Even more time needed for Nautilus repairs

Inside and out, the Nautilus roof tent.

Repairs to the structure of Orewa’s Nautilus apartments, due to finish at the end of this month, could take until the end of May.

The project has already taken a year longer than originally predicted when work began on repairing the leaky building at the end of 2016.

Recladding and waterproofing work should be complete in March with delays due, in part, to noise restrictions. Full replacement of the roof is a separate contract that was due to be completed in February, but is now expected to take until May. The big plastic canopy, required for re-roofing, will be shifted towards the rear of the building in late February. This in turn allows internal works on the Level 12 apartments and corridor to be progressively completed.

Auckland Council paid $25 million of the cost by order of the High Court, but the final bill will be far higher for apartment owners.

Scaffolding was removed last week. Prendos NZ is project managing the work on the 12-storey structure. It’s director Philip O’Sullivan says, with the removal of the scaffolding to the tower, the remaining demolition of the Level 4 apartment patios can recommence. He says progress is slow due to agreed noise restrictions.

Once the waterproofing and reconstruction is complete in March, the site crew from Legacy Construction will vacate the Orewa Library carpark. The roofing contractors do not need use of the carpark as they have separate access.

Mr O’Sullivan says Prendos thanks the Council, library staff and the community for their patience and cooperation.

“I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Sean Cavan, who is currently battling cancer.

Sean was involved with this project from the beginning and led the remediation team for Prendos up until March this year,” he says.

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