Queen St contract awarded


Contractor Hawkins Infrastructure NZ has been appointed to undertake the extensive infrastructure and street upgrades on Richmond’s Queen Street in 2017, with a successful tender that focuses on the least possible disruption to the public and businesses during construction.
Queen Street Upgrade project manager Jeannie Homesley said Hawkins was one of four quality companies to tender for the contract, and the evaluation team was impressed with its competitive price and comprehensive plan for carrying out the complicated and high-profile construction work. Most of the physical work will be carried out by Nelson subcontractors, with Hawkins providing the overall project planning and direction, Jeannie says.
Work will begin in early February 2017 with the replacement of a 50-year-old asbestos pipe running the length of Queen Street from Gladstone to Salisbury Road.
“This pipe is extremely brittle and the early replacement will significantly reduce the risk of it failing during construction and causing water supply disruptions.”
“In late February, work will begin to replace the undersized and ageing stormwater and wastewater pipes, reprofile the street surface to reduce the flood risk to properties and replace the street surface to a new, pedestrian-friendly design.
“That work will take place in six stages, beginning at the McIndoe Street intersection. Sections of the street will be closed to traffic, and we’ll be asking people to please use the ring road and parking areas off Queen Street. Pedestrians will have day-time access to shops throughout the work, and we’ve already begun talking with businesses to inform our planning in order to minimise the disruption as much as possible.”
Most of the work will be complete by December 2017, when construction will shut down prior to the busy summer trading season. A final small section, at the Salisbury Road end of Queen Street, will be completed in early 2018.
Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the project would deliver a main street that was far more resilient in heavy rainstorms, that carried future-proofed water, wastewater, stormwater, power and fibre for central Richmond.
“The end result is also going to be an attractive and far more accessible space for people to meet, shop, dine and enjoy. I’m not going to sugar-coat the fact that we are going to have to endure an extended period of disruption to get to that point, but I’m so looking forward to seeing Queen Street emerge in its new form.”