Christchurch City Council


$2.2 billion

Contract Type



Mar 2017



Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT)

Rebuilding Canterbury

Christchurch suffered unprecedented damage in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Damage to roads, water and wastewater pipelines, bridges and streetscapes was estimated at over $2.2 billion – the largest infrastructure project in New Zealand’s history.

We were a key participant in the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), an alliance formed to rebuild Christchurch’s horizontal infrastructure. Other alliance participants include the Christchurch City Council, Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority, NZ Transport Agency McConnell Dowell, Downer, City Care and Fulton Hogan.

Our work focussed largely on deep drainage works, roading, bridge structures, pipe relining and retaining walls in Christchurch’s eastern and central suburbs. Specialist brands Brian Perry Civil, Pipeworks and Piletech have played integral roles in some of the repair packages.  

Repairing the city is a huge and exciting task.

Repairing the city is a huge and exciting task. With work spread across Christchurch, scheduling and coordination of resources and personnel was challenging. By their very nature, many of the repair works involved significant disruption to businesses and communities, but our team worked carefully to keep residents informed and traffic moving. At peak construction our stakeholder liaison team delivered over 10,000 work notices per month to the local community.

SCIRT has seized the opportunity to raise the bar in the construction industry - including new safety regulations and standards. Fletcher has played a key role in developing a strong safety culture within the SCIRT alliance, and Chief Executive Graham Darlow is chair of the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter.

SCIRT repaired/ replaced:
•    630km of sewer pipe 
•    114 pump stations and water reservoirs
•    100km of water pipe
•    1,300,000m2 of road
•    144 bridges


Project Partners

Name Christchurch City Council

Role Client and Alliance Participant

Name New Zealand Transport Agency

Role Alliance Participant and Client

Name Christchurch Earthquake Recovery

Role Alliance Participant

Name McConnell Dowell Constructors

Role Alliance Participant

Name Downer

Role Alliance Participant

Name City Care

Role Alliance Participant

Name Fulton Hogan

Role Alliance Participant