The iconic Sumner Road journey

Sumner Rd Re Opening Ttile Page

Sumner Road re-opened 93 months after earthquakes cut the connection between communities and the vital Christchurch-Lyttelton Port transport link.

The road and retaining walls were wrecked by earthquakes and rockfall from the cliffs above. Before the rebuild, engineering design, environmental consents management, programming and procurement were required to reduce the risk from rock fall, then repair thirty retaining walls and reinstate the road.

Sumner Road’s reconstruction was a complex 33 month project. During execution, programme challenges highlighted key outputs of initiating and planning processes that needed revisiting to reintegrate historic procurement/scope fragmentation.  These actions enabled fast tracking design-procurement-construction processes shaving 12-18 months off the programme.

Sumner Road was funded by Christchurch City Council and the NZ Transport Agency. Contractors, subcontractors, consultants and the client as a team achieved a great result completing the rebuild safely, on time and within budget in a challenging environment.

PBawden Passport Photo

Peter Bawden comes to project management of transport projects via a circuitous route. He started out in managing feasibility studies in the mining industry, with successful studies leading new mine developments in New Zealand, Australia and China

The underground mines experience translated readily into managing front end development and design studies for underground rail and rail station projects in Auckland with the Regional Transport Agency.

Team leader on a road tunnel safety improvement study for NZTA prompted a move to an engineering consultancy where he was also involved with risk assessments, energy and transport projects.

So reopening Sumner Road was a natural fit, it was really just a small mining project on a cliff in a Department of Conservation reserve with a bit of roading thrown in, wasn’t it?

Peter joined Christchurch City Council as a senior project manager just as the Sumner Rd construction contract was signed in 2016 and the project became his sole focus for next 33 months.

Attendees will be able to claim one PDU. Please use code C067-170919.

Event Properties

Event Date 17/09/2019 5:30 pm
Event End Date 17/09/2019 7:00 pm
Capacity 50
Registered 24
Available place 26
Individual Price Free
Location The Trenches
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