McKay’s Bridge Projects Are Finalists

Te Matau a Pohe (Lower Hatea River Crossing) and Kotuitui Whitinga (Hatea Loop Walkway Bridge) are among the finalists in the Master Electricians Excellence Awards.

This week McKay was notified that two of their Whangarei bridge projects were in the running to receive Awards for Excellence.   Te Matau a Pohe is a finalist in the Powerbase Major Contract Award category, while Kotuitui Whitinga is competing for the Philips Lighting Award following the official announcement from by the organisers on July 1st, 2015.

Te Matau a Pohe’s construction allowed McKay to use the full capacity of the company’s resources including; electrical and automation engineering, electrical lighting design and commissioning, switchboard design and manufacture, marine electrical, electrical contracting and electrical maintenance.

Te Matau a Pohe’s construction allowed McKay to use the full capacity of the company’s resources including; electrical and automation engineering, electrical lighting design and commissioning, switchboard design and manufacture, marine electrical, electrical contracting and electrical maintenance.

Hatea Lopp Walkway bridge, "Kohtuitui Whitinga", has seen an increase from 3339 to 7746 people since January this year.

Hatea Loop Walkway bridge, “Kohtuitui Whitinga”, has seen an increase from 3339 to 7746 people since January this year.

These awards recognise the very highest achievements in innovation and quality workmanship in electrical projects. Whangarei based electrical company and Master Electricians, McKay Limited submitted their award entries in May, 2015 with respect to the outlined criteria. McKay’s CEO, Lindsay Faithfull said that the two bridges were among the company’s most challenging projects;

“We faced many challenges and needed to seek innovative electrical solutions that utilised all of McKay’s in-house resources. The complexity and the community aspect encouraged the company and all those involved to raise their standards in order to achieve the best possible outcome”, Faithfull said

Last week judges from the Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand Inc (ECANZ), came to Whangareito view the two bridges in person and watched a demonstration of both bridges being lifted and opened by McKay operators.

The judges praised the excellence displayed in application of trade and management skills, emerging technologies and energy efficient design. They were also impressed by the measurable success of the two projects. Te Matau a Pohe has reduced Whangarei’s CBD congestion by 8000 vehicles per day, while the Kotuitui Whitinga in conjunction with the Hatea Loop development has more than doubled the amount a people using the Town Basin facilities.

Kotuitui Whitinga now gives residents and tourists a stunning and unique night time experience. The lights and sequencing are changed according to the theme of the city. For example; green lights for St Patrick’s Day, blue lights for Northland Rugby g and pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

Kotuitui Whitinga now gives residents and tourists a stunning and unique night time experience. The lights and sequencing are changed according to the theme of the city. For example; green lights for St Patrick’s Day, blue lights for Northland Rugby g and pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

 

The winners will be announced at a Black Tie event at the Langham Hotel Auckland on the 28th, August, 2015.

McKay is up against other large scale projects form around the country such as the ASB North Wharf on Auckland’s waterfront and the South Auckland Men’s Prison.