Not just working with the community, but part of it
Mar 16, 2017
Five and a half years after they began, the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) has largely completed their work, having repaired over 700km of pipeline, 1,300,000m2 of road and hundreds of bridges, retaining walls and other structures.
But the team hasn’t just repaired damaged roads and pipes, they have lifted the capability of the construction sector workforce, significantly improved health and safety performance and delivered resilient infrastructure for Christchurch. In recognition of excellence in civil engineering, SCIRT was recently awarded the Institute of Civil Engineers esteemed Brunel Medal.
By its very nature, the work undertaken by the SCIRT team has been disruptive to the surrounding communities. But through active engagement with stakeholders and a culture of fronting up, our SCIRT team has been able to build strong relationships with the community and deliver the best outcomes. From day one, the team made it a priority to know their customer’s customer— the people of Christchurch.
And of course there’s no better way to understand stakeholder’s concerns than to be a part of that community and experience that disruption first hand. For our team in Christchurch, the project doesn’t finish when they work out the door of work. Ongoing aftershocks, uncertainty and constant change has been their reality for over five years. Rebuilding the city has been an incredibly tough job and they should be justifiably very proud of the work they have done.