McKay, an electrical engineering company, has defied the odds and successfully led one of New Zealand’s most high-profile design and construction projects – the Hawaiki Cable Landing Station. The build was technically complex and electrically advanced, requiring a lead D & C contractor with an in-depth understanding of data systems and an aptitude for innovative practice – McKay was this design and build contractor. Having completed the project in 2018, McKay have just received their second award for the work and were presented the gold Master Electricians Excellence award in the $1-$5million category on Friday 16th.
The award dinner took place at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland on 16th August and saw some of the best electrical companies in the industry come together to celebrate skill and innovation in the sector. With some tight competition in the $1-$5million category, McKay were recognised for the outstanding technicality and complex electrical works required to deliver the Hawaiki project which has brought increased connectivity to New Zealand and across the Pacific.
Having scooped up a silver Commercial building Project Award in the industrial category for the Hawaiki Cable Station in May, it is no secret that the building boasts some of the most complex and innovative electrical engineering work in the industry, with features including a custom-building management system, two uninterruptable power supplies and a lightning protection system. Furthermore, the critical piece of infrastructure has improved internet speed and capacity across the Pacific as well as promoting positive business and economic growth both in the Northland region and throughout New Zealand.
Lindsay Faithfull, Managing Director at McKay said: “these awards represent McKay’s position as a premium electrical engineering contractor and our capacity to deliver advanced end to end solutions. Our in-house team of designers and engineers possess an in-depth understanding of complex cabling and data systems and utilised this knowledge to deliver a functional and ground-breaking build that connects New Zealand to the rest of the world. The new building provides all the systems necessary to ensure uptime of the new connection and we look forward to seeing it’s positive economic impact throughout the country.”
Safety, full autonomy and remote access capability were all crucial aspects of this project – solutions which could not be achieved through a shelf market solution. McKay was able to design a bespoke piece of infrastructure that enables the cable landing station to run efficiently and effectively. McKay provided the project management from conception through to construction as well as the electrical design. The integrated design team of Hawthorn Geddes (civil) and McKay (electrical) worked together simultaneously to meet the challenges and requirements of a functional, safe and fit for purpose design. The design was a comprehensive package including control and automation, architectural, structural, mechanical and fire protection. The project was delivered alongside highly skilled partners Hawthorn Geddes, Trigg Construction and United Civil.
Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, said: “Hawaiki support McKay Limited in recognition of their dedication to quality, innovation and overall excellence in the successful delivery of the internationally acclaimed Hawaiki Cable Landing Station in Mangawhai. The Hawaiki Submarine cable represents a quantum leap in the digital connectivity of New Zealand and across the Pacific. McKay has helped Hawaiki to deliver a strategic piece of infrastructure bringing socio-economic benefits for business and consumers across the Pacific region.”