A major redevelopment of the former Mt Roskill Borough Council building was driven by a commitment to minimise construction and demolition waste. Community organisations worked with contractors to put deconstruction material to good use.
This project put two organisations with good community connections (TROW Group and Earth Action Trust) into an unusual and close collaboration with two construction contractors (Corbel Construction and Green Way Demolition).
The community partners were allocated space within the building site for a pop-up salvage yard to execute the salvage and recovery during the deconstruction phase. This was completed with full commitment to Health & Safety requirements.
The project diverted more than 1300 items or three tonnes of building material from landfill. This included more than 300 metres of timber, which was made available to the community.
Ten community organisations received material. For example, a recovered kitchen is being used to provide meals for homeless people at a local marae. Materials have been provided to a rehabilitation organisation and to a church.
Through the project, two unemployed trainees were provided with the basic requirements to work in the construction industry. They have since gone on to full-time employment.