Happy New Year 2016!

The Aspec Construction team have been hard at work throughout the Christmas period to complete the building works for the Bishop Selwyn Chapel. The ceiling in now fully painted (the gold paint colour providing a sense of what the final gold leaf application will look like); the floor tiles are all in place; and the surrounding earthworks have commenced.

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The ceiling fully painted and all the tiles in place on the stairs

The photos below show the construction of the new disabled access path to the Chapel. This path is an extension of the curved path around St Mary’s, and will enable disabled access from both the St Mary’s carpark and the Parnell Road carpark.

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Boxing out the curved path ready for the concrete pour

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Waterblasting the concreted path to expose the aggregate

Aspec expect to be finished on site by March 2016. Exterior scaffolding with shrink wrap will then be installed to fully enclose the Bishop Selwyn Chapel from dust and insects while the ceiling is gilded. The gilding process will take approximately 18 weeks to complete.

We look forward to the opening of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel in the middle of 2016.

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Lifting the panels

Yesterday afternoon two large cranes were trucked into site and set up ready for the arrival of the pre-cast concrete wall panels this morning. The smaller crane is needed to raise the panel on the truck into the right position for the larger crane to lift it into the air and position it in place.

Two cranes arrive at Holy Trinity Cathedral
Two cranes arrive at Holy Trinity Cathedral
The first panel arrives
The first panel arrives
Both cranes in action
Both cranes in action
The panel is lifted
The panel is lifted
and lowered into place
and lowered into place

Before, After and From

Below are panoramic photos of the Chapel before the roof was lifted, with the roof on the columns and the view from the Chapel looking out through the trees across Auckland.

The roof carpentry work has now commenced and this week the concrete precast wall panels will be trucked into site and lifted into place. A crane even larger than the one to lift the roof will be setting up on site on Wednesday evening. Please be mindful of cordoned off parking areas on Wednesday and Thursday so that we maintain enough maneuvering room for the large trucks.

Before the roof lift
Morning of the roof lift

The roof is on
The roof is on
View through the trees as will be seen from the Bishop Selwyn Chapel
View through the trees as will be seen from the Bishop Selwyn Chapel

Building the Wing Walls

The ambulatory extension walls, or ‘wing walls’, will continue the ambulatories from the Chancel into the new Bishop Selwyn Chapel. The taller of these concrete walls will be over 8 m high to match the current parapet level of the existing ambulatories. The lower third of each wall has been cast in situ. The upper two thirds have been manufactured off-site in a factory as pre-cast slabs.  The photo below shows one of the slabs undergoing a finishing sand-blast treatment.

2015-03-11 (3) Pre-cast slab for wing walls