Challies Island Quarry and Wetland Development is a finalist project in the Environment & Sustainability category of the 2023 Asset Management Excellence Awards.

Fulton Hogan is helping to revitalise the wetlands of Nelson and Tasman, with the development of Challies Island quarry which will become home to 200,000 plants, public paths and access ways. Development of the new community asset has been aided by an innovative removable bridge structure, which is helping to reduce the environmental impact of quarry operations.

Over the past 170 years an estimated 95% of Nelson and Tasman’s wetland area has been lost to agriculture, horticulture and housing. Fulton Hogan is helping revitalise this wetland and, with it, increased biodiversity and environmental resilience. Affordable, locally-sourced aggregate is being sourced from the banks of the Waimea River in the Challies Island quarry development. In its place will be the start of a new wetland which will be home to 200,000 plants, public paths and access ways for the benefit of the environment, locals and visitors. Central to the development is an engineered solution created in conjunction with Taylors Contracting – a bridge which allows aggregate to be transported across the river to the Appleby Quarry, ensuring quarry plant stays out of the river while avoiding congested public roads. The 30m structure can also be removed within 48 hours of a major flood prediction.

With thanks to our category sponsor Morphum Environmental.