Simpson Grierson advises utility company on $2.4bn construction partnership

by Duffie Osental25 Oct 2019

Simpson Grierson has advised utility company Watercare on a $2.4 billion, 10-year construction partnership with Fulton Hogan and Fletcher Construction.

The firm’s construction team assisted in the development of a new contracting method for a collaborative process of infrastructure delivery that would also deliver on Watercare’s 40/20/20 vision (40% less carbon, 20% less cost, and 20% improved health & safety).

This collaborative arrangement allows the client, contractors, designers and the supply chain to work together from the early stages of the programme cycle to optimise procurement efficiency and programme delivery.

Partner Mike Weatherall and special counsel Lisa Curran led the firm’s construction team on this work, which included senior associates Sonia Vitas and Genevieve Cox.

Paul Blair, chief executive officer of Infrastructure New Zealand, said that the partnership is a “positive development for the wider infrastructure industry that will lead to better outcomes for all parties.”