ASB North Wharf a glowing example as Auckland companies clean up at Electricians Awards


Winner was ‘exceptional’ chief executive says 

Outstanding electrical work at ASB’s North Wharf development in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter has been recognised at the Master Electricians Excellence Awards as Auckland companies swept the boards at the industry’s gala event recently. 


Four Auckland companies shared the honours in all six categories of the competition, organised by the Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand (ECANZ) to recognise the highest achievements in electrical contracting. 


Mt Wellington company Bishman Ltd won the overall etco Master Electricians Excellence Award 2015 for its innovative work on ASB North Wharf. 


Bishman also carried off the Philips Lighting Award and the Powerbase Major Contract Award for the same project. Henderson-based Akon Electrical won the Ideal Electrical Suppliers Medium Contract Award for a Mini Garage showroom for BMW Auckland City. 


Commercial automation system 

Alpha Electrical, of Muriwai, won the J A Russell Ltd Award for a small business demonstrating excellence in business and/or a project, for the smart wiring of a domestic property using a commercial automation system — a first in New Zealand. 


Dalton Electrical of Otahuhu won the Industrial Automation Award for its fully automated electrical fit-out of Yashili’s new infant milk powder plant at Pokeno, a contract which required innovative approaches to meet the exceptional hygiene requirements. 


Judges said the Bishman team had put all its experience and skill to work and created ingenious solutions for the leading edge ASB North Wharf at Wynyard Quarter. 


The contract was so extensive that two of the team spent two months alone working on the enormous main switchboard. 


Incredible attention to the minutaie 

They noted: “Faith from the architect in Bishman and their sparkies to do the work says it all, with incredible attention to the minutiae and outstanding management and leadership shown in completing a job of this magnitude.” 


The winners were selected from 12 finalists countrywide for 16 projects. ECANZ chief executive Neville Simpson says finalists were selected for the quality of their workmanship and innovative solutions developed for challenging projects. 


“The final projects were all excellent, but the winner was exceptional. 


They have set a very high standard for the industry,” Mr Simpson says. Finalists were selected from a wide range of entries from ECANZ members, with all projects viewed onsite by three experienced judges from the industry. 


Winners were announced at the Master Electricians Awards Dinner at The Langham in Auckland.


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