Good progress on Aotea Square work

Central Leader - - News -

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.”

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