School and hospital benefit from gas project

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wellington's Children's Hospital is $1500 better off and Newtown Primary School has a spanking new bike and scooter compound.

And it’s all thanks to their part in the completion of Powerco’s Mein St gas project in the centre of the capital.

The hospital and school were adjacent to the work which involved replacing Powerco’s 40-year-old control station on the corner of Mein and Riddiford Sts with modern, underground equipment.

The disruption to traffic, parking and pedestrians was kept to a minimum thanks to the three-way co-operative approach.

“Outside of the CBD, this is one of Wellington’s busiest locations,” Stuart Dickson, Powerco’s General Manager Gas, said.

“It had the potential to be difficult but there was just one complaint throughout the three-month project. The fact it was completed with minimal fuss is a credit to the support of the hospital and school.”

The hospital allowed Powerco’s contractor, Warner Construction, free use of an area of land to  operate from.  It was able to store equipment and park vehicles there which prevented having to constantly move heavy machinery on and off site.

In appreciation Powerco donated $1500 to the Wellington Children’s Hospital which Foundation chairman Bill Day said would be an added bonus for their replacement fund.

“Safe construction and minimising the impact on the surrounding community and environment were key criteria. That’s in keeping with the Environmental Initiative of the Year award Powerco recently received.” Mr Dickson said.

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