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A project the size of the Britomart Transport Centre needs to be carefully planned and managed by an experienced team of consultants

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Due to the complex nature of the project, cost planning for the Britomart Transport Centre was not a straightforward exercise. Quantity surveyor WT Partnership drew on its international experience to provide cost estimates for building the world's first underground diesel train station, on reclaimed land.

Director Bill Barrass says the cost planning included assessing alternative design and construction methods.

"Estimates covered all components including structural, services, architectural finishes, rail track and signalling works," he says. "Once the budget was set, WT Partnership then cost-controlled the design through to tender stage. The company also cost-managed the construction and all variations, allowing for a high degree of certainty of end cost."

Barrass says WT Partnership is an international quantity surveying practice, which safeguards the financial interests of clients by providing a full range of construction cost management services. The company has more than 40 offices worldwide.

For more details, contact WT Partnership (NZ), PO Box 7340, Auckland, phone (09) 300 7800, fax (09) 300 6009. Website:www.wtpartnership.com .

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First published date: 03 September 2003

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