Work resumes at Mainzeal sites

02:05, Feb 18 2013

A small number of contractors have resumed work on the $60 million Hub project at Victoria University today, following the collapse of Mainzeal Property and Construction a fortnight ago.

The three-storey Hub was nearing completion when Mainzeal went into receivership. 

About 100 contractors were barred from the site to collect their tools for a couple of days until receivers PricewaterhouseCoopers got an inventory of tools and who owned them.

Victoria University campus services director Jenny Bentley said a small number of contractors were back working at the site today.

"We are continuing our discussions with all parties with the objective of getting construction back under way on the Hub. Some good progress has been made and a small number of contractors are back on site," Ms Bentley said.

The Hub building, beside the univeristy's main library, includes retailing space and student study areas. Mainzeal was the the lead contractor on the project, which also involved refurbishing the student union building and the library.

Some work also resumed on the $21.1 million Coastlands aquatic centre site last week when PCL returned to complete the car park and roading part of the project after Kapiti Coast District Council took that part over. 

Four to five subcontractors have are to return to the aquatic centre site today and tomorrow, working inside the building as negotiations continue with receivers PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The aquatic centre was also nearing completion when Mainzeal, the main contractor, went into receivership.

Contact Kay Blundell
Kapiti reporter


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