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History in the making – Shed 10 redevelopment

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History in the making – Shed 10 redevelopment


Most Aucklanders are probably familiar with the exterior of Shed 10, the historic cargo shed on Queen's Wharf. But few would be aware of the original features that have led to the building being listed a Category 1 Historic Place.

Preserving the existing sarking, flooring and steel trusses was a critical element of a major renovation of Shed 10, designed by Jasmax and constructed by Macrennie Commercial Construction. But it wasn't the only construction challenge, says Macrennie manager Steve Fowler.

"We were awarded the contract following the Mainzeal collapse and very quickly had to come to terms with the demands of the project and the brief from Waterfront Auckland and Jasmax. This was not like walking into a normal office building or warehouse project where everything is sharp and streamlined. Here, we had to work with existing irregularities and tolerances that were off the scale – nothing was straight or true."

Fowler says the complexity was compounded by the fact that the shed was being used for immigration services, so whenever a cruise ship arrived in port, all work stopped and the site was cleared.

"With the assistance of Waterfront Auckland and Beca, we were able to retain subcontractors hired by Mainzeal, and deliver the project on time and to budget."


For more details, contact Macrennie Commercial Construction, phone (09) 525 3330. Or email: .

First published date: 06 October 2013

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