The 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes left $2 billion of horizontal infrastructure (eg water pipelines, sewer pipelines, stormwater pipelines and roads) requiring repair or replacement. Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, and New Zealand Transport Authority, established an alliance with several major contractors (SCIRT) to rebuild the infrastructure. To assist the work, SCIRT established a Professional Services Advisory Group of leading consulting engineering firms in Christchurch, to provide specialists for the SCIRT team to rebuild Christchurch.

The team staff selections were based on the establishment of a collaborative, enjoyable culture that relied on best for Christchurch, first preference to Christchurch domiciled, look after everybody (including safety), self-management, and no poaching.

PDP’s Christchurch office provided several staff for the SCIRT team, who worked tirelessly for the rebuild: long days, long weeks, long months, and got the job done.

In recognition of the substantial contribution made by those staff and those consulting engineering companies that provided those staff, ACENZ has made a Special Award in 2016 for the efforts of the contributing companies.

Pattle Delamore Partners Limited is proud to be one of those consulting engineering companies (see photo of Special Award).