Automotive park bought for $1 may value council hundreds of thousands after failed construct

The Harington Street transport hub under construction in Tauranga.

2021-05-23 12:51:14

Tauranga Metropolis Council continues to be making an attempt to recuperate hundreds of thousands of {dollars} spent on a failed automobile park after promoting its prime central metropolis web site for $1.

The Harington Street transport hub under construction in Tauranga.

The Harington Road transport hub.
Photograph: Equipped

The council removed the Harington Road web site earlier this yr to keep away from having to shell out one other $7m demolishing the multi-storey automobile park.

It was meant to be a key undertaking to assist rejuvenate the town centre, however the $29m automobile park was solely partially constructed when a number of critical seismic defects had been found.

“Authorized motion to recuperate wasted prices referring to the Harington Road automobile park is ongoing,” the council mentioned.

“The motion is towards the constructing designer and the design peer reviewer.”

The designers had been structural engineers.

The intent was to recuperate “as a lot as attainable” of the $20.5m ploughed into the undertaking, the council mentioned.

It had earlier costed a demolition choice, or an choice to rebuild it which might have pushed prices north of $60m.

The location was purchased for $1 to a subsidiary of the lead undertaking contractor.

The council lodged complaints with Engineering New Zealand (ENZ) towards the designers.

RNZ has requested ENZ what it has carried out concerning the complaints.

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