$1.7m cultural centre on schedule

20:00, Jun 17 2012
Ray Partridge, Paul Murphy lift the laminated beams into place

Work on the Rangitane Cultural Centre is well under way thanks to the long spell of mostly dry weather.

The $1.7 million cultural centre in Grovetown, near Blenheim, is for Te Runanga a Rangitane o Wairau and the work is being done by Robinson Construction.

Project manager Mark Watson is posting photos on an online blog so people can track their progress, including knocking down the 110-year-old Grovetown Community Hall and saving its wooden floors to use in the new building.

About 30 cubic metres of concrete was poured for the foundations of the 600 square metre building, most of the standing wall frames are up, and they have just started preparing the roof framing, he said.

"We're going really well, the weather has been good, we've only lost a couple of days due to rain," he said.

The building is to be finished by October 19, for a national hui of about 200 Rangitane members at Labour weekend.

To keep up with progress on the Rangitane Cultural Centre, click here


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