Solid start to cen­tre

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

Work is to start on the next stage of the $26 mil­lion Hun­dert­wasser Art Cen­tre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery in Whanga¯ rei af­ter the last of 75 piles were laid to sup­port the build­ing.

The com­ple­tion marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the build, says Whanga¯ rei Art Museum Trust chair­man Grant Faber.

The trust is be­hind the $26 mil­lion pro­ject, which is due to be com­pleted late 2020. The Gov­ern­ment has given al­most $10m to­wards the pro­ject. An eco­nomic im­pact re­port, from North­land’s re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agency North­land Inc ear­lier this year, es­ti­mated con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity of the cen­tre will gen­er­ate $49m for the re­gion.

“The piles are the feet that will an­chor the build­ing to the ground but the con­nec­tion is sym­bolic too. Hun­dert­wasser’s vi­sion for the site is now phys­i­cally con­nected to where the cen­tre will soon stand,” Faber said.

He said 75 hol­low steel tubes were sunk into the ground at depths of be­tween 35 to 28 me­tres to cre­ate the piles. These were then ex­ca­vated be­fore the holes were filled with steel and con­crete to form the piles.

The next stage in con­struc­tion is to form and pour the con­crete bond beams which link all the piles to­gether.

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