Waterview Down To 2 Companies


Two companies have been shortlisted for the prize of constructing the Waterview Connection – the country’s biggest and most complex roading project.

Two consortia led by The Fletcher Construction Co. Ltd, and Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd were shortlisted from three registered competitors, with the third consortia led by Baulderstone Pty Ltd only narrowly missing out on selection.

NZTA Auckland and Northland Regional Director Stephen Town says since the NZTA announced it was calling tenders in July, interested parties have been engaged in a very competitive and robust tender process that has attracted a high level of interest both nationally and internationally.

The NZTA is running the tender process in parallel with its application for designation and resource consents through the new national consenting process. The application is currently before a Board of Inquiry that will hear all submissions on the project before a final outcome is known in July next year.

The NZTA will continue to meet with the shortlisted tenderers and evaluate submissions in parallel to the approvals process, and a contract will be awarded later in 2011 – once the final outcome of the Board of Inquiry process is known.

The remaining construction packages to complete the Western Ring Route are being procured separately with the aim of delivering a route that is operational by 2016.

Transport minister Steven Joyce called it a major milestone and said “I am expecting the Western Ring Route to be delivered on budget and on time, with construction starting in late 2011 and finishing in the 2015/16 financial year.”




  1. Matt L says:

    They have already started work around the current end of SH20, who is doing that and is it not considered part of waterview?

  2. John Dalley says:

    The work at the end of SH20 is drainage work in preparation for the Waterview project.

  3. karl says:

    Matt, the work around Maioro Street is the construction of the Maioro Street Interchange. It is a separate consent, which, like the Lincoln Road interchange just to the WEST of Waterview, did fly pretty much under the radar. So it’s legal, and is technically not part of Waterview.

    In practice, the motorway widening works on the western ring route are several hundreds of meters further along on each end, and several hundred million dollars cost more too (well, at least in excess of a hundred million dollars, see Lincoln Road price tab and then plus whatever Mairoro Road is costing them).

    It’s all one big massive construction zone from Waitakere to Mangere. That isn’t even discussing the SH18 works further north, or the SH1-SH20 works further south, or the Newmarket Viaduct Work or the Victoria Park Tunnel work.

    RONS aren’t some years in the future. Auckland motorway-orgy is happening right now.

  4. Matt L says:

    I actually have no issue with the VPT or Waterview as it seems silly to leave that section out and I can see the benefit it would bring.

    I do have an issue with the massive widening of SH16 with next to nothing being done to improve alternative modes. If they had of agreed to put a busway from Western Springs to Westgate in at the same time instead the half arsed bus lanes they are doing then I wouldn’t have an issue with those works either.

  5. antz says:

    I agree with Matt L, we have already half completed the Western Ring, even though it costs quite a bit of money, if we leave it at that point then it would be chaotic between two sections of motorway.
    Is it te Mt Roskill Section and NWestern that Waterview will connect?

  6. max says:

    Matt L - neither would I, if we were, at the same time, funding PT to a reasonable degree.

    It is ridiculous for them to point at Waterview and say “We need to fix this gaping hole in our motorway system!”, when there are even more serious gaps in our PT system, to which they devote a mere fraction.


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