MIT selects Hawkins to complete new Manukau campus

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Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced that it has chosen Hawkins Construction to complete its new Manukau campus project, which has been on hold since the Mainzeal collapse in February.

MIT chief executive Peter Brothers says he is pleased that construction on the new Manukau campus will recommence in early May.
“Our aim is to have students in our Faculty of Business and Information Technology learning from there in early 2014,” he says.
“Where possible, existing subcontractors who were working on the site will be retained,” Dr Brothers says.

Hawkins will initially work to weatherproof the complex over the next eight weeks and, following that, full construction will recommence.
The new campus project is a partnership between MIT and Auckland Transport to provide a modern and future-proofed tertiary educational facility and integrated transport hub in the heart of South Auckland.

The $95 million complex is situated at Hayman Park ,and is being constructed above Auckland Transport’s already operational Manukau Station. It was the largest project on Mainzeal’s books, and was two thirds complete, when the construction company went into receivership in February.
On completion, up to 5000 students and 120 staff will use the facility, mainly from MIT’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology. It will also feature retail outlets, commercial tenancies, a 250-seat performance theatre and an Auckland Transport ticketing office.

Auckland Transport chief executive David Warburton says he is pleased that work on one of South Auckland’s largest integrated transport hubs and educational facilities has been recovered so quickly by MIT.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The first stage of the project was opened for train services in April last year. The second stage of the development offers on-site access to public transport for more than 5000 students and staff, taking a significant number of cars off Auckland’s roads,” Mr Warburton says.
“The Manukau line is also ready for electrification. Double tracking of the line was approved by the Auckland Transport Board in February this year and is well underway.”