Major Contract

Southern Motorway Upgrade - Papakura to Drury South Stage One

Under Delivery
Southern Motorway Upgrade - Papakura to Drury South Stage One

Stage One of the Southern Motorway upgrade will widen the motorway to three lanes in each direction between Papakura and Drury.

The project has been divided into three stages: 

  • Stage 1A - Upgrades to SH1 between Papakura and Otūwairoa/Slippery Creek 
  • Stage 1B1 - Active transport path between Papakura and Drury alongside the northbound lane of SH1, rebuilding the Papkura Interchange to enable the electrification of the Papakura to Pukekohe rail line, and 
  • Stage 1B2 - New Otūwairoa/Slippery Creek bridge 

The stage has been divided into further stages to allow fro separate consenting procedures due to sites of cultural significange along the route of SH1. 

Key Dates

Jul 2020 ROIs Open
Oct 2020 RFT Open
Mar 2021 Contract Award
Apr 2021 Construction Commencement - Stage 1A
Jul 2022 Expected Construction Commencement - Stage 1B1


Procuring Agency: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Successful Tenderer: Fulton Hogan


May 2020 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency issued Advanced Notice of Information announcing the start of procurement, closing on 3 June 2020.
Jul 2020 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency opened the Registrations of Interest process for the project.
Oct 2020 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency released the Request for Tender to shortlisted candidates.
Mar 2021 Contract for the first package of works under Stage One was awarded to Fulton Hogan.
Apr 2021 Construction on Stage 1A commenced.
Jul 2021 Applications for environmental consent were lodged for Stage 1B1 of the project.
Nov 2021 Consent approval was granted for Stage 1B1 of the project for a new walking and cycling path, and an upgraded Drury interchange to enable rail electrification. Stage 1B1 physical works were expected to begin in early 2022, with the construction of new raised bridges at Drury interchange, and construction of the main interchange anticipated to begin in mid-2023.
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
New Zealand |