Restoring essential transport infrastructure
On 14 December 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred near Kaikoura township, resulting in major road and rail closures and numerous slips along the Kaikoura coastline. The North Canterbury Transportation Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) alliance was formed to restore the road and rail infrastructure, and reconnect communities along the east coast of the South
Boffa Miskell was engaged by NCTIR at the onset, taking on lead roles to guide the Ecology, Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture aspects of the project over the initial 18 month period.
Boffa Miskell ecologists were involved in all aspects of the project, having input into the consenting, design and construction phases. On site, we undertook to mitigate and manage effects on the ecological values, including the management of New Zealand fur seals, native freshwater fish populations, riverine and coastal avifauna surveys, and indigenous vegetation management and re-establishment. We prepared a number of ecological management plans, to guide the construction and earthworks teams with information and controls required to avoid and minimise effects on the natural environment.
Our landscape team undertook landscape, natural character and visual assessments to support the consent applications, and developed the Landscape Design Framework (LDF). The LDF was prepared to provide NCTIR with consistent design guidance for the recovery and improvements works, such as coastal access, pull-off areas, shared path, site rehabilitation and revegetation.
The design and planting guidance in the LDF acknowledges and reflects the cultural significance of the coast, and provides opportunities for historical, natural heritage and cultural interpretation and storytelling. The design guidance also seeks to restore and enhance coastal habitat and ecology through revegetation of disturbed ground with eco-sourced indigenous species.
Consultation with key stakeholders was ongoing throughout this project and Boffa Miskell consultants worked closely with regional and territorial authorities, Department of Conservation, iwi, and infrastructure owners KiwiRail and NZTA.
Engaged by NCTIR to guide the Ecology, Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture
|Project team||Dr. Leigh Bull|
Dr. Tanya Blakely
|Awards||Institution of Civil Engineers - People's Choice Award|