I'm sure you must have noticed the concrete slabs that are now standing outside of Te Takere. They are a continuation of the rows of timber clad panels that follow the outline of the Waka shape that is our theme for Te Takere. At the base of these slabs will be decking seating where you could relax, eat your lunch in the sun, or just meet up with friends in summer.
At present they are supported by steel bracing which will be removed once the concrete bases have set.
Inside work continues apace. It seems incredible that we are still scheduled to move in in September. How many other building projects finish on time? It is a credit to everyone who is working there that things are all going so well. What a great team they all are.
The open central space is beginning to take shape now that the timber panels are there. The base of the panels has not yet been filled in as the floor tiling is being done. Beautiful porcelain tiles in two shades of grey will be the floor surface for the central open area and the pathway through the building. The colour of the tiles is baked in right through so that if there are any scratches they won't show at all.
The panels are all wired up so that they can be fitted with display cases or screens for exhibitions. Just imagine the amazing displays and exhibitions we are going to be able to mount!
...and the whole central area is so light and spacious - fantastic!