Collaborative Working Agreement and Infrastructure Alliance

Hamilton City Transportation Unit has adopted a Collaborative Working Agreement (CWA) with a major contractor, to maintain our roads. The scope includes all activities within the road corridor from property boundary to property boundary. This is a ten year contract and involves staff from the City Transportation Unit working closely with, and from the same office as, the contractor. The reason for this new way of working is to provide a more efficient and effective service to customers. The CWA is an alliance type contract and this type of contract is becoming more widely used. The selected contractor, Downer NZ, was awarded the project in October 2013 after a competitive tender process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Collaborative Working Agreement? 

A CWA is a contractual arrangement which sees two parties enter a long-term business arrangement which is designed to deliver shared goals on integrated planning, customer service and delivery, efficiencies and value for money.

Why has Hamilton City Council Transportation Unit decided to go down this track? 

Efficiency is the key driver of the new collaborative approach to lead city maintenance and renewal work. The continuation of the traditional contract process will not deliver the required outcomes for a growing city’s roads, biking paths and footpaths.

What are the projected savings for Hamilton ratepayers?

No figure has been put on savings, but this is an opportunity to get more work done for the same budget. The city had a growing network of roads and pressure is on with reduced funding, growing customer expectations and increased compliance costs. The Government has signalled its funding will be “flat-lined” in the years ahead.  So an outcome-oriented approach using the best resources of both Council and contractor is expected to achieve best value for money for ratepayers.

What other gains will a CWA bring?

The benefits of this arrangement is a high degree of visibility and a breaking down of barriers inherent in traditional contracts. There is a high focus on outcomes and doing the right work, at the right time, for the right cost. The model includes incentives for innovation and efficiency to be incorporated on a daily basis.

Are there opportunities for smaller contractors?

The agreement will include the opportunity for smaller contractors to be involved in the works as this is seen as important for Hamilton. They would supply their work on the same basis as the CWA main partners and work collaboratively as a single team providing improved agility and flexibility to repsond to urgent matters as they arise. There are a number of smaller contractors already involved and this will continue.

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