactive, partnering approach to delivering the Puhinui Station Interchange early works programme and we’re pleased to announce the award of the remaining construction contract scope. Aucklanders’ can look forward to enjoying a high-quality, accessible and beautifully designed facility opening in 2021.”

McConnell Dowell CEO Scott Cummins welcomed the main works award saying, “The main works from the Puhinui Station Interchange is further opportunity for the internal collaboration between McConnell Dowell and Built Environs to demonstrate how the diverse parts of our business with capabilities in infrastructure, design and construction can work together to deliver a safe, innovative and sustainable transport network asset.”

Built Environs Managing Director Daryl Young is pleased to commence the main works at the Puhinui Station Interchange “I am proud to be working with Auckland Transport on this project and continue delivering social and sustainable procurement outcomes, by engaging He Waka Eke and Akina businesses where possible.” 

During the early works this project successfully delivered a first for rail safety in New Zealand by constructing a ‘rail protection deck’. This temporary works solution allows the team to transport materials via crane from one side of the train tracks to other without being confined to scheduled rail closures or Block of Lines.

The Puhinui Station Interchange is a key component of the Southwest Gateway, a programme aimed at enhancing transport connectivity between the region’s central business district and Auckland International Airport; including south and east Auckland. It is also a catalyst for wider bus and rail connections to enable more sustainable transport modes. The station is set to open to the public in second quarter 2021.