Christchurch Bus Interchange*

A recognisable, iconic building which symbolised the commencement of the city centre regeneration.

Date: 2013 – 2015


Client: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)


Project Location: Christchurch 


Services Provided:Project Management, Procurement and Tender Management, Value and Risk Management, Contract Administration, Contract Advice, Engineer to the Contract

The Christchurch Bus Interchange is one of the anchor projects of the Canterbury Rebuild, and was the first to be delivered. The client requirement was for a recognisable, iconic building which symbolised the commencement of the city centre regeneration.

Paul Haggath was appointed as the project lead and Engineer to the Contract.Paul worked with and advised the CERA project, legal and procurement teams in the development of the project’s procurement strategy.

Concept design was developed through a design competition. Tendering designers needed to show an appropriate blend of aesthetic and technical solutions, whilst achieving the business case objectives of the city’s new transport hub.

Subsequently, the project was progressed on a two-stage Design and Build with Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) procurement model, designed to satisfy the project drivers of cost certainty, a critical Phase 1 completion date, and protection of the critical elements of the design solution.

Lessons to be shared

The project team faced a number of challenges, including a range of complexities and interdependencies with interfacing works and owners, the project’s political constraints, a maximum not-to-be-exceeded budget, and immoveable occupation dates. This required a carefully considered contract and procurement model, to deliver the project on budget and on time.

The contract was administered on robust decisions, which ultimately resulted in a win-win for all parties. The results are a testament to the excellent working relationships, and solution-driven project culture, engendered at the initiation of the project.

*This case study reflects a project undertaken by Paul Haggath pre-TEAM