Mike McEnroe worked on the development of Auckland’s downtown Britomart Train Station back in 2000-2002.
Now he’s back there working on the City Rail Link (CRL)’s next chapter in Britomart’s history - where the lower-ground dead-end tunnels are being turned into a two-way through station, so more trains can get in and out of the city.
Mike, who has worked on all kinds of major infrastructure and construction projects for decades, is working as a site superintendent as part of the Downer NZ and Soletanche Bachy JV delivering the C1 (Britomart Contract) contract and he’s looking forward to seeing the tunnels complete.
MIKE McENROE: I’ll will look at the CRL tunnels and say “I built that.”
“I’m thrilled because of the history I have with Britomart (which was originally Auckland’s Chief Post Office built in 1912). Seeing this through to the end is in essence leaving a legacy.”
“It’s a proud moment to be able to look at something monumental and be able to say, ‘I built that.’”
He’s a big fan of CRL, New Zealand’s biggest transport infrastructure project, saying Auckland really needs it. The 3.45km twin-tunnel underground rail link being built up to 42 metres below the city centre will allow Auckland’s rail network to at least double rail capacity.
Mike’s Superintendent- Supervisor role on the Chief Post Office building (CRL’s contract 1) involves managing the day-to-day activities of all the site crew and sub-contractors working on the project and is also responsible for filling new roles when required as the project progresses.
He is not only a liaison between the project engineers and workers on the ground but also plays an important role in managing client relations.
Mike has to ensure all crews onsite produce high quality work, adhere to our Health and Safety protocols from correct safety gear being worn at all times to maintaining a safe and tidy site and he also provides constructive feedback to the engineering team about constructibility of works and planning.
Because Mike worked on the original project, he knows the station and CPO building inside and out.
“One change from those times is the nature of the work force. We have a lot more international expertise working on this project which is great because this project is a real first for NZ.”
What is Mike’s message for anyone considering a career in construction? “Just do it. You’ll leave legacies. Like any trade, learn it and enjoy it as the skills are invaluable.”
When he’s not at work, you might find Mike in his garden. He has a large section he likes to keep maintained but mostly enjoys spending time looking after the vegetable garden. Collecting old trucks was a past passion and out of all the trucks he has owned, his favourite was an old F250.