Delay in tertiary precinct upgrade could ease construction pressures

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A proposed delay in upgrading Dunedin’s tertiary precinct could help the city avoid stretching construction resources too thinly, the city council has suggested.

Simon Drew
Simon Drew. Photo: ODT files
"Overlapping the tertiary precinct work with other big projects, including the central city upgrade and construction of the new Dunedin Hospital, would stretch the construction sector and create additional delivery challenges," Dunedin City Council infrastructure services general manager Simon Drew said.

The University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic and Otago University Students’ Association have condemned the proposed deferral of tertiary precinct work.

The project was designed to make it easier and more attractive for staff and students to travel in the area by bus, bike and on foot, but the council has proposed delaying construction until after 2030.

Dunedin City Council’s draft 10-year plan for 2021-31 includes $1million for preliminary planning work on the precinct in 2030.

Mr Drew said it made sense to start construction work after the central city upgrade.

City councillors are due to listen to counterarguments at a hearing on the draft 2021-31 plan next week.

grant.miller@odt.co.nz

Comments

"A proposed delay in upgrading Dunedin’s tertiary precinct could help the city avoid stretching construction resources too thinly, the city council has suggested."

By that logic, why do anything all, when you can save resources by taking no action? Unless of course, the job badly needs doing.

If I recall, it's an add-on to maintenance work for services - at least that's how it was original pushed. I'm surprised at how tone-deaf the response has been from tertiary institutions in this city - and quite frankly, I'm sick of the "we contribute x dollars to the city" as an argument to justify anything. At best, that is a guess , at worse it's pure marketing cynicism. especially from institutions that get a rebate on their rates!

 

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