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Auckland's refurbished and repurposed former Central Post Office anchors the new Britomart station in the existing fabric of the central city

It's in the post . . .

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A grand old building forms the public face of the modern Britomart Transport Centre. The former Auckland Chief Post Office, completed in 1912, forms an important link between Queen Elizabeth Square and the new station.

Downer Construction worked on the refurbishment of the building, from the strengthening of its structure to the restoration of its façade. The Coromandel granite and Oamaru stone on the west façade and rendered plaster work on the other sides were carefully restored, and new roof installed above the central light well.

Downer strengthened the structural shell of thebuilding with an internal, reinforced concrete skin up to 400mm thick. Additional steel bracing was also added to the existing timber floors.

The former ground floor of the building was lowered around 1.5m to increase the stud height. An underground concourse below it now runs from the station to the western side of the square.

Senior project manager Dale Burtenshaw says one of the biggest challenges was cutting a 20m x 12m hole in the rear façade to link it to the glasshouse, while supporting the building structure above.

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For more details, contact Downer Construction, phone (09) 270 6801, fax (09) 270 7680.

First published date: 12 October 2003

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