Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington, New Zealand


Memorial Park Alliance (MPA)/New Zealand Transport Authority/Ministry for Culture & Heritage




Memorial Park Alliance (MPA)/New Zealand Transport Authority/Ministry for Culture & Heritage

Project value

$NZD 296 million

Project overview

The redesign of New Zealand’s National War Memorial Park in Wellington was a large and complex project that involved creating a culturally significant, large public space over a State Highway 1 inner city underpass, in time for Pukeahu Landing to be the centrepiece of the country’s official ANZAC Centennial Commemorations on 25 April 2015.

The Memorial Park Alliance was formed in 2012 to deliver this high profile, nationally important, complex project on time and in a very challenging environment.  The design and construct project included construction of the new Arras Tunnel - a ‘cut-and-cover’ structure to underground a section of SH1, allowing the creation of Pukeahu Landing above.

The Memorial Park Alliance (MPA) comprised Downer, HEB, Tonkin + Taylor (T+T) and AECOM. T+T provided specialist engineering, design and environmental services.

Our contribution included project governance, alliance establishment and management expertise, design management, civil, geotechnical, and geometric design and CAD management.

T+T led planning, geometric design, civil design (including water, stormwater and waste water design), geotechnical engineering (including retaining wall design), environmental engineering and ‘temporary traffic management’ components of the project. We were also directly involved in establishing andmaintaining the high-performing and collaborative alliance team.

Pukeahu National Memorial Park was delivered to NZTA and the Ministry for Culture & Heritage before time, and under budget prompting NZTA to publicly say, “it has been our most successful alliance to date. The MPA has demonstrated how successfully we can deliver in very challenging circumstances".

The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park project team has won multiple awards for its work including the New Zealand Transport Agency’s GEM Award for ‘Connecting with the Community’, the HEB Business Excellence Award and New Zealand engineering’s most prestigious accolade, an ACENZ Merit Award.

Services provided by T+T to the MPA:

  • Project governance
  • Alliance establishment and management
  • Design management
  • Civil design
  • Geotechnical design
  • Geometric design
  • Environmental engineering services
  • CAD management
  • Risk management


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