Contractors pick up complex task of transforming Shed 10
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.