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City Scene - March 2006
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Airport parking work to begin

Construction will start this month on Christchurch International Airport's new 600-space, four-level car parking building. The $13 million building will go up on part of the existing public car park.

Demand for parking spaces is expected to keep growing along with increases in passenger numbers, meaning more car parking is needed.

"This new facility will provide an additional 40 per cent capacity," says Rene Bakx, the company's chief executive. "It will benefit airport users by providing convenient covered parking close to the airport terminal, and with large lifts for passengers and baggage."

The work will take about eight months. To meet demand, extra car parking space is being made available while the work is being done and every effort will be made to minimise disruption to airport users.

Christchurch International Airport Ltd (CIAL) is one of six trading companies in which the City Council has a controlling stake, through its investment arm Christchurch City Holdings. In September the airport company announced it planned to invest about $200m over the next three years on upgrades to ensure the facility continues to provide a good service for travellers, airlines and other customers. The new car park (illustrated above) is the first part of this programme.

The construction contract has been awarded to Naylor Love Construction. Calcon has the contract for associated roading and alterations to existing car parking facilities.

"We're pleased to again be working with local Canterbury construction companies, along with Christchurch-based Warren & Mahoney Architects and Hassell Architects from Sydney, on this state of the art, user-friendly facility," says Mr Bakx.

Alan Reay Consultants and Beca are structural engineers for the project, with services engineering by Pedersen Read, Beca and Cosgrove Major. Project Management is by Carson Group in association with ProDirections, and Rawlinsons are the quantity surveyors.

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