Officially opened by Sir Graham Henry, Bunnings Grey Lynn is a $42 million three-storey building with two subterranean car parking levels, covering some 7,000 square metres of retail area and featuring a unique truck "turntable" to help with deliveries in the tight space, an indoor timber trade sales area, building materials and outdoor nursery, indoor playground and café.
Particular mention at this morning's launch went to Ebert Construction for its sterling work on the project since September 2015. Its scope of works included 22,000m3 of bulk excavation, 134 perimeter retaining piles, 107 17m deep concrete foundation piles, four lifts, 2 floors of travellators all services and landscaping.
Because it sits right next to an inner-city residential area ("Arch Hill"), consultation with locals has meant smaller lorries and mitigation of exhaust fumes, limited delivery hours and use of loudspeakers, staff parking within the store footprint.
Complex Manager Michael Winiata was therefore excited to welcome local residents to the store, having already lent a helping hand in local community projects including planting and refurbishing gardens at Newton Central School, providing a new worm farm and compost bin at Mt Albert Primary School and building a mud kitchen and sandpit at the Kumeu Play Centre.