Major Contract

Northern Pathway - Westhaven to Akoranga

PROJECT STATUS
Prospective
Northern Pathway - Westhaven to Akoranga

Northern Pathway will create a walking and cycling connection between Auckland City and North Shore.

Westhaven to Akoranga is a five-kilometre section starting in Westhaven, travelling across the Waitemata Harbour and continues onto Akoranga. This section was previously known as SkyPath/Auckland Harbour Bridge Shared Path and SeaPath. Both components have now been combined for delivery as part of the Northern Pathway. 

The preferred option for the Waitemata Harbour component is a standalone bridge alongside the existing Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Key Dates

Nov 2019 EOIs Open
Feb 2020 RFP Open
Aug 2020 Contract Award
Oct 2021 NZ Government decided not to proceed with a standalone bridge

Funding contributions

Since the cost revision for NZUP program in June 2021, and the identification of the new preferred option, the funding allocation for the project was increased to NZ$785 million from an initial NZ$360 million.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: NZ Transport Agency.
Shortlist: Two Alliance Groups including: Fulton Hogan, HEB, Aurecon and Freyssinet, and McConnell Dowell, Arup and Rizzani de Eccher.
Successful Tenderer: An Alliance comprising Fulton Hogan, HEB Construction, Aurecon, McConnell Dowell and Freyssinet.
Procurement note:

While the contract was awarded in August 2020, the New Zealand Government announced it will not be proceeding with the standalone bridge component of the project that was being developed at the time of contract award. The New Zealand Government announced it will reallocate the funding to other transport projects. An update on the awarded contract was not provided in October 2021 announcement.

PROJECT HISTORY

Jul 2019 SeaPath detailed business case released.
Nov 2019 ROI's for D&C contracts were released.
Jan 2020 Auckland Harbour Bridge Shared Path business case was released. The NZ Government also announced NZ$360 million in funding for the project as part of the NZ$12 billion New Zealand Upgrade Program.
Feb 2020 RFP shortlist was announced for Westhaven to Akoranga section.
Mar 2020 Preferred designs for connection points at Westhaven, Princes Street, Beach Road, Stafford Road and Onewa Road released for consultation.
Aug 2020 The Design and Construct contract was award for Westhaven to Akoranga section.
Mar 2021 The 2021-31 investment package of the Auckland Transport Alingment Project included the Westhaven to Akoranga section as a fully funded commitment.
Jun 2021 The New Zealand Government announced a revised preferred option for the Auckland Harbour crossing.
Jun 2021 The New Zealand Government announced that the preferred option for Waitemata Harbour crossing on the Westhaven to Akoranga section is a new standalone bridge alongside the existing Auckland Harbour Bridge. Separately, as part of the New Zealand Upgrade Program cost revisions, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency announced the Westhaven to Akoranga section has been allocated NZ$785 million in funding. The previous allocation was NZ$360 million.
Oct 2021 The New Zealand Government announced it will not proceed with the standalone bridge component of the Northern Pathway and will reallocate the funding to other transport projects. An update on the state of the design and construct contract that was awarded for the Westhaven to Akoranga section was not provided. The Government said it will investigate 'lower-cost' options for a walking and cycling connection across the Waitematā, however a timeline on this process or future construction dates was not provided.