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Company:Hawkins Wellington

Project:Wellington Airport Terminal Extension, Wellington

Role:Project Director

Andrew demonstrated strong leadership and excellent communication skills in this challenging Wellington Airport redevelopment project. Andrew’s role started with involvement at Tender stage, where he devised an alternative construction methodology, which proposed to build around the fully operational domestic passenger link. In this way, the extension could be completed and opened with a minimum of inconvenience to the public. It was this alternative methodology that won Hawkins the project.

Due to their extreme safety requirements and major public interfaces (let alone how busy they are), Airports are challenging environments to construct within. To mitigate, Andrew and his team worked closely with Wellington Airport and their stakeholders throughout this complex project. An efficient project management system was developed to streamline the project communication and direction, and Andrew ran regular stakeholder meetings for the Airport.

These stakeholder meetings were held to brief the airlines, retailers and other terminal users on the construction interfaces and impacts for the upcoming period. This enabled disruption to the terminal users to be minimised across the many small packages of works within the terminal, some of which had to be re-sequenced to work around unforeseen challenges encountered in the ground works. Close collaboration with the project’s civil sub-contractor during the associated terminal apron works, drew in the experience and expertise of the sub-contractor’s national division, which allowed the local unit to increase their production six-fold. The project involved construction works on a 24/7 basis as much of the heavy works needed to be undertaken during the evening when flights tailed off, and the terminal became less inhabited.

There were numerous examples where Andrew and his team went above and beyond for the project and the client. On one occasion, some critical bolts were discovered to be out of stock in New Zealand and only available from Singapore. To avoid a three-week delivery time, Andrew arranged for a Singapore based friend to purchase the fixings, and get them onto a flight to New Zealand. Andrew and his team managed to get them through Auckland customs and down to Wellington over the weekend.

Andrew was an outstanding contributor to an extremely challenging project. He demonstrated; leadership, excellent communication skills, and a fantastic commitment to client and project. These are the reasons that Andrew is the WINNER of the GIB® SUPREME AWARD.