Kmart safety in­spec­tion on Mon­day

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - JOSHUA WAL­TON joshua.wal­ton@odt.co.nz

BUILD­ING in­spec­tors will visit Queen­stown’s new Kmart store on Mon­day to as­sess re­pair work af­ter a worker cut through sev­eral vi­tal steel bars on the site.

The Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil is­sued na­tion­wide firm Do­min­ion Con­struc­tors Ltd with a ‘‘No­tice to Fix’’ in late Au­gust af­ter prob­lems, which af­fected two build­ings on the Frank­ton Flats site, were dis­cov­ered.

The no­tice re­quired Do­min­ion to re­pair steel re­in­forc­ing bars con­nect­ing the build­ings’ con­crete panel walls and foun­da­tions, af­ter they were cut.

Re­me­dial work is un­der way at the Queen­stown Cen­tral re­tail com­plex de­vel­op­ment but the coun­cil will need to sign off on the work be­fore build­ings on the site can be ap­proved for pub­lic use.

Most of the $100 mil­lion first stage of the de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing the 4000sq m Kmart store, was meant to open on Oc­to­ber 4.

De­lays to con­struc­tion work on site, which both Do­min­ion and Queen­stown Cen­tral Ltd claimed were mainly due to ad­verse weather, led to many of the ten­ants wait­ing for premises hav­ing their fit­out dates pushed back.

The Kmart store is now ex­pected to open on Thurs­day.

Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Camp­bell Weal con­firmed yes­ter­day that the coun­cil’s build­ing in­spec­tions team would at­tend the site on Mon­day morn­ing to carry out checks.

The re­tail cen­tre will house about 45 ten­ants in four build­ings once it is com­plete.

PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

Frank­ton Flats . . . Kmart, pic­tured ear­lier this week, is now ex­pected to open on Thurs­day.

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