Daily Archives: June 29, 2009

Piles: Eight in, more than 500 to go

### Radio New Zealand News Updated at 7:40am on 28 June 2009
Construction work underway at Dunedin stadium site

Early construction works have begun at the site of Dunedin’s new stadium, a month after demolition works started.

Demolition will continue at the Awatea Street site for the next few months for the controversial $198 million enclosed stadium.

Many opponents claimed the ground at the new site would be boggy and unsuitable for construction on such a scale, but Carisbrook Stadium Trust development director Darren Burden says eight piles have been successfully drilled in.

Mr Burden says that gives the trust some confidence, though there are still more than 500 piles to go in.

It is hoped the stadium will be built in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.


Not reported are the piles that sank without trace…

See the post from Alex on Friday:

“I heard yesterday that there was surprise amongst engineers when they dropped some piles down on the site, they disappeared completely into the ground (sediment?).
And, that the cost has gone up, $35 million has ‘appeared’ on the cost, beyond what was calculated for interest and inflation.
Sorry I can’t back this up with facts guys …”


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