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Britomart contractors take the top prize


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Hon John Banks QSO
Mayor of Auckland City

11 August 2003

Britomart contractors take the top prize

Downer Engineering’s work on the Britomart Transport Centre was recognised on Friday 8 August 2003 when it took away New Zealand’s premier construction industry award for 2003.

Auckland City Mayor Hon John Banks describes the Auckland contractor’s win as high praise and deserving of recognition.

“Downer’s brought alive the $204 million Britomart dream on time and within budget. The restoration of the Chief Post Office and the new state-of-the-art transport interchange are indeed worthy of such celebration.

“Downer’s has done a splendid job, successfully adapting a once working post office into Britomart’s gateway. This 1912 downtown centrepiece has been returned to its former glory.

“At the same time, and on the same site, Downer’s built the country’s first underground rail station which is also a world first for diesel locomotives going underground. By anyone’s measure building Britomart was no easy task.”

Mr Banks agrees with the chairman of the judging panel’s comments that the Britomart project - the biggest ever undertaken by any New Zealand council - proves there is no need for major New Zealand projects to be given to overseas contractors.

“The people of Auckland salute the work and best practice of Downer’s. I am pleased their industry is doing the same,” he said.

Britomart took the top prize in the category of projects costing more than $5 million at the national Contractors’ Federation Caltex Construction Awards in Invercargill on Friday night.


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