Aquatic centre work halted this week

Last updated 12:33 14/02/2013
Coastlands aquatic
Aquatic freeze: Work stopped on the Coastlands Aquatic Centre project last week after contractor Mainzeal was put into receivership.

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It is unlikely work will resume at the $21.1 million Coastlands aquatic centre site in Paraparaumu this week.

The site was closed last week when the main project contractor, Mainzeal, went into receivership.

Kapiti Coast District Council, which is providing most of the funding for the project, says work is unlikely to resume this week as negotiations between the receivers, the council and lawyers continue.

Council chief executive Pat Dougherty said because of the complexity of the issues and the number of parties involved, progress toward a resolution has been slower than expected.

"We are all keen to get the project on track as soon as we can, but negotiating an arrangement that will enable this to happen, whilst protecting the council's investment and safeguarding ratepayers' interests, is proving time-consuming," Mr Dougherty said.

Any agreement the council entered had to be water tight and workable, he said, "to enable us to get this project across the finish line without the threats of any further delays".

"Unfortunately I am pretty certain it will not be this week," he said.

Contact Kay Blundell
Kapiti reporter

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