Council may seek compensation
With the $1.3 million CBD project nearly five months behind schedule and still not finished, Porirua City Council is likely to seek compensation from contractor Hawkins.
Council chief executive Wendy Walker said last week she was seeking an urgent meeting with Hawkins to discuss the delay.
The work for the new space, which will have a kiosk and public toilet, new paving and green areas, was meant to finish last October.
An extension was granted until mid-December, but the project is still unfinished.
‘‘We are very unhappy because it’s a significant overrun and I’ve asked to meet with them as soon as possible,’’ Walker said.
‘‘We’ve gone past both deadlines for something we really wanted to have completed by Christmas.’’
She said there was a delay in delivering pavers, and a minor issue with the kiosk being built. However, she wants to know why the work is so far behind schedule considering how good the weather has been.
Walker said work on the area, dubbed ‘‘the village green’’, was very close to being finished, but the delays had led to an erosion in public confidence about the project.
She would not speculate how much compensation would be sought.
Kapi-Mana News understands mayor Nick Leggett and city councillors feel the overrun is a bad look for the first major piece of city centre revitalisation work.
One of them said the lateness of the project was ‘‘appalling’’ and that although delays in building projects were expected, Hawkins’ efforts were unacceptable.
Sean Dowling, Wellington regional manager of Hawkins Infrastructure, would not comment on the delay and said all media liaison had to go through the council.
Comments on the Porirua Facebook page about the upgrade have been generally negative.
Nordz Hosking said, ‘‘For $1.3m it doesn’t look like it caters for much’’, and Denise Lardelli said, ‘‘So this is why we pay rates – to get an unnecessary bit of green grass and less car parking’’.
However, Robyn Harding said people should give it a go and it was bound to be ‘‘an improvement on the grubby, chewing gumlittered centre we had previously’’.
The demolition of the i-Site, in March or April, is the next CBD project.
Work is finally nearing completing on Porirua’s controversial city centre upgrade.