Hamilton City Council and Tainui Group Holdings
Schick started work on the Ruakura Spine Road project in January 2021. This major transport project borders the Ruakura Superhub, and once complete will be a key connection from the Waikato Expressway to Ruakura and existing city roads.
The scope of the project includes:
- Construction of a four-lane arterial road (Spine Road)
- Construction of Public two-lane road (Road 3)
- Stormwater, wastewater, water supply, outfalls, and treatments infrastructure within the above roads
- Traffic signal intersection’s construction, Construction of a Rail Level Crossing on Percival Road
15 months on, Schick is making timely progress on the project, with 90% of the earthworks finished, and all the drainage works, and service upgrades completed. 60,000m2 of pavement, which is equivalent to 8.5 soccer fields, as well as footpaths, and topsoil are now being laid in preparation for the completion of the project in June 2022.
Managing water after laying the 680m of deep sewer line in the middle of winter proved to be a challenge for the Schick Civil team on this project. However, they continued to make progress after collaborating with other head contractors in the area to establish a system to effectively manage the dirty water.
Guided by one of the project’s key principles of ‘Do what’s right,’ the Schick Civil team has worked hard to be socially and environmentally responsible. Sustainable practices such as minimizing idle time and unnecessary usage of machinery on site have been implemented to reduce the impact the project has had on the environment.
Mudfish, which are considered a treasure to Māori iwi, were found in drains on the project site in an assessment of environmental effects. The Schick team worked alongside ecologists to ensure these mudfish were caught and rehomed to mitigate the adverse ecological effects associated with the Ruakura Spine Road project.