Work on courthouse nearly finished

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 25/08/2014

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The $1.2m two-stage upgrade of New Plymouth Courthouse is on track to finish by the end of this month.

The rundown and leaking building was well overdue for a refurbishment. It dates back to 1965.

Weather permitting, work on waterproofing the entrance atrium will be completed this weekend and scaffolding would be removed next week, Ministry of Justice commercial and property general manager Fraser Gibbs said.

When the scaffolding is taken away, final drainage and painting work can be completed.

The courthouse upgrade has involved two stages and the ministry is on budget for this $400,000 second stage of upgrading and waterproofing the atrium and its roof.

The $800,000 first stage, finished last year, involved replacing the main roof, exterior windows and painting the exterior.

There was a hiccup last year when the contractor Mainzeal Property and Construction went into receivership and the work was retendered.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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