Wellington Airport was a double winner at this year’s New Zealand Airports Association Awards, claiming both the Community Engagement and Airline/Airport Collaboration prizes, while Auckland Airport won the Infrastructure Project Award and Palmerston North Airport earned the Commercial Project Award.
Sponsored by Beca’s Airports team, the awards were presented at a Mexican-themed event at Wellington’s The Boatshed on Thursday September 28, before an audience of over 100 representatives from throughout New Zealand’s aviation sector.
NZ Airports chief executive Kevin Ward, who also convened the awards judging panel, paid tribute to the high quality of entries across all categories this year.
“We are pleased to recognise the exceptional work of our airport members each year. The awards are an important opportunity to showcase not just the highly-visible work that airports do, but also the way they work with their communities and their airline customers.
Congratulations to the following award winners from the evening:
- Airline/Airport Collaboration Award – Wellington Airport Quieter Homes Programme
- Community Engagement Award – Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards
- Infrastructure Project Award – Auckland Airport International Remote Stands
- Commercial Project Award – Palmerston North Airport Arrivals Hall Development
Auckland Airport International Remote Stands was also a winner on the night. Judges complimented the airport and the wide range of companies involved on successfully delivering a fast track project that was both large and complex. No less than nine construction stages were required in order to tie-in the works with efforts from Airways NZ, Auckland Airport operations, Beca's project managers, the contractor Brian Perry Ltd and subcontractors.
Mr Ward said this was a remarkable operational planning and co-ordination achievement, undertaken at the most difficult time of year for construction and delivering essential capacity at a time of high growth.
Beca South Island Infrastructure business director Richard Holyoake, who made the awards presentations, said: “It is a real privilege to showcase the achievements of these project teams, often working within challenging constraints to deliver for airport customers and communities. Once again the awards highlight the results that can be achieved working collaboratively toward common goals.”
The awards were a highlight of the NZ Airports Conference, held 27-29 September in Wellington. Mr Ward expressed NZ Airports’ appreciation for Beca’s generous sponsorship of the awards, noting its “continuing long association with this special event on the airport calendar”.
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