Development: Workshop team is on the move
LPC’s new workshop – Te Whare Whakatika

The old LPC workshop is now empty after the team spent the last two weeks moving into Te Whare Whakatika, the new workshop.

Most of the tools and equipment have been shifted over using LPC trucks, hire vans and supported by heavy machinery movers.

Technical Lead Daniel Barkley says that the move went better than expected.

“Everyone is just so motivated and keen to move,” says Daniel.

LPC’s old workshop, built in 1970’s.

He worked with the planning team and blocked out two weeks to move, so they were looking at breakdowns.

During the process, they were also able to recycle and get rid of a lot of things that had accumulated over the last 50 years.

“We have been throwing things out for the last nine months. There was rubbish behind benches and all over the place.”

The team is also recycling where they can, like scrap metal.

Daniel has enjoyed looking after the workshop build and move over the last year.

“It’s been interesting to figure out how to put out all the fires that came up.

“The project has been a big jigsaw, and I’m just making sure it all fits together.”

While the team is now returning to business as usual, there will still be a period of figuring out the best place for everything.

The $20 million new workshop improves staff working conditions, reinforcing the port’s commitment to its employees.

The three-level combined building, which includes workshop spaces, amenities, and offices, features a 23-meter-high service bay capable of accommodating four high straddles.

The facility will be officially opened on Monday 21 August by Mayor of Christchurch Phil Mauger along with representatives from Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, contractors and LPC staff.

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