Beca recognised for excellence in steel design

We're delighted to announce that AMETI Panmure Rail Station and The Waikato River Bridge have been recognised for excellence in steel design – each receiving an Excellence in Steel Merit Award at the 2015 Metals New Zealand gala dinner in Auckland last week.

Endorsed by Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ), the biennial awards showcase the exceptional design and execution possible when steel is used as the principal construction material in buildings and infrastructure projects. As well as highlighting the versatility of steel, the Awards also recognise the significant capability of New Zealand’s structural steel industry.

The Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) Panmure Rail Station is a key piece of high-quality travel infrastructure that integrates a new public transport interchange and major enhancements to the urban realm. The station's innovative butterfly roof folds in two directions with a deep welded beam as a spine, with the structural design successfully supporting the striking architecture form and framing a large circular skylight. The structure also frames a number of popups for lift shafts and escalators that enhance these glass clad structures. Beca's civil structures team also designed the rail and bus platform canopies to create the seamless shelter structures complementing the concourse building.

'Te Ruhu o Waikato' (the Mist of Waikato), also known as The Waikato River Bridge, is a 143m long, five-span bridge, carrying State Highway 1 over the Waikato River. The river is sacred to mana whenua so piers were not permitted in the river. An innovative ladder deck bridge structure was developed, with the largest composite steel girders fabricated in New Zealand. The deck is supported on concrete V-shape piers tied with high strength steel rods, which minimise the main span length over the water and shape elegant architectural form of the substructure. The steelwork for the bridge was fabricated by Eastbridge in Napier, New Zealand.

These award wins follow from our recent recognition at the 2015 ACENZ INNOVATE Awards of Excellence earlier this year, where the AMETI project received a Silver Award of Excellence, and The Waikato River Bridge project was a category finalist.

For more information on the Excellence in Steel Awards, visit the SCNZ website.

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