Con­trac­tors pick up com­plex task of trans­form­ing Shed 10

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

New con­trac­tors work­ing on the iconic Shed 10 ware­house on Auck­land’s waterfront have started un­rav­el­ling the task ahead of them.

Com­mer­cial con­struc­tion firm Macren­nie has taken over the com­plex job of re­turn­ing Shed 10 to its former glory fol­low­ing the col­lapse of orig­i­nal con­trac­tor Mainzeal.

Macren­nie had pitched for the job last Au­gust and had been the next pre­ferred con­trac­tor.

The 1910 vin­tage for- mer cus­toms ware­house is be­ing re­stored at a cost of $14 mil­lion.

It will be trans­formed from a ne­glected and empty build­ing into the city’s cruise ship ter­mi­nal.

It will also be used as an events space in the cruis­ing off-sea­son.

The build­ing’s orig­i­nal features in­clude huge matai floor­boards, vast steel frames, and hoists used to lift goods up to the first floor which are all be­ing re­stored or pre­served.

Macren­nie chief ex­ecu- tive Steve Fowler says pick­ing up where oth­ers have left off is al­ways tricky and the na­ture of the work at Shed 10 has added ex­tra lay­ers of com­plex­ity.

‘‘It’s some­thing dif­fer­ent in that re­gard so it’s a bit of a chal­lenge.

‘‘We’ve done a few her­itage jobs but ev­ery her­itage project is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. It’s a bit of a mine­field.’’

The ini­tial fo­cus is on get­ting the sub­con­trac­tors who were sud­denly out of work on Fe­bru­ary 5 back on board.

‘‘Th­ese kinds of things are quite painful when peo­ple have been hurt fi­nan­cially, so we’re try­ing to keep the same guys.

‘‘There’s also a cou­ple of Mainzeal guys who have stayed on and they have an in­her­ent knowl­edge of the project.’’

Waterfront Auck­land spokesman Luke Hen­shall says the Mainzeal col­lapse has pushed the date of com­ple­tion out by six to eight weeks to June.

‘‘The key ob­jec­tive re­mains to com­plete the project with the min­i­mum ef­fect to cost and pro­gramme,’’ he says.

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