Faulty Fletcher Building Concrete Affect Seventy Buildings including Part of Auckland University
Firth concrete which is owned by Fletcher Building, the largest construction company of New Zealand produced some sub-standard concrete which may have affected seventy construction sites which also includes $200 million science expansion site of University of Auckland.
After the discovery of faulty concrete was made, Firth was forced to halt production last week. Some amount of the sub-standard concrete has been also used this year on the $1.4 billion Waterview Connection project. There are other thirty five customers who had received the product and used it in their construction sites.
On Wednesday, Fletcher Building said that it discovered late in April that inferior concrete had been produced in one of its plants in Auckland.
An inquiry found that due to mechanical failure of the measuring device used at the plant the inferior concrete was produced. There after the plant was closed for replacement of the faulty equipment. Now the plant has reopened and is operational.
Peter Fehl, the commercial property services director at the University of Auckland said the new science building of the University which is being built on the corner of Wellesley and Symonds Streets used some of the faulty concrete.
He said that there was replacement needed only on a small basement wall along with a part of the slab on the eleventh floor. According to him, only around hundred cubic meters of flawed concrete needs to be removed from the construction site.
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