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WORK ON COUNTDOWN PONSONBY BEGINS

2 September 2014: Woolworths New Zealand is pleased to appoint Ebert Construction as the main contractor to build the Countdown supermarket in Ponsonby on the former DYC Vinegar site on Crummer Road, Pollen Street and Williamson Avenue in Auckland.

Ebert has been on site since early August undertaking preparatory works for the Cider Building, which will house the Countdown supermarket on the Williamson Avenue/Pollen Street side.

Adrian Walker, Woolworths New Zealand General Manager for Property, says while work has been ongoing on the site since December, the appointment of Ebert to begin work on the Cider Building is a significant milestone in the $95m project.

“The Cider Building is central to the development and will be home to 14,000m2 of supermarket, specialty retail and office space on the Williamson Avenue side of the site,” says Walker.

“The building will consist of three levels of office space above the Countdown supermarket, which will also include 10 retail outlets fronting Williamson Avenue and Pollen Street. There will be five levels of car parking below the Cider Building, including 220 dedicated car parks for Countdown shoppers,” he adds.

Ebert’s first task has been to undertake enabling works for the construction of a transformer room scheduled for completion in mid December, and they will soon commence piling along the Ponsonby Road boundary to form a retaining wall.

Most of the initial works for the Cider Building will be preparatory and not much will be visible until March next year when the basement structure will be above ground. Construction is expected to continue on site until the estimated completion date in the second quarter of 2016.

Foundation works commenced on site in December last year and focused on preparing the Vinegar Lane side of the site (Crummer Road/Pollen Street) for subdivision. These works are expected to be completed in September, at which point the individual lots will be ready for construction by their respective owners.

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