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Project:Te Papa Art Gallery, Wellington
The Te Papa Gallery is New Zealand’s largest gallery space. The most prominent challenge that Chetan faced in this project was to undertake the construction works in an occupied building whilst: managing the public interface in the country’s busiest museum; maintaining security for the museum’s collections; and needing to be particularly careful about managing dust, which has the potential to damage the irreplaceable art and historical artefacts on display. There was a great deal that could go wrong.
So that construction work did not affect Te Papa’s visitor experience, the level of construction noise was managed by undertaking loud works between 11pm at night and 10am in the morning, necessitating three shifts. In conjunction with night works, a specially built insulated workshop was constructed within the site for noisy construction tasks.
Chetan was the main Hawkins contact on the site and was fully immersed in the project. He was involved in the pre-letting of sub-trades and all aspects of the build, including: methodology; safety; financial; and client liaison. The strong relationships that Chetan formed with the Te Papa design team was a standout feature, with the client representative enthusing that Chetan was “a great communicator, being innovative in his thinking and his planning.”