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He Ara Kotahi continues winning streak

Tuesday December 15 2020

He Ara Kotahi is continuing its winning streak – this time taking out one of the top engineering awards in the country.

Photo shows three smiling women on the new bridge rugged up in winter woollens.

Our iconic bridge and pathway won the Excellence Award for Best Public Works Project over $5 million at the NZ Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) conference earlier this month.

He Ara Kotahi was up against eight other competitive finalists, but its great success secured it the win.

The joint entry from WSP and Palmerston North City Council also recognised the key roles other businesses and organisations had in the project: Rangitāne, NZ Defence, Massey University, Concrete Structures, Fifth : Season Design, Frame Group, Green Infrastructure Services, Alf Downs, and Fulton Hogan.

PNCC Chief Executive Heather Shotter says it’s great to receive the recognition. “This award recognises not only the great success of the project for our residents and visitors, but demonstrates the power of this unique collaboration on such a large scale infrastructure project.”

Mayor Grant Smith says it’s not hard to see why He Ara Kotahi won. “Over the past 18 months our residents and visitors have fallen in love with He Ara Kotahi and it is far more popular than anyone ever envisaged. As well as playing a key transport commuter route between Massey University and Linton Army Camp, it has become an events space, a recreational activity and most importantly, got our residents and visitors connecting with our greatest taonga – the Manawatū River.”

He Ara Kotahi has won a number of awards since opening, including:

  • Sustainable Transport Leadership Award – NZ Transportation Awards
  • Walking and Public Transport Initiative – Living Streets Aotearoa
  • Supreme Winner and winner of the Limited Budget or Not for Profit category – Public Relations Institute of NZ