Land & Water Quality

FROM A CLIENT'S PERSPECTIVE

Here's some of the ways we've helped government, iwi and the private sector make better planning and environmental decisions
that balance the needs of land, water and people.

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WHITEHORSE PROPERTY GROUP LTD.

4Sight was engaged by Whitehorse Property in 2016 to provide environmental due diligence advice in relation to a potential property acquisition.  The EDD process was used to facilitate the land purchase, and further investigation of soil and groundwater was undertaken to support the resource consent process.

THE PROJECT

Whitehorse Property had identified land suitable for the construction of a multilevel apartment development on the CBD fringe in Auckland.  The property had a lengthy history, with land use including a range of commercial and industrial activities which presented a number of potential environmental risks.  Services provided by 4Sight included:

  • Conducting a fast turn-around environmental due diligence assessment

  • Desktop assessment of soil and groundwater contamination

  • Intrusive soil and groundwater works (drilling, soil analysis, groundwater monitoring)

  • Preparation of reports to support the resource consent process

THE APPROACH

A thorough understanding environmental risk, and presentation of this risk in a commercial context, is critical to an effective environmental diligence process.  4Sight was able to mobilise at short notice, understand the key environmental risks, and deliver this information to the client in a manner which facilitated their property transaction.

4Sight was then able to use this information to design an intrusive site investigation to adequately identify potential contaminants in soil and groundwater, delineate the extent of contamination, and facilitate obtaining a resource consent for development.

 

THE OUTCOME

To date 4Sight has providing timely advice to the client in both acquisition of the property and obtaining resource consent for development of the site.  This has included using our knowledge of the local regulatory framework to prepare work scope that satisfied both the client and the regulatory authorities.

We have worked with Aaron and his team on multiple projects now and have found 4Sight to be responsive, efficient and effective. This site contained a number of challenges due to both its historic and existing use and Nigel has successfully worked through these issues whilst carrying out environmental diligence work and soil groundwater assessments. We highly recommended 4sight.
— Steve Bond - Project Manager, Whitehorse Property Group

Whitehorse

High quality Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) and Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) investigations to support a property development process from pre-purchase through to consenting

BIKE PARK IN THE BIRKENHEAD WAR MEMORIAL PARK

THE APPROACH

4Sight took a collaborative approach with the project team to achieve the design intention for a pump bike track.  

4Sight’s contaminated land specialists undertook a contaminated soil review to assess risks and requirements under the relevant standards including:

  • National Environmental Standard for the Protection of Human Health against Contamination

  • Auckland Council Regional Plan: Air, Land and Water

  • Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

They were able to overcome potential contaminated soil hurdles during the consent process by demonstrating that permitted activity conditions could be met during physical works.

4Sight’s planning team also prepared and managed the resource consent process, providing initial feedback on the site and design brief, addressing district and regional planning requirements. 
4Sight then handled specific issues raised during the consenting process such as storm water management, intensity and scale of use, noise and other potential effects on residential sites. Non-notified consent was achieved. 

THE PROJECT

4Sight provided planning and contaminated land services to Auckland Council’s Parks department to enable delivery of a new bike park within the Birkenhead War Memorial Park. The track opened in May 2016.  

THE OUTCOME

4Sight provided essential specialist and planning services to inform the design and facilitate the resource consent process. This enabled the achievement of a fantastic community asset which promotes exercise, recreation and family fun. 

Bike Park

4Sight provided planning and contaminated land services to Auckland Council’s Parks department to enable delivery of a new bike park within the Birkenhead War Memorial Park.

SAVING TIME AND MONEY BY HELPING TO SEGREGATE CLEAN AND CONTAMINATED SOIL

4Sight helps Transpower and its contractors with soil assessment and disposal options, saving them time and money. 

The project

4Sight have assisted Transpower on a number of different projects and on a range of sites. Our work has included:

  • Soil sampling and assessment;

  • Advising on soil segregation methods to determine which material can be disposed of as cleanfill versus managed fill;

  • Statistically analysing soil sample data to demonstrate to authorities that the majority of the soil is actually cleanfill, which saved the client more than $500,000;

  • Helping the client to avoid practices that could result in large areas of land being classified as potentially contaminated areas;

  • Working with contractors and disposal facilities to find least-cost options for soil management.

The approach

When 4Sight worked with the client on their Paraparaumu substation project, we provided a holistic contaminated land service centred around the goal of saving the client money by demonstrating that the majority of the site's soil could, in fact, be classified as cleanfill material.

The nature of the project meant that we had to adopt a reactive, collaborative approach. 4Sight were often asked to provide on-call soil assessment services in advance of substation upgrade or construction operations, and we worked closely with the contractors and disposal facilities to manage soil as cost-effectively as possible.

THE OUTCOME 

At the Paraparaumu substation, 4Sight helped the client save over $500,000 by helping to identify and segregate cleanfill from impacted soils, which meant that the majority of the material could be shipped offsite as cleanfill material. 

At other sites, we have helped Transpower avoid practices that could result in large areas of land being classified as potentially contaminated areas, thus costing them large amounts of money. 

The impressive results we've achieved for Transpower can be attributed to our thorough understanding of consenting and disposal requirements, and our strong working relationships with the contractors and disposal facilities.

Transpower

Saving Time and Money by Helping to Segregate Clean and Contaminated Soil.

Soil Assessment and Disposal. 4Sight helps Transpower and its contractors with soil assessment and disposal options, saving them time and money.

DEVELOPING THE SUSTAINABLE CATCHMENTS PROGRAMME

Auckland Council engaged 4Sight to help them develop the Sustainable Catchments Programme – a number of community-based interventions aimed at improving priority urban catchments to contribute to stormwater, water quality, stream restoration and social outcomes.

The approach

 We took a collaborative approach to working with Auckland Council, acting as a trusted advisor and as integral part of their team by:

  • Understanding the project's strategic context;

  • Building an effective working relationship with the client's SCP team – which proved essential for working well together under tight project deadlines;

  • Giving the client priority access to our project team's availability;

  • Working collaboratively between the SCP team and the wider-consultancy group to develop and deliver the project;

  • Understanding the client's vision for the programme and what they needed it to deliver;

  • Being passionate about the SCP and truly wanting it to succeed – which meant we'd do whatever it took to deliver the project.

THE PROJECT

4Sight helped Auckland council establish the programme and support its implementation over a three year period, with some of our key contributions including:

  • Design of the overall programme methodology;

  • Development of catchment-specific 10 Year Programme Implementation Plans, with the identification of freshwater ecological enhancement projects to give the council and community a strategic “plan of action”;

  • Management of on-the-ground projects in several urban catchments as the Urban Project (Delivery) Manager;

  • Development of systems and methodologies to prioritise enhancement projects on a programme and regional basis;

  • Development of a programme monitoring strategy to measure the programme's success against programme, catchment and project objectives.

THE OUTCOME

The project was an overwhelming success. All of its milestones were met on time, and the programme will provide the necessary resourcing, structure and management to handle the forecasted increase in spend from $80k/annum to $1.5m/annum. The planning and implementation methodologies we developed will help the client choose priority community-based interventions that will meet the programme's objectives. 

Auckland Council

DEVELOPING THE SUSTAINABLE CATCHMENTS PROGRAMME

Auckland Council engaged 4Sight to help them develop the Sustainable Catchments Programme – a number of community-based interventions aimed at improving priority urban catchments to contribute to stormwater, water quality, stream restoration and social outcomes. 

ACHIEVING A SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME THROUGH COLLABORATION AND TRUST

4Sight helped Auckland Council deliver an award-winning stream restoration and wetland project that helped to resolve flooding and improve the ecological and amenity features of an urban stream environment. 

The project

4Sight assisted with the environmental management and compliance apsects of the Martyn Wilson Reserve project. We also helped the client obtain consents and provided technical input to the project's contamination aspects where it was needed.

Key features of the project included:

  • Construction of a formed stormwater treatment pond;

  • Clearing of mangroves;

  • Extensive landscape native planting along the stream margins to reduce erosion and provide ecological habitat;

  • Constructed timber boardwalk and footbridge to improve community connectivity with the stream;

  • Control of the water flow from the pond via a weir which was constructed with special features to allow fish passage.

The approach

Our approach to the project was centred around high levels of trust and collaboration; we worked with several different consultancies and also went to great lengths to involve local residents and schools in the decision-making process.

This mutual respect and trust with the local residents, formed during high-level engagement at the project's consultation stage, was built upon by the construction team who established an outstanding level of rapport with the local residents.

Our role as the project's independent compliance advisor helped to achieve a greater level of buy-in from all parties. This meant that when design changes were required, a collaborative approach could be used and all parties were aware of the fast turnaround times required.

THE OUTCOME

The project was an outstanding success due to the high levels of trust, respect and collaboration between all parties involved. It was such a success, in fact, that it won numerous awards including the Excellence in Environmental Practice award at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards 2013, the 2013 New Zealand Contractors' Federation Environmental Award for projects under $2 million, and the Ingenium Excellence Awards 2013 – Winner projects under $2 million.

Martyn Wilson Reserve

Achieving a Successful Outcome Through Collaboration and Trust

Stream Restoration and Wetland Project. 4Sight helped Auckland Council deliver an award-winning stream restoration and wetland project.

HELPING TRANSPOWER SAFELY REMOVE HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AND REUSE DECONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

As part of Transpower's Benmore and Haywards Pole 1 Deconstruction Project, 4Sight was engaged to assist where historic operations had resulted in mercury contamination within the building.  There was asbestos-containing material (ACM) present, and in some areas the ACM was also contaminated with mercury. 4Sight’s innovative protocol meant asbestos and mercury removal in a manner that provided for worker health and safety and environmental protection.  It also allowed crushed concrete from the deconstruction project to be used as backfill material, which avoided disposal costs and a reduced carbon footprint.

The project

 4Sight was engaged to help with the deconstruction of the Pole 1 buildings at the Benmore and Haywards substations, where historic operations had resulted in mercury contamination within the building.  There was asbestos-containing material (ACM) present, and in some areas the ACM was also contaminated with mercury.     

Transpower wanted to deconstruct the Pole 1 building and use the concrete from the process as fill material in the Pole 1 building's basement; however, this couldn't proceed until the asbestos and mercury were removed and the client obtained consent.

Drawing on our experience with national, regional, and district requirements, as well as international experience in ACM and mercury removal, we helped Transpower evaluate the human health and ecological risks and costs associated with various deconstruction, building reuse, and debris disposal scenarios for the project. We also helped the client reduce their potential liability by providing rigorous systems to document processes and maintain transparency in remediation activities.

The approach

In our work on the project, we:

  • Developed an innovative protocol for mercury and asbestos removal and removal evaluation;

  • Evaluated potential ecological and human health risks from reuse of cleaned concrete as on-site fill material;

  • Developed a resource consenting strategy, which was a joint effort by 4Sight's Land and Water Quality team and our Planning and Policy team;

  • Prepared consent applications;

  • Presented information to Canterbury Regional Council;

  • Provided recommendations for appropriate monitoring strategies to ensure environmental protection, including recommending guideline levels for surface water and sediment monitoring.

  • Monitored contractor works against the protocol; and

  • Evaluated air monitoring and other data

THE OUTCOME

4Sight’s innovative protocol meant the removal contractor did not require containment for asbestos removal.    By using our international contacts, we identified products that allow the safe removal of asbestos-containing tiles and adhesive without containment being required and with no airborne release of asbestos.  The protocol was approved by Environment Canterbury and WorkSafe NZ.  This innovation has resulted in a cost savings of over $100,000 at Benmore alone. 

Consent was granted with guideline values for environmental protection, and the monitoring programme as presented in the application was approved. Being able to reuse deconstruction materials on-site will save Transpower tens of thousands of dollars, with the alternative being off-site disposal.

TRANSPOWER POLE 1

As part of Transpower's Benmore and Haywards Pole 1 Deconstruction Project, 4Sight was engaged to assist where historic operations had resulted in mercury contamination within the building. 

BALANCING THE NEEDS OF THE CLIENT, COMMUNITY AND COUNCIL

2degrees officially launched its mobile service in 2009 but the team at 4Sight have been working with the company since 2005, successfully managing the programme delivery of the resource consent process for the company’s national network rollout.

THE PROJECT

Gaining resource consents for over 400 sites across New Zealand required 4Sight to work with 61 territorial local authorities and included:

  • Planning services for new site builds, site upgrades, site changes and moves;

  • Representation at pre-hearing meetings and public hearings

  • Local government liaison;

  • General policy and compliance advice;

  • Consultation support;

  • Training on the interpretation of the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health (NES);

  • Provision of general advice on the implementation of the NES at a specific site level;

  • Undertaking site-specific investigations to meet the requirements of the NES.


THE OUTCOME

Our longstanding and ongoing relationship with 2degrees demonstrates 4Sight’s ability to successfully deliver large, complex telecommunications projects on time, within scope and budget. It also shows our commitment to achieving high quality outcomes for all stakeholders.

THE APPROACH

Managing the coordination and delivery of the necessary consents, often in short timeframes, required a collaborative and flexible approach. Our planners worked within the 2degrees project teams which were divided into areas of the country, each with their own 2degrees Project Manager. The scale of the network build demanded a  range of scalable planning skills, which 4Sight was able to deliver in an integrated manner to satisfy the client’s daily, monthly and annual milestones.

On a programme of this nature and scale, hurdles will inevitably arise. The planning team's extensive knowledge and experience dealing with contentious sites made them excellent ‘problem solvers’, enabling the team to overcome obstacles and devise solutions that meet the needs of the client, community and council.

4Sight has helped 2degrees with a huge cell site consenting programme since before 2degrees’ launch in 2009, delivering around 600 approvals for new sites and upgrades around the country. 4Sight’s staff integrate seamlessly into our project teams and provide robust advice and design input, and have a thorough but most importantly efficient approach to our applications and Council relationships, which ensures we can meet extremely tight consenting timeframes on key projects. 4Sight are also adaptable and always willing to accommodate the changing needs of our business without a fuss.
— Ben Blakemore, RAN Manager, 2degrees

2 Degrees Mobile

2degrees officially launched its mobile service in 2009 but the team at 4Sight have been working with the company's National Cellular Network rollout since 2001.

OUTSIDE THE BOX THINKING STREAMLINES CONSENTING PROCESS FOR PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT 

4Sight provides cost-effective and time-efficient investigations of potentially contaminated land to satisfy consenting requirements for property developers.

The project

4Sight has conducted preliminary and detailed site investigations of proposed residential development sites, where the land has previously been used for:

  • Orchards;

  • Market gardens;

  • Timber mills;

  • Petrol stations;

  • Fertiliser sales and storage;

  • Manufacturing sites.

We carry out all of our investigations in accordance with the Ministry for the Environment's Contaminated Land Management Guidelines and meet the requirements of the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health.

 

 

The approach

We review historic and council records, conduct site inspections and reconstruct site histories to evaluate their potential risks. In the interest of saving the client time and money, we also sometimes conduct limited sampling during our preliminary investigation.

After analysing our results from the preliminary investigation, we determine if the potential risk will allow the proposed activity to be consented. We then normally negotiate with councils to allow additional investigations to take place alongside any planned earthworks, thus saving the client additional costs.

The Outcome

Thanks to our in-depth understanding of the regulatory requirements, and our innovative investigative approaches such as composite sampling and field screening for heavy metals, we've been able to save clients time and money and have helped to assure a fast and smooth consenting process. 

Confidential Client-Residential Development Assessments

Outside the Box Thinking Streamlines Consenting Process for Property Development

4Sight provides cost-effective and time-efficient investigations of potentially contaminated land to satisfy consenting requirements for property developers.

BALANCING CLIENT EXPECTATIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AND REGULATORY REALITIES

4Sight helped Automotive Holdings Group assess the resource consenting constraints for the redevelopment of their industrial site in late 2010, and in 2011 helped them gain consent for their Ford & Mazda showroom redevelopment. 

The project

Automotive Holdings Group engaged 4Sight in 2010 to assess the resource consenting constraints for their industrial site's redevelopment. Our involvement in the project saw us assessing a potential contamination at the site and helping the client gain consent to redevelop the western section so that they could build a new Mazda showroom.

We were then subsequently engaged in 2011 to help the client gain consent for the redevelopment of their Ford showroom, situated in the eastern section of the site, and to carry out a contaminated site management plan and construction management plan.

 

THE OUTCOME

The site redevelopments required a number of parking spaces, and the parking shortfall was a significant hurdle in the resource consent process. To overcome this challenge, we had to obtain input from traffic experts and also carefully manage the client’s expectations. In the end an outcome was reached that alleviated the proposals' impact on parking in the area. 

Our ongoing relationship with the client, along with the successful outcomes we've achieved so far, demonstrate our ability to work with other consultants as “one whole team” and also to carefully balance client expectations, regulatory realities and environmental concerns. 

 

THE APPROACH

Both projects required input from a wide range of specialists. The scope of services to help the client gain consent included:

  • Carrying out initial site analysis and scope of required applications;

  • Organising and reviewing expert reports from architectural, acoustic, traffic, geotechnical and arboricultural professionals;

  • Providing site contamination advice, investigations and sampling;

  • Developing contaminated site management plans, construction management plans and health and safety plans;

  • Representing the client liaising with Auckland Council;

  • Preparing and lodging resource consents;

  • Managing the resource consenting process to ensure quick delivery of consent decisions.

We have recently completed a project with 4Sight for the redevelopment of a city fringe site. This involved a range of planning services including traffic planning and contamination reports together with arranging pre lodgement Resource Consent meeting and managing through the Consent and approvals process. The service was friendly, efficient, on time, and effective in achieving our Clients objectives.
— Roger Langley, vanVeenendaal Rosnell Langley, Architecture Ltd.


John Andrew Ford and Mazda

Balancing Client Expectations, Environmental Concerns and Regulatory Realities

4Sight helped Automotive Holdings Group assess the resource consenting constraints for the redevelopment of their industrial site

ENSURING AUCKLAND'S NEW WATER SUPPLY IS INSTALLED WITH MINIMAL IMPACT TO THE ENVIRONMENT

The Fulton Hogan-John Holland joint venture engaged 4Sight in early 2012 to act as contaminated land specialists for the installation of the Hunua 4 water main pipeline. In May 2013, our role was broadened to include acting as the Environmental & Compliance Manager for section 2 of the pipeline. 

The project

The Hunua 4 project, which is being undertaken by Watercare, is to install a new water main. The objectives of the project are to cater for Auckland's population growth and make the water supply more secure. Services provided by 4Sight include:

  • Overseeing assessment and management of soil and groundwater contamination along the construction route;

  • Ensuring the project complies with the conditions of the contaminated land discharge consent;

  • Soil vapour and landfill gas monitoring;

  • Managing accidental discoveries of contamination, including asbestos;

  • Interpreting soil, surface water and groundwater analytical data and soil-vapour readings;

  • Liaising with Auckland Council as the regulatory authority;

  • Providing advice and direction on any encountered contaminations.

 

The approach

Effective collaboration between the project's different stakeholders is critical to its success. 4Sight is working closely with the joint venture to facilitate a collaborative environment where all parties' interests are fairly represented.

Due to the installation's nature, a wide range of environmental issues have been – and will be – encountered. As a result, 4Sight has had to provide specialist advice on multiple issues encompassing several different disciplines. Our work so far has included regular field inspections, comprehensive data assessment, liaising with Auckland Council and coaching the client's onsite employees.

The Outcome

So far we've helped the client to fully comply with regional authorities, and have helped them strike the right balance between environmental concerns and cost-effectiveness. 

I have dealt with hundreds of consultants over the years and dozens of different businesses ranging from multiple nationals to boutique niche providers and therefore I feel as though I can give you a valid impression of your business and the service provided. I have regularly dealt with both Renate Schutte and Anne Lightfoot regarding contaminated land issues associated with our project and without exception they have been brilliant. Their advice and direction has been a breath of fresh air and has restored my faith in consultants. They have been quick to respond, thorough, and utterly professional. Both Renate and Anne have greatly contributed to the successful start-up of our project. They are a credit to their professional and to your business and I look forward to working with them over the next 4 years of this project. Many thanks and congratulations on truly top customer service.
— Simon Cathcart, (then) Environmental & Quality Manager, Fulton Hogan John Holland Joint Venture

Hunua

Ensuring Auckland's New Water Supply is Installed with Minimal Impact to the Environment

The Fulton Hogan-John Holland joint venture engaged 4Sight in early 2012 to act as contaminated land specialists for the installation of the Hunua 4 water main pipeline.

HELPING IWI FISHERIES ACHIEVE A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

To assist towards planning for, protecting and sustainably managing their freshwater environment and customary freshwater fisheries, 4Sight was engaged to help the eight mana whenua iwi of Te Tau Ihu gain a deeper understanding of their native freshwater environment.

The project

4Sight undertook a review of historical and current scientific and cultural research within the rohe, to understand the current state. A range of interview materials was then designed to capture and understand:

  • traditional fishing histories, tikanga and kawa specific to hapū or iwi;

  • mahinga kai sites, and taonga species – how they were and how they are now, individual perspectives on current issues and solutions, and

  • iwi aspirations for the future.

Face-to-face interviews were carried out with Kaumātua throughout the rohe. The interviews were professionally filmed by writer and film director Wiremu Grace to capture these personal memories as part of the historical record. 

The final output provided a visual representation of environmental and historical information using GIS mapping to support the report.

The approach

We recognised from the start that our client was seeking more than just another scientific report, but more a reflection of the state of the rohe from an iwi and hapu perspective, represented visually and backed by hard facts.    This required a diverse set of skills encompassing ecology, freshwater and customary fisheries management, policy, GIS and an understanding of Te Ao Māori.

  • We gave a voice to iwi and hapū aspirations through interviews. Establishing relationships through correct protocol, acknowledging mana, and taking the time to talk and listen meant that Kaumātua felt comfortable to express their views, and share their history.

  • We used our familiarity with ecological databases and information sources to find and incorporate a wide range of relevant information.

  • We used GIS mapping to present information visually in a way that was easy to understand, while retaining a greater level of detail that could be analysed at any given time;

  • We presented the results orally, and provided digital copies of the GIS maps and final report.

The outcome

Iwi now have a clearer understanding and documented record of the state of the native freshwater fishery, the various pressures it faces, the regulatory mechanism, along with a clear picture of the information gaps that need to be filled to enable long term sustainable management.  

Prioritised recommendations to address information gaps were developed in line with iwi driven solutions that will help achieve iwi aspirations for freshwater fishery management.

Te Tau Ihu

The Native Freshwater Fishery

4Sight was engaged to help the eight mana whenua iwi of Te Tau Ihu towards planning for, protecting and sustainably managing their freshwater environment and customary freshwater fisheries.

WORKING WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO BALANCE SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC OUTCOMES

4Sight has been providing planning and environmental related services to local government clients since 2001, and in doing so has helped to deliver more than $400 million of new public stormwater infrastructure in the Auckland Region.

The project  

4Sight has been working on the Auckland City Stormwater Capital Works Programme since 2001. Over the years we have been engaged to:

  • Identify RMA-related problems that were hindering progress on new capital works projects;

  • Recommend and implement a number of strategies to solve RMA-related problems;

  • Prepare standardised resource consent templates;

  • Development and implementation of consultation and engagement plans;

  • Identify all required permits including those under the RMA (District, Regional and NES), Historic Places Act, Reserves Act etc.

  • Acquisition of resource consents, including blanket consents;

  • Act as a single point of contact for driving applications through council;

  • Represent the client with key authorities and stakeholders;

  • Develop and manage service level agreements for iwi consultation;

  • Advise on, and investigate, contaminated sites;

  • Carry out ecological assessments;

  • Deliver specialist reports (through sub-consultants) on archaeological, aboricultural and ecological matters;

  • Manage health safety and environmental construction risks and drive best practice through outsourced compliance management services.

The approach

Our ongoing success in this sector is due, in no small part, to our understanding of engineering and physical works project delivery. We blend this knowledge with an in-depth understanding of stormwater management, environmental impact assessment, resource consent acquisition and compliance.

The combined skill sets, experience and working relationships we've built up from working on the programme for so many years means we can effectively communicate across the entire Stormwater Programme – from design engineers to compliance officers through to members of the public.

We also recognise that the Council's priority is to ensure that Auckland's ratepayers receive good value for money whilst also balancing the desired environmental, social and economic outcomes. 4Sight help to achieve this by enforcing a working culture of getting things right first time and understanding Council’s business from high-level strategies to their translation through on-the-ground project delivery. 

The outcome  

Our longstanding and ongoing involvement in the programme speaks for itself. It not only demonstrates our ability to consistently meet consenting time frames, thus allowing construction to proceed as planned, but it also shows our ability to collaborate and work as a team with a large number of different consultancies and contractors.

4Sight's involvement throughout the entire project life cycle has enabled our planners to gain a better understanding of the constraints associated with implementing resource consents and construction works. And as a result, no projects to date have proceeded to a public hearing process or the Environment Court. 

The ASL team have been supporting Auckland’s local government for the last 14 years and, since the amalgamation, have become a “go to” planning and environmental consultant for the Auckland Council’s Stormwater Team. They are simply good to do business with, work as an integral part of our team, and can be trusted and relied upon to provide the right advice and support that we need first time.
— Phil Jaggard, Strategy and Resilience Manager, Auckland Council Stormwater

Auckland Council

Stormwater Capital Works Programme

4Sight has been providing planning-related services to local government clients since 2001, and in doing so has helped to deliver more than $400 million of new public stormwater infrastructure.

COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS BENEFIT FROM TAKING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH

4Sight is currently working alongside Worley Parson engineers to deliver a range of port projects, including redeveloped cargo yard and wharf facilities, and continued maintenance dredging and offshore disposal for Eastland Port Ltd.

The project

4Sight are currently investigating various options for improving breakwater protection and extended vessel berthing/loading facilities. This has included, among other things:

  • Preparing environmental impact assessments;
  • Engaging stakeholders;
  • Contaminated land management;
  •  Working alongside various specialist such as acoustic engineers and archaeologists.

Our role was recently extended, and 4Sight are now responsible for managing Eastland Port's resource consent compliance programme. We are also currently preparing a Port Environmental Management Plan which covers port and related inland cargo.

Eastland Port recently lodged coastal permit applications for continued maintenance dredging and offshore disposal. As a result, we were required to review the Port of Gisborne's historical dredging and water quality data. The aim of doing so was to assess the the port's significance as a settlement area for juvenile crayfish, which some stakeholders see as an important issue. 

The outcome

By joining forces with our engineering partner, Worley Parson, 4Sight have been able to give the client a service offering which encompasses planning, environmental and engineering services – all of which are in relation to the development and maintenance of the port.

 As a result successful stakeholder consultation, the consent for continued maintenance dredging has been lodged on a limited notified basis. The port has also established a company-wide compliance management system – with clearly allocated responsibilities – thanks to 4Sight's ongoing compliance support. 

The approach

4Sight has been Eastland Port's trusted planning and environmental consultancy for a number of years, and has worked on a number of coastal development projects that straddle the land-coastal marine area interface, particularly in terms of new or extended infrastructure.

The experience we've gained from working on projects involving ports, marinas, walkways and wharves has given us significant insight into the inner-workings of local government, and in particular how to navigate their clients through complex RMA and related environmental matters.

Thanks to our experience working on a wide range of coastal projects, 4Sight's staff members have a deep understanding of the type of consents required and how to obtain them in a short period of time. A significant advantage of working with 4Sight is our ability to combine this knowledge with our own technical expertise in marine ecology, water quality management and contaminated land remediation. 

4Sight have brought together complex consenting and environmental problems into common sense solutions. They have worked collaboratively with our design engineers Worley Parsons to deliver excellent outcomes for Eastland Port under some tight timeframes, and continue to be involved in helping shape the future of the port.
— Andrew Gaddum, General Manager Eastland Port

 

Eastland Port

Eastland Port

4Sight is currently working alongside Worley Parson engineers to deliver a range of port projects, including redeveloped cargo yard and wharf facilities, and continued maintenance dredging and offshore disposal for Eastland Port.

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