IN the Auckland suburb of New Lynn a major redevelopment has taken place at the old Building Depot outlet in Clark Street. Behind “closed doors” it has been transformed into a new flagship Placemaker’s “superstore”. But while the Placemakers brand was hidden from the public eye, it was difficult to hide the construction happening at the rear of the premises.
The 100ft wide x 150ft long purpose built timber yard was constructed using 300m3 of Firth concrete supplied by Golden Bay Cement. As contractors Fletcher Construction were working to tight deadlines to meet the late November opening date, construction on the store re-furbishment was unable to be halted so that the timber yard floor could be laid. So the concrete was poured in sections to allow trucks to come and go around it. Each section is seven inches thick creating a solid, durable platform.
Placemaker’s New Lynn branch operator John Sullivan is very happy with the finished result. “Our last yard was covered in metal with pot holes and the like,” he says. “You can’t compare the two. This new timber yard is great!”