The Clutha Community Hub Charitable Trust announced recently its construction contract for the base build of the $11.114 million Clutha Community Hub had been signed with construction partner Calder Stewart.
Trust chairman Dale Anderson said it had been waiting to do this for a very long time.
“A number of factors stood in our way in recent months and this included the current post-Covid construction environment in New Zealand, which has provided significant challenges through the final design stage with an estimated $1.6 million attributed purely to Covid-related impacts.
“This was due to ongoing cost increases forced upon the construction sector relating to freight, material costs and availability,” Mr Anderson said.
He said the trust had worked hard with the design team over the past few months making changes to the design that would serve to reduce capital costs, without compromising the overall facility.
To minimise risk to the project, with further price increases being signalled, the trust entered a contract with Calder Stewart which includes a fixed price for the base build and a provisional sum of $8.4 million for the fit-out.
Part of the delay had been caused by ongoing identification and removal of asbestos from the existing facility, but Mr Anderson said the site removal and preparation works were scheduled to commence this week.
‘‘It is pretty exciting what’s happening here this week and there are still a lot of neat things that are going to happen in the pipeline,’’ he said.
Work on the new community hub project is expected to take 18 months to complete.