The annual INNOVATE Awards of Excellence, administered by the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ), New Image SIL Building
celebrates projects that raise the bar of performance by exceeding what is considered standard practice in construction, infrastructure,natural environments and other engineering undertakings.

Each category winner was announced at an exclusive gala dinner held in Taupo on Saturday 12 August.

Skellerup took out the top honour in the ‘Collaborative Working Agreements’ category for its multi-disciplinary approach to working with engineering consultant Beca, construction company Calder Stewart and project planning specialists Inovo Projects, to bring the new Christchurch manufacturing facility, otherwise known as Project Viking, to life.

Project Viking combined all of Skellerup’s Woolston manufacturing operations, which over 78 years had become spread over two sites and 18 buildings, into a single, purpose-built facility. In addition to being engineers to the project, Beca provided expertise in the preliminary design for the civil and buildings work, while Calder Stewart was responsible for the design and build.

Inovo Projects led the planning and identified a critical path to ensure the resources required and sequence of events were clearly defined for both the construction and integration of manufacturing equipment. This ensured the timely delivery and continuity of Skellerup’s production capabilities.

Without the intimate involvement of the Skellerup Project Team which directed all requirements to enable a rubber mixing, moulding and distribution operation to become a reality, the project would not have been possible.

Skellerup Agri Division General Manager Guy Keogh said Project Viking had been widely acknowledged as a huge achievement and milestone for the company.  "No one party could deliver the complete project on its own – we needed the expertise of the wider group to have a successful outcome," he said.  "The collaboration of the Beca, Calder Stewart, Inovo and Skellerup teams throughout design, construction, fit-out and relocation was a key element to the success of this project."

"Without the planning and coordination of all four teams, the project deliverables would not have been met. There was a high degree of communication around objectives, scheduling, design issues, installation of large and heavy equipment, and simply who was doing what on a daily basis. Health and safety was also coordinated between all teams to ensure the project was delivered without any major injury to the staff and contractors."

According to Guy, one of the key objectives set at the beginning of Project Viking was to prevent interruptions during the transition period to the production of Skellerup’s quality products and maintain continuity of supply to customers worldwide.  "This required a carefully orchestrated move, which was achieved successfully to the relief of many of our key customers," he said.

"National recognition by way of the INNOVATE Awards is further testament to a very successful project, and acknowledgement for the hard work contributed by all the teams. All Skellerup personnel involved brought a wealth of knowledge, experience and technical understanding to the project. Together we delivered an outcome that establishes Skellerup with a world-class manufacturing facility for generations to come."