Firm seeks UK professionals to build $4.4bn rail tunnel in NZ

Tasked with building the country’s biggest ever infrastructure project, a New Zealand company is scouring the UK for construction professionals.

Downer New Zealand wants project managers, commercial managers, quantity surveyors, superintendents, supervisors and engineers to help it build New Zealand’s first underground urban rail tunnel and other major infrastructure over the next decade.

Downer, with Vinci, Aecom and others, is part of the Link Alliance building the NZ$4.4 billion City Rail Link in Auckland, including two 3.4km-long tunnels through New Zealand’s biggest city.

Downer’s executive general manager for infrastructure John Burden, said City Rail Link is New Zealand’s biggest infrastructure project and will require specialist expertise. UK professionals who have experience working on the Crossrail, for instance, will be "of significant value".

Downer is hosting ‘Secure your future in New Zealand’ recruitment events during October in London and Manchester.

New Zealand has had a massive building boom during the past 15 years, with no sign of abatement, he says.

"What has changed is the allocation away from roads and highways and more towards making cities more amenable, better places to live," Burden notes, citing the CRL, water and sewage infrastructure and myriad projects to better connect communities.

Burden says construction professionals will bring a lot of benefits to not only Downer but to the New Zealand construction sector.

"They will bring their expertise, all their experience from working in a much larger market, some of it in specialist areas where New Zealand does not have a lot of experience in," he says. "We want to bring some top construction talent down under to Aotearoa."

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