Today, the historic Home of Compassion Creche will begin the first phase of its journey to its final resting place as part of the National War Memorial Park development.
The crèche will begin a short journey from the front of its site to the rear this afternoon.
Memorial Park Alliance Manager Duncan Kenderdine says the crèche will be pulled carefully and very slowly by hydraulic rams and will slide smoothly on Teflon plates on a stainless steel runner laid over a concrete base. It will take about a day and a half to complete the move to the rear of the site.
In preparation for the move, the crèche has been strengthened internally and externally and has been stripped down to basics, including the removal of its back veranda.
“This is a truly historic building which will have a new lease on life as part of the new National War Memorial Park.”
“We take great pride in returning this building to a state where the public can truly appreciate its proud heritage, and a huge amount of work has gone into restoring it, strengthening it, and preparing it for its relocation.”
The move, which will be carried out over the next couple of days, is the first in a three-stage relocation that will bring the Home of Compassion Crèche further into the National War Memorial Park where it will be restored and will become a feature of the park.
The second and third moves will take place in June and July. The crèche will be lifted 3.2 metres, followed by a move 15 metres west to its permanent site.
Mr Kenderdine says the restoration of the crèche will include landscaping evoking its original garden earlier last century. The future use of the building has yet to be decided.
Experienced structural engineering consultants Dunning Thornton have designed the move. Managing director Adam Thornton is well known for moving the Museum Hotel in 1993 from one side of the road to the other to make room for Te Papa National Museum on the Wellington waterfront.
Transport Agency highways manager Rod James says work on the underpass remains on schedule, and that the Transport Agency recognises not only the efforts of a remarkably committed construction team, but also the patience and understanding of the local community, particularly those affected by construction.
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