SCIRT Achieves Practical Completion

General News

Jun 18, 2017

At their meeting yesterday morning the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) Board signed SCIRT’s Programme Practical Completion Certificate. 

Board Chairman Onno Mulder passed on the Board’s congratulations and thanks to the team on the great result and the hard work and determination that went into achieving it. 

Ian Campbell, SCIRT Executive General Manager second that saying,

It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to share these last few miles of the SCIRT marathon with such a talented, cohesive and out-come driven team…We truly have finished strong!

With practical completion out of the way, the team’s focus over the next few weeks will be on completing defeats and snagging work, and seeing the project through to final completion. 

Since its commencement in 2011, SCIRT’s five delivery teams have completed more than 700 individual construction projects across the city: including repairs to over 500 kilometres of sewer pipe, over 300 bridges and retaining walls and 1,300,000 square meters of road.   

SCIRT’s rebuild programme was the largest and most challenging undertaking of its kind in New Zealand history and was completed at a rate of 10 times faster than what has ever been achieved in the city before.

Christchurch now has one of the most modern wastewater systems in the country. Lesson have been drawn from how the earthquakes impacted the underground networks and have been applied to their new design and layout. Replaced pipes have been laid at shallower depths and steeper slopes than the old earthenware pipes, enabling the network to be better able to withstand future seismic events. 

SCIRT, in collaboration with the University of Canterbury digital archive CEISMIC, the UC Quake Centre and Resilient Organisations, has created an innovative website that showcases the advancements of the post-earthquake horizontal infrastructure rebuild programme.