NEW ZEALAND infrastructure and construction firm Hawkins Group has continued its work across the Pacific after working on the Kumul Flyover project in Papua New Guinea, which was opened in late May last year.

A 2.2 kilometre, four lane elevated concrete flyover and road from Jackson’s Airport to Sir John Guise roundabout in Waigani, the K161 million Kumul Flyover allows suburbs once considered remote to connect to other parts of the city.

Hawkins PNG country and Melanesia regional manager Seth Pardoe said the company was proud to have delivered the project on behalf of the PNG community, government and the National Capital Development Commission.

“We’ve established strong relationships in the supply chain, we’ve transferred skills, developed staff, and employed a great team who are proud to be part of delivering this complex piece of infrastructure to the highest international health, safety and quality standards, and ahead of program,” he said.

Throughout the project, Hawkins worked with and built great inclusive relationships with suppliers, sub-contractors, the local community and Erima community leaders and employed over 900 mainly local workers.

Throughout the course of construction, Hawkins had only fenced the immediate work areas for public and staff safety, the group said.

In addition, staff regularly walked the site to actively engage with locals and ensure they were available to answer any questions.

To manage pedestrian and vehicle traffic, static traffic management systems such as barriers and cones were used to minimise disruption and inconvenience to the community.

This resulted in an outstanding safety record, the company said, having recorded zero lost time injuries within the 750,000 man hours project duration.

Hawkins is currently working in other parts of South East Asia and the Pacific on notable projects such as Fiji’s Nadi Airport upgrade and four separate contracts to build wharves, jetties and road access infrastructure throughout Vanuatu, including the beautification of the foreshore of Port Villa.

Hawkins is also actively tendering and negotiating other significant projects in the region such as: mining, hydro and wind power plants, roads and bridges, marine, water and waste water, hotels, buildings and other key vertical and horizontal construction and infrastructure projects.

“We are looking forward to continuing to deliver quality assets for the people of Melanesia and the Pacific and further cultivating their social infrastructure through training and developing men and women at all levels,” Mr Pardoe said.

By partnering with and fostering the local supply chain and sub-contractor companies, Hawkins capability and expertise has helped to strengthen and support the enablement of local people and subcontractors, the company said.