Mainzeal’s construction of Kapiti pool stops – but council hope it’ll be completed soon

Press release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Chief Executive Pat Dougherty says he left tonight’s meeting with Mainzeal receivers much more positive than when he went in. Mr Dougherty, with Deputy CE Tamsin Evans and Council’s legal representative, met PricewaterhouseCoopers in Wellington, to discuss the Coastlands Aquatic Centre project in the wake of the collapse of contractor Mainzeal Property and Construction.

Mr Dougherty says the meeting, which involved representatives of Mainzeal, was “very constructive”.

“It was a positive meeting and we felt there was acknowledgement that a solution needs to be found as soon as possible to enable the project to be completed.

“The receivers are considering a number of possible options but need to hold further discussion with the subcontractors. Importantly, they seem as keen as we are to get things moving again and to ultimately finish the project.”

Mr Dougherty says that while he is confident the project will be completed, he won’t be feeling entirely relieved until he sees work on the site begin again.

“I drove past as I do every morning and felt very sad to see things so quiet. I feel for the sub contractors and their families as well as the sponsors and wider community. We have invested so much in this project and we are so nearly there.”

Council expect to have a proposal from the receivers late on Monday.

Earlier Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
The Kāpiti Coast District Council will meet receivers PricewaterhouseCoopers today to discuss the impact of Mainzeal’s receivership on the Coastlands Aquatic Centre. Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited are building the $21.1m complex, which is just seven weeks short of completion.

Chief Executive Pat Dougherty says the receivership announcement was totally unexpected.

“We are so nearly there with this project. It is running to time and on budget and we have even confirmed the Governor General to open it at the end of March. I really feel for our community, which has been waiting so long for this facility.”

Mr Dougherty says the Coastlands Aquatic Centre will replace the 60-year-old Raumati Pool, which no longer serves the needs of the community.

“We can be grateful at least that the project is almost complete so it would make sense to just push on and finish it. We take heart that PwC has said it is committed to working closely with all parties involved with Mainzeal contracts to determine the best way forward.”

In the meantime, work on the Aquatic Centre site, off Kapiti Road, has been suspended for 48 hours.

PwC has set up a website page, which will regularly update developments http://www.pwc.co.nz/mainzeal/

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