Mainzeal collapse halts MIT overhaul

03:40, Feb 12 2013
HALTED: Construction is at a standstill at the new MIT campus in Manukau after the collapse of Mainzeal.

Work on the Manukau Institute of Technology's new $100 million campus has come to a standstill but classes planned for the building will go ahead.

The financial collapse of the project's primary contractor Mainzeal means construction will not be finished in time for classes to start in the second semester as planned.

But MIT chief executive Peter Brothers said business school classes scheduled for the building will not be cut.

Instead they will be taught at its Otara campus.

''Fortunately, the way we are setting up this year means students won't be affected. But it is too early to tell when the project will be finished or if any extra costs will be incurred."

Brothers said getting students into the building by semester one next year ''is the best date we can hope for".

Other companies want to take over the project.

''These are the phone calls I have been getting - the capacity is there. They are quality people able to do it.''

The Mainzeal collapse last week came as a complete shock to Brothers. He said he found it strange looking at the abandoned site that had been so busy for more than a year.

''It's quite disconcerting to see it without 300 people climbing all over it.''

On Friday the site was almost deserted except for a handful of Mainzeal employees and a security guard to help sort out what equipment belonged to sub-contractors and which equipment was Mainzeals.

''At the moment it's locked in there and the subbies can't work,'' one employee said.

It was hoped the sub-contractors would have their equipment back this week.

Auckland mayor Len Brown said it was hugely disappointing the campus opening would be delayed.

''It's affected some of the major projects around town. The MIT campus is looking stunning.

''It was going to be and is a major investment and is tremendously progressive for that community. I hope it's able to transition over to a new contractor with some pace.''


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