NZTA demolition

Seen as a public health and safety risk, the Agency has contracted Nikau Contractors to remove four buildings at 154-174 Beach Road

The new wider, longer McClymonts Road Bridge opened to traffic in June 2020

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is set to demolish a set of buildings in central Auckland and is in the process of removing a bridge on the North Shore. Seen as a public health and safety risk, the Agency has contracted Nikau Contractors to remove four buildings at 154-174 Beach Road.

Situated close to a major city intersection and crossed by State Highway 16, the land was originally purchased to improve transport access to the port, which is scheduled for 2028.

Waka Kotahi director of regional relationships, Steve Mutton, says the site was purchased in 2002 for a future transport project and the mainly two-storey buildings have been vacant since May 2018.

"The buildings are not suitable for either commercial or residential tenants because they are an earthquake risk and contain asbestos. Leaving them as they are would put people and neighbouring properties at risk in the event of an earthquake," says Steve.

Four unsafe buildings set to be demolished in central Auckland

"The buildings would need to be demolished at some point but removing them now allows us to work with potential partners to find a temporary use for the land until it’s needed for the project. Negotiations are underway to lease the cleared site for a short- to medium-term public transport facility."

The demolition will be carried out in daylight hours and is expected to take about 10 weeks. Across on the other side of the Waitemata Harbour, the old McClymonts Road Bridge over the Northern Motorway (SH1) is being demolished over the next few months.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency senior manager project delivery, Andrew Thackwray, says that people will notice a lot of activity in the area and they should take extra care.
The main work is taking take place during July with two 19-metre long beams being removed each night by cranes on the side of the motorway.

The 50-tonne beams will be cut in half and then placed on trucks. Crews will then return during the day to dig out the support walls. Andrew says the final stage of demolition will see the pier in the middle of the motorway lanes cut and taken down. "Once the central and support piers are taken down, we will then start to build the new busway and retaining walls alongside the motorway."  

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