Integrated science and planning leads to flexible consent
Boffa Miskell ecologists helped develop an Adaptive Management Framework for managing the environmental impacts of maintenance on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Maintenance of the surface of the bridge results in various contaminants entering the marine environment. Our ecology team assessed the effects of this discharge to the marine environment, as part of the development of a consenting framework. The new framework is estimated to provide substantial cost savings to the NZ Transport Agency over the next ten years.
The previous staged consent process that was required placed limitations on the use of innovative and environmentally friendly methods of bridge maintenance. The Auckland Harbour Bridge Alliance formed a multi-disciplinary team to create a flexible consenting framework that focuses on outcomes as opposed to prescribing methods, while at the same time retaining a high level of environmental success. The integrated team of experts from planning, science and operations led to the development of a regime that enables operators to adopt new and innovative methods, while improving performance outcomes.
Assisted the Auckland Harbour Bridge Alliance with marine ecology and ecotoxicology expertise.
|Client||Auckland Harbour Bridge Alliance|
|Project team||Dr Sharon De Luca|
|Worked with||Auckland Harbour Bridge Alliance|
NZ Transport Agency
|Project date||2011 – 2015|
|Awards||Best Practice Award for Excellence in Integrated Planning – 2015 NZPI Awards|
Merit Award - ACENZ INNOVATE Awards 2016