SCIRT created a range of fact sheets describing its role and work. These accessible, cost-effective tools were displayed in public places and taken to community meetings.
As part of its initial engagement with the community, it was important to introduce SCIRT so people understood what it would be doing, where and why. This was vital because the work would be widespread and disruptive.
Effective stakeholder communication and engagement was critical to the success of SCIRT's rebuild programme. In a post-disaster environment, the community was already under considerable stress. About 150 SCIRT construction projects at any one time within a relatively small city (population approx. 360,000) could be highly disruptive to residents, businesses and commuters.
SCIRT was recognised nationally and internationally with awards for its achievements in several areas from civil engineering and construction to IT, planning and the environment, including winning the prestigious Brunel Medal in 2013.
The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) gathered an impressive array of awards over its brief five and a half year life.
Supporting businesses affected by SCIRT rebuild works was critical to help businesses continue to operate, and to maintain community confidence.