Rumours that construction has halted on the transport hub in the city centre are being quashed by Tauranga City Council.
Reliable sources have told SunLive that construction at the hub had ceased.
The Tauranga City Council says that is not the case, but it does admit work had been directed to areas not impacted by what it calls design changes to seismic joints.
SunLive was also told the work on the multi-million dollar construction site had stopped because a concrete pour had twisted the walls of the building, and it was going to cost $5 million to fix.
Council says this is not correct and they are not sure what the cost will be to fix it.
The council’s general manager of infrastructure Nic Johansson says during a concrete pour, one beam was observed to suffer from twisting.
The council says it doesn’t know how much it will cost to fix and will get back on that one.
“The situation has been reviewed by structural engineers, who confirm the structural integrity of the beam has not been compromised.”
Nic says further concrete pours of concrete have taken place this week on the ground level and fill is being placed around the site boundaries.
In May 2019, structural designers, Harrison Grierson, informed Council of a recommended design change relating to the seismic joints used in the construction of the Harrington Street Transport Hub.
Nic says the design change to include additional seismic joints will allow different parts of the building to move independently of each other, reducing the load on the structure.
“Once we know further information on the implications of the design changes, we will provide you with an update.
Nic says the Harington Street Transport Hub has reached its full height on the Harington Street side and is about 50 per cent complete.
The completion date for the project is autumn 2020.