Receivers work on solution for upgrade of courthouse

"We're still trying to find a solution..."

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2013
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JONATHAN CAMERON
The Mainzeal sign still attached to the temporary fence outside the New Plymouth District Court.

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Mainzeal has pulled out of the $750,000 New Plymouth Courthouse roof and window replacement, the Ministry of Justice claims.

Mainzeal Property and Construction went into receivership earlier this month.

A spokesman for the receivers, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, said yesterday that a final decision was yet to be made about New Plymouth.

"We're still trying to find a solution for the project," Colin McCloy, of Auckland, said.

It was likely to be resolved one way or the other in two weeks, Mr McCloy said.

No work has been carried out at the New Plymouth site since announcement of the receivership.

The ministry says it was yet to decide what would happen.

"Mainzeal Property and Construction in receivership has given notice of termination of the New Plymouth roof project. We are looking at options to recommence work," a Ministry of Justice spokesperson said yesterday.

Mainzeal won the Ministry of Justice tender as the main contractor for the upgrade of the city's rundown and leaking courthouse. Work began last month.

High Court fixtures were rearranged to ensure there was no disruption. Other hearings are continuing as normal.

The original building was completed in 1965 and a small addition was built in 1997.

The work was to be completed by the end of April.

Ironically, a Mainzeal sign which still remains outside the courthouse apologises for the work disruption saying: "We are making changes. We'll be out of your way soon!"

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