Rob Roy Gets New Home Base


It took an extra day for the the 124-year old historic Freemans Bay Rob Roy tavern to be slowly moved to its new home - 40 metres up the road.

The NZTA’s State Highways Manager for Auckland, Tommy Parker, says clearing the brick and mortar building from its original foundations today made a considerable difference to the speed of the move.
Yesterday only 19 metres was achieved in an operation they had hoped might take only 6 hours.

Mr Parker said once the hotel was crossing ground that was stronger and more stable, this enabled the team to extend the reach of the hydraulic rams pushing the hotel each time the building is moved.

The Rob Roy was being pushed by the rams along a series of concrete runways covered with Teflon to make it slide easier.

It was being moved so that the NZTA and its partners in the Victoria Park Tunnel Alliance can start work on the southern portal of the motorway tunnel. When that work is completed in six months, the hotel will be pushed back to its original site, which will be above the tunnel portal.

Videos of yesterday’s work are here and Photos here





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