Good progress on Aotea Square work
Auckland can expect to see its brand new city square open for business in October next year.
Work on the $80 million project kicked into another gear last week as the big, blue hoardings expanded across the majority of the square and the steps of the Aotea Centre.
The next phase of work will include the demolition of the Aotea Centre steps, enabling work to begin on strengthening the carpark roof below them.
Work will also begin on the redevelopment of the centre’s entrance, making it more open with a new cafe and box office.
Reinforcement, concreting and waterproofing of the new roof is already well under way.
The redevelopment is scheduled to be finished in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Auckland city councillor Greg Moyle says the speedy progress is encouraging and the project is on time and on budget so far.
“It’s a big expensive project,” he says.
“It’s one of the ones we want to do it once and do it right.”