Hawke’s Bay double win at contractor awards

HB Sports Park HockeyTurf

The Civil Contractors NZ Awards held on Friday night at The Old Church in Napier saw Higgins Hawkes Bay walk away with the Image award and for the fourth year, the over 200k award.

24 Hawke's Bay staff including CEO David Geor watched Louis Meyer collect their award won for the branches work on the Hawke's Bay Sports Park.

Higgins are key sponsors for the park, our initial involvement began with stage one in 2013 which included Higgins laying the athletics track and netball courts. This 2014 stage two of the involved constructing an international hockey facility, hockey pitch, warm up pitch and the associated works

The judges awarded the team for their excellence in constructing New Zealand’s first and only internationally recognised tier one hockey facility in a tight time frame and with redesign required. The Sports park had the first International Festival of Hockey booked in that couldn’t be changed and would be televised. Amongst other redesigns in the 20 week programme, this meant the flood lighting had to be specific for HD broadcasting standards.

To prevent delays in matches due to water ponding and to allow flat surface grades, the turf needed to be particularly porous. Higgins teamed up with international turf company Polytene STI. The HB team also designed and constructed a viewing tower from shipping containers fully equipped with power and fibre optics.