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The project, which took three years from inception to completion, went about ‘‘50% over time’’ but still remained under budget, Mr Smart said.
The redevelopment was needed to future-proof the facility so it could provide high-quality training and services.
Mr Smart said it was completely double-glazed and had ‘‘enough Batts in here to sink a ship’’, so it was well insulated.
The building was last redeveloped in the ’90s and the roster had expanded to include about 18 vets and 45 to 50 support staff.
The opening was facilitated by Clutha Vets board chairman Stephen Bamford. Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan and past Clutha Vets chief executive officer Bruce Bissett also spoke.
Those attending were given the opportunity to tour the redeveloped building.