Work on two trust taverns faces delays

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 18/12/2013

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Delays have struck one Invercargill Licensing Trust building project, while another is facing a potential delay.

Trust board members were told at a meeting last week that the upgrade of the Newfield Tavern was behind schedule.

Trust general manager Greg Mulvey said plans and specifications for the project had been completed but the trust had instructed its quantity surveyor to review and analyse the drawings and specifications in order to produce a more accurate estimate of the project.

The initial estimate was $400,000 plus GST for the work but the trust was told it would cost about $480,000.

It had made some adjustments to the plans and approved an order-of-cost budget of up to $420,000 plus GST.

Tenders were expected to close tomorrow and a contract awarded before Christmas.

Work was expected to start mid to late January and be completed by May, he said.

There could also be a delay with the development of the new Waikiwi Tavern, Mr Mulvey said.

Plans for the tavern had been sent to the architect to create a concept plan. However, the development work would depend on when the Commercial Vehicle Centre moved to its new premises in Richardson Dr.

The tavern would be built on the site now occupied by the vehicle centre.

The trust would have to wait to get access to the site and it could be July before work could physically begin, Mr Mulvey said.

"However, by the time we apply for our consents and go out to tender, there may be no extensive time delay."

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