Without doubt this has been an extraordinarily challenging period for the Transmission Gully Project. Closing down a 27km construction site at short notice, maintaining site safety and environmental controls for five weeks, and then planning a staged site remobilisation under restricted workplace rules, is not something any of us could ever have adequately prepared for.
Add to this the complexities of an international workforce, a nationwide supply chain, and a tightly programmed schedule of works, impacted by loss of the crucial pre-winter period – and the operational issues come into even sharper focus.
I am exceptionally proud of the commitment and resilience the Tranmission Gully project team has shown over these unprecedented times.
First and foremost has come the safety of our people. It is understandable that our crews from out of Wellington and further afield left the site to be with their families during the lockdown. When the project returned to work as the country moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 on 28 April, we did so under strict new measures designed to maintain staff safety including the required physical distancing. Inevitably this will impact site productivity - but we are a resourceful team and are working hard to regain the project momentum.
We hope you enjoy the drone footage of current active work fronts along the project that we’ve included in this newsletter, in the construction update below.
Sergio Mejia, Chief Executive
Wellington Gateway Partnership