Business as usual in Botany

SARAH ARGYLE
Last updated 08:19 05/02/2013
Desiree Clark
Sarah Argyle

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Botany Town Centre senior marketing manager Desiree Clark says the centre is coping well with the repairs.

Botany Town Centre
LEAKY BUILDING: Botany Town Centre is undergoing construction to repair its weather tightness issues.

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The leaky Botany Town Centre is being repaired two years after problems were first detected.

Extensive tests have uncovered the extent of the damage and the best way to remedy it.

The centre remains fully operational despite the remedial work.

Senior marketing manager Desiree Clark says the scale of construction is difficult for everyone involved.

"It is what it is, it's a big project but we're doing it in stages to minimise the impact on retailers and customers.

"We know there is never a good time to undertake any kind of construction in a public space.

"However, this work will ensure that the centre remains a desirable and fun place to visit for shopping, dining and entertainment for a long time to come."

Mrs Clark says work will include the removal, fixing and replacement of most windows, roof membranes, external cladding and gutters throughout the centre.

The process is expected to be completed in October 2014.

A road subsidence project is also under way to produce a more efficient system for public transport users.

The centre works in conjunction with Auckland Transport to provide a hub for buses in the area.

Assistant marketing manager Tracey Hazelwood says the road subsidence project has proved valuable for the community, providing easy access to the centre.

Buses will be redirected during construction.

They will enter off Chapel Rd at the entrance adjacent to Botany Downs Secondary College (entrance 1) and will exit on to Te Irirangi Dr, near New World.

Customers are able to access car parks via the Te Irirangi Dr entrance near New World and through entrance 3 on Chapel Rd near Dick Smith Electronics.

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