Plaza work be­gins

Hastings Leader - - News -

The dig­gers are in, among other ac­tiv­ity un­der way at the Plaza build­ing as the first stage of its re­con­struc­tion be­gins.

The first stages of the project are to re­move the foun­da­tions to make way for the new struc­ture.

The Plaza re­build is tak­ing place along­side the Hawke’s Bay Opera House Theatre and Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ing earth­quake strength­en­ing pro­gramme that started in 2016.

The build­ing con­sent to un­der­take the work at the Plaza was is­sued ear­lier this month, and work has now be­gun to pre­pare the site for its new foun­da­tions.

Ini­tially a dig­ger has been get­ting rid of the ex­ist­ing foun­da­tions, af­ter which con­struc­tion will be­gin on the new struc­ture.

On the cur­rent time­line, if there are no un­fore­seen de­lays, the foun­da­tions for a new floor are set to be poured in Jan­uary next year, columns in­stalled in Fe­bru­ary, and the roof, ex­te­rior cladding paint­ing and glaz­ing to be com­pleted by the end of June. The en­tire build­ing, which will in­clude a new roof, dou­ble glazed front wall and a new level floor, is pro­grammed to be com­pleted by the end of Au­gust next year.

The end re­sult is de­signed to be qual­ity, multi-pur­pose, acous­ti­cally-sound fa­cil­ity that would com­ple­ment the wider precinct. Coun­cil’s Opera House and Arts Precinct com­mit­tee chair­man Mal­colm Dixon says that like the rest of the com­mu­nity he couldn’t wait for the Plaza to be com­pleted.

“This at­trac­tive fa­cil­ity will be ca­pa­ble of seat­ing around 500 right here in the heart of Hast­ings.

“With the com­ple­tion of the Opera House also due by the end of 2019 it will mean that Hast­ings will be right back in the hos­pi­tal­ity and en­ter­tain­ment fore­front. Thank you ev­ery­one for your pa­tience.”

Earth­works be­gin on plaza re­build.

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