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Project:University of Auckland B507 Park West, Auckland
The University of Auckland’s (UoA) Building 507 houses the School of Medicine and School of Population Health. In December 2016, UoA gave Precon a verbal brief for a new building of 20,000m2. With six levels, four above ground and two basement levels, it needed to be completed inside 36 months. A team of 450 worked together over 30 months to deliver the world-class building. Four existing buildings on the site needed demolishing, all of which contained asbestos.
The biggest challenge was time. On 1 November 2019, the University took possession of Separable Portion 1, approximately 65% of the building, and moved into the new premises. The remainder of the building was handed over on 31 January 2020, ready for the start of the 2020 academic year.
The overall success of the project is a testament to the positive working relationship developed between those involved during the ECI stage and the main build phases. The majority of the subcontractors were engaged early on, enabling everyone to work collaboratively from the outset. The collaboration worked well, as the judges observed, it was a project that appeared as if “no one had a chip on their shoulder.”