Innovation critical to netball project
Higgins Contractors Auckland is nearing completion of the construction of 21 new netball courts at the Te Pai Centre in Henderson, West Auckland.
It is a large project being completed in two stages. Stage one involved the demolition of the existing netball courts and removal of 1700 cubic metres of unsuitable material from the site.
Over 200 metres of concrete pipes were installed, over 1500 metres of subsoil drains and over 200 metres of channel drains.
The company then laid the granular base layers followed by over 700 tonnes of asphalt.
According to Higgins Contractors Auckland contracts manager Richard Cartwright the asphalt needed time for the bitumen to oxidise before the final surface of the courts could be laid.
Phase one was completed in March 2017 then phase two commenced in January 2018 when Hardwood Technology was subcontracted to lay the sports surface.
Hardwood Technology is the sole New Zealand agent for international surfacing company Rebound Ace. A rubber mat was glued to the asphalt surface then a non-slip coating applied.
Richard says the main challenge of the project has been the precise timing of the phases, which had to occur in-between sports seasons to avoid disruption while also dealing with Auckland’s wet weather threw in a few curve balls.
Higgins Contractors Auckland also came up with an innovative solution for the netball goal posts that allowed for greater agility and usage.
Getting the right goal post system was a critical aspect of the project and an aluminium system was finally selected with double hoops – front and back – so that the pole could be twisted around to provide ﬂexibility of hoop height.
“At Higgins we like to be agile and able to react and adjust quickly to our clients’ needs. We have the ability to manage our resources so we worked outside normal hours and put on more staff as required to ensure the project was completed on time and on budget to a high standard,” he says.
Higgins was founded in 1958 and today employs over 1800 staff. Higgins provides a comprehensive range of services including road construction, pavement surfacing, network maintenance, road marking, signage, traffic management and property works.
The company covers the spectrum of civil roading and infrastructure including urban and rural roads, highways, private and public infrastructure developments.
Richard says that Higgins has invested in the development of efficient processes and productive practices so that it is able to maximise operational efficiency and deliver better results.
For example the company’s ISO9001 Quality, ISO14001 Environmental management systems and Safety Systems form an integral part of the way it manages its business to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, industry standards, and best practices.
“We strive for the highest standards at all times and carry out constant reviews, analysis and methods of improvement,” he says.
“Our teams also continually work to understand and reduce the impact of our operation on the environment and ensure robust project planning systems, implementation and management review programs.”
Richard says the Auckland market remains busy for the company with a number of projects on the go including road pavement construction for the Southern Corridor improvement project on SH1 and State Highway 20A near the airport.
It is also undertaking runway replacement works at Auckland Airport and pavement works for Ports of Auckland in the central city and for Auckland Council in Franklin.