The Waiarohia Stream Footbridge was officially named the Kotuitui Whitinga on the day of the public opening – 13 September 2014.
A total of four conforming bids were received varying in value from $1.498m to $2.466m. Three of the conforming tenders received were from large, multinational construction companies and one bid, headed by Steve Bowling Contracting Limited using a selected group of local small to medium sized construction, design & consulting companies.
For Steve Bowling Contracting Limited, one of the main focuses of the tender was to complete the project utilizing 100% local consultants & contractors from the Whangarei District. This was important as value placed on ensuring that the community could see their rate payer money was being spent within the Whangarei District & they could also feel as they were contributing to the future of the community. Steve Bowling Contracting Limited achieved this with 100% of the project being built locally.
“We were very impressed with how Steve Bowling Contracting took the architects vision and turned this into a reality on site. This required some challenging engineering and construction, particularly given that the bridge structure is curved both horizontally and vertically which gave no room for error. Every single piece of the bridge was a bespoke one-off unit which had to be made precisely to fit. The fact that the bridge came together without a problem in a challenging marine environment was a credit to the construction team.
The quality of workmanship was outstanding and the attention to detail was to a high standard….
…We would definitely work with Steve Bowling Contractors again and would recommend them to any future clients.” Mark Seakins – Project Manager, Whangarei District Council – 7 May 2015