Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Innovative concrete technology used in new bridge

Firth Industries’ innovative concrete technology used in construction of new Kopu Bridge

Work on the new $40 million Kopu Bridge is underway and Firth Industries Ltd has been contracted to supply concrete for the job.

The new 580 metre-long bridge over the Waihou River north east of Thames was fast tracked as part of the Government’s $500 million jobs and growth plan.

It will replace the existing one-lane bridge to improve traffic capacity for the thousands of holiday makers who travel along SH25 to and from the Coromandel Peninsula and reduce travel times between Auckland and Thames.

The main contractor for the Kopu Bridge project is HEB Construction and Firth will supply 6000 cubic metres of concrete for them from its Thames plant.

Construction has started on a platform from the western bank which will be built out to the swing span on the existing bridge. The platform will support the piling rig and allow construction of the piers for the new bridge to begin.

“We are delighted to be supplying HEB Construction for this long awaited bridge project, says Karl Campbell, Chief Operating Officer Firth Central.

“It’s the job of the century for Thames and will be welcomed by all those who use the Kopu Bridge,” he says.

While the bridge design itself is a reasonably straight forward design, it’s the environment that will provide the project with the most challenges.

Campbell says the Firth team will be operating under some difficult conditions such tidal flow and soft soil conditions, “The ground is very muddy and slushy and the water level constantly changes,” he says.

“Firth has created some special mixes for the project,” says Campbell.

“For the bridge substructure 50 mpa is being used with 8% micro silica to make the concrete more resistant to salt water marine attack,” he says.

The Kopu Bridge project will also provide for a new four-leg roundabout at the SH25/SH26 intersection and about 2.5 kilometres of associated approach roads including a new link road to the SH26 east of the bridge.

The project is on track to be completed by mid-2012.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Sky City : Auckland Convention Centre Cost Jumps By A Fifth

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further gambling concessions ruled out. The Auckland-based company has increased its estimate to build the centre to between $470 million and $530 million as the construction boom across the country drives up building costs and design changes add to the bill.
More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: Mediation Between Lyttelton Port And Union Fails

The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. More>>

Earlier:

Science Policy: Callaghan, NSC Funding Knocked In Submissions

Callaghan Innovation, which was last year allocated a budget of $566 million over four years to dish out research and development grants, and the National Science Challenges attracted criticism in submissions on the government’s draft national statement of science investment, with science funding largely seen as too fragmented. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

More:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news