Redclyffe Bridge Temporary Structure” is a finalist in the Community Award category at the 2024 Āpōpō Awards.

After Cyclone Gabrielle struck Hawke’s Bay in 2023, a collaborative team worked together to demolish the old bridge and construct a temporary one. Our efforts reconnected the community, easing strain on the transportation network. This project demonstrates our commitment to resilience and community well-being in times of adversity.

All involved: WSP, Hastings District Council, Concrete Structures Ltd, Fulton Hogan, Holmes Group, Jurgens Demolition, McNatty Construction Ltd

Following the devastating impact of Cyclone Gabrielle in Hawke’s Bay, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council, Concrete Structures, Holmes Group, WSP, McNatty Construction and Fulton Hogan, took swift action to address the critical need for transportation infrastructure. With the loss of the vital Redclyffe/Waiohiki bridge, members of WSP efficiently managed the contracts for demolishing the old structure while simultaneously allowing the design and construction of a temporary bridge. This bridge not only reconnected the affected community but also alleviated pressure on the strained transportation network. The integrated approach ensured minimal disruption and a swift solution, while prioritising safety and efficiency. Through collaborative efforts and diligent project management, we successfully restored vital access, demonstrating our commitment to resilience and community well-being in the face of adversity.



The project commenced with an initial evaluation of the roading network and confirming whether Brookfields Bridge or Redclyffe Bridge would be the most effective site for the temporary bridge. This work was carried out by a WSP Bridge Engineer, seconded to Hastings District Council (HDC) as the response and recovery coordinator.

Demolition and construction options for the new bridge were evaluated and presented to HDC for approval. The Council appraised the community of a staged approach (due to the sensitivity of the situation), first approving Jurgens for the demolition and, later, Concrete Structures Limited/Holmes for the design and construction of the temporary bridge. Due to the requirement for urgent action and to reduce risk for the Council, WSP was identified as having the appropriate experience and was appointed to the Principal’s Advisory role. WSP also provided Project Management support to the secondment role once contractors were confirmed.

WSP effectively managed the demolition and construction contracts onsite on behalf of HDC, ensuring seamless coordination and adherence to project timelines. Despite encountering adverse weather conditions and subsequent delays lasting three weeks, construction progressed with constant awareness of the effects to community that this bridge closure was having.

Throughout the project, HDC maintained active engagement with the community and Iwi, addressing their feedback and ensuring their voices were heard in the decision-making process. As construction neared completion, a Karakia ceremony was held at the bridge site, marking the completion of the construction phase.

The project’s completion signified, not only the restoration of vital transportation infrastructure but also, the strength of collaborative efforts between HDC, WSP, Contractors, local Iwi, and the community. The Redclyffe Bridge project is testament to effective governance, community consultation, and cultural sensitivity in delivering a project of significance to the region.