It’s been more than a year since demolition work at Barrett St Hospital started and asbestos is still being removed from the site.
The first asbestos was removed in March 2016 and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) group manager crown property John Hook said contractors were still “in the process” of removing it from the site’s buildings.
“Our contractors have been able to set up on site with the proper equipment and fencing, conduct full building inspections, do a ‘soft strip’ and start with asbestos removal.”
The soft strip included “removing furniture and furnishings, such as doorknobs, inside the building that can be taken out by hand”.
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Hook said the demolition project had no fixed completion date, as work was dependent on the weather, extent of asbestos removal and other requirements which would be determined as it progressed.
The contract is being carried out by Yakka Construction and would “cost us just over a million dollars”, Hook said.
Hook said concrete would be crushed and recycled, but there was no plot to recycle any other material from the demolition because “it wouldn’t be cost-efficient”.
The 7.62 hectare site, now valued at $5.3 million, was sold to the Government in 1996 for $1 million and has been administered by the Ministry of Justice since 2006 as part of the Office of Treaty Settlements Landbank. It’s now being looked after by LINZ.
Te Atiawa will have the opportunity to buy the land, an ancient pa site, once it is cleared but are yet to indicate whether they will do so.
The former Nurses’ Home, the Dawson St gates and the brick wall were all marked as Category A within the NPDC District Plot, which will protect the structures from demolition.
The nurses home was designed by the firm Messenger and Griffths in 1918 and officially opened on 14 March, 1922.
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