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Roof caps $95m build

TAO LIN
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014
MIT Campus
SCOTT MORGAN
WORKING AGAIN: MIT chief executive Peter Brothers in front of the new Manukau campus.

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The collapse of Mainzeal's property and construction division left the new Manukau Institute of Technology campus half-finished.

But less than 12 months later MIT, Auckland Transport and Hawkins Construction have celebrated a major milestone with the roof now on the $95 million building.

MIT chief executive Dr Peter Brothers says the roofing is a symbolic day representing a major achievement in the building's construction.

"It hasn't been the easiest job but we have continued to work past those obstacles and are very pleased with the outcomes achieved as a result of the hard work and perserverance put into this project," he says.

The new campus at Hayman Park is being built above Auckland Transport's Manukau train station, the city's newest rail route and the first to be built in Auckland since 1930.

Auckland Transport public transport projects director Nick Seymour says the new station is expected to be in the top three busiest stations on the network, surpassed only by Britomart and Newmarket stations.

MIT, Auckland Transport and Hawkins are confident the campus will be ready for its business and information technology students by the second semester of this year.

Once finished, it is expected up to 5000 students and 120 staff will use the facility.

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- Manukau Courier

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