Construction was completed in five stages running concurrently, so interior works, exterior works, roofing, structure and craneage all overlapped. Extreme care was taken to comply with resource consent conditions around heritage building status, then unidentified asbestos issues required expert involvement and removal. Along with losing time on those, an unprecedented wet year also challenged the tight programme.
With some vigorous planning, auditing and communication between parties, the building was handed over on time. The result is a new vibrant community space which seamlessly encompasses both the council and community needs. It is a modern space which welcomes visitors, whilst offering a respectful memorial to those who grace the walls.