Three Bay of Plenty construction projects have been named finalists in the civil contracting industry's equivalent of the academy awards.

Civil Contractors New Zealand National Awards 2017 will be held in Dunedin next week and including the two Tauranga and one Whakatane projects.

They are remediation work at the Aniwhenua Dam Head in Whakatane, the revamp of the Tauranga waterfront, and the upgrade of Tauranga City Council's Memorial Park Pump Station.

These awards recognise excellence in the construction or maintenance of assets and have five categories with 27 finalists.

Nova Energy selected Waiotahi Contractors and consultants Tonkin + Taylor to design and take on the complex work to remediate a serious leak in the dam forming the Aniwhenua Power Station head pond in the remote Kaingaroa Forest. This work presented unprecedented challenge, complexity and urgency as the problem area was deep under water and amongst 35 years of accumulated debris

The Tauranga waterfront work, awarded to HEB Construction by the city council, involved the construction of new tidal stairs, a pier and a pontoon to help enhance the public space and enable safe access to the water.

Taken on by Brian Perry Civil, the memorial pump station upgrade was part of Tauranga City Council's Southern Pipeline infrastructure strategy to manage wastewater more effectively. The upgrade enabled wastewater to be diverted from southern areas of the city to the underutilised Te Maunga Plant.

The Hirepool Construction Excellence Awards will be announced at a formal dinner on the Friday evening.

CCNZ chief executive Peter Silcock said the awards were an annual highlight for the civil construction industry and a chance to celebrate the extremely hard and dedicated work that CCNZ members undertook on every project.

"Our members create the backbone of the nation and the awards are a way to say 'thanks for doing a wonderful job, we really appreciate what you do for your communities'."

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