MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway

  • 18km 4-lane expressway, including 18 bridges
  • Alliance Project Manager for the successful bid on the $630m Mackays to Peka Peka project
  • Project management, concept design and public consultation
  • Specialist stormwater engineering design

In January 2010 the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) called for tenders from consortia to join them in an Alliance for the planning, design, consenting and construction of the MacKays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti Expressway.  This will form part of one of the Roads of National Significance which will run from Wellington Airport to Levin.

Successful Consortium Bid and Alliance Establishment

Synergine’s Jim Bentley was selected by the Fletcher Construction, Beca, Higgins team to be their prospective Alliance Project Manager, and after leading a successful bid, the consortium formed an Alliance with NZTA and started work in May 2010.  This was the first time an Alliance had been appointed for the planning and consenting phases of such a significant infrastructure project.

Among the challenges to be managed included that the management team for the Alliance comprised representatives of 7 different organisations, including NZTA and the local authority. Synergine’s ability to bring together colleagues for such a diverse range of organisations, and achieve agreement between them on the alignment, urban design and other key features was critical to the Alliance’s success.

The Alliance completed a detailed process of optioneering assessment of effects, design and planning and following extensive consultation with key stakeholders and the public, submitted its application to the Environmental Protection Authority in April 2012. After an extensive Board of Inquiry hearing, NZTA’s application for consents was approved in April 2013.

Project Management and Engineering Design

Synergine provided key specialist engineering design roles for the Alliance, including preliminary utilities relocation design and 12D modelling, and detailed design of stormwater during the detailed design and construction phases of the project.  Our specialist project managers further managed the planning, concept design and public consultation for the future of the existing State Highway 1, to be implemented once the new expressway became operational.

Find out more:

  • Aaron Wood General Manager email 
  • Vincent Mullins Principal Consultant email