'Complexity and difficulty' of justice precinct not understood - Fletcher

The under-construction Christchurch justice and emergency services precinct.

The under-construction Christchurch justice and emergency services precinct.

Fletcher Building has apologised for missing multiple deadlines in a series of letters to the Ministry of Justice.

In January, former Fletcher Building chief executive Mark Adamson wrote to say the company expected "further programme slippage" beyond the March 31 completion date.

The company had already missed proposed completion dates of late 2016 and January 18, 2017.

"The complexity and difficulty of this building have not been fully understood and continues to challenge us from a cost and timing perspective," Adamson wrote.

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"On behalf of the Company, please accept my apologies for these delays."

A Fletcher spokeswoman said questions should be directed to its client, the Ministry.

When asked what was unexpected about the project, a Ministry spokesman said it was unable to comment on Adamson's remarks.

An April letter to the Ministry from Warren Warfield, a director of project management firm RCP, said there were no major issues at that point, but "minor paint scratches and dints on door jambs seem to be a common theme".

He wrote that glazing, cladding and other weather proofing was being expedited to prevent water entering the building.

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The Ministry spokesman said no major problems with the project had been flagged since April. The Ministry was not aware of any issues with water entering the building.

New proposed completion dates in the letters, released under the Official Information Act, were redacted "to enable negotiations to be carried on without prejudice or disadvantage".

The Ministry spokesman said the project had reached a "particularly critical and sensitive stage", but the redactions could be reviewed after the precinct was finished.

Contractors started fitting out the justice building in early July. The Ministry says the precinct will be up and running by the end of the year.

At a precinct blessing on July 27, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams would not confirm when the first court dates would be held in the new building, but said Fletcher would cover the delay costs.

 - Stuff


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