Rob Roy Birdcage Now Halfway Home


The old Birdcage, or Rob Roy Tavern has been shifted 24 metres on its slow journey home.

The 125-year old Freemans Bay building will end up sitting on the Victoria Park tunnel.

When workers downed tools for the night at 6pm, it had got about half way - which was as scheduled.It resumes about 730am.

How it it being done?
Hydraulic jacks “pull” the hotel along a series of concrete runways. The jacks are attached to the concrete apron at the base of the brick building.

How much further has it to go tomorrow?
The final 20 metres of its 44 metre-long journey.

What were the workers doing tonight?
They began to reposition the hydraulic jacking sledges to the rear of the building so that they can be used to push the building for the final leg of its journey.

Where will it end up?
The hotel will be on the exact site where it was originally built, except that now the location is on top of the southern portal to the new Victoria Park Tunnel.

The return journey is a straight reversal of the move that was required last year to shift the hotel away from the tunnel construction site.

How much did the move cost?
The hotel’s double move is costing around $2.5m. The cost of the Victoria Park Tunnel project is $340m.

Who owns the building?
The taxpayer owns the Pub! The NZTA will continue to own the building, which will be refurbished as part of a plaza development around the brick building. The NZTA will next week call for expressions of interest for a hospitality-type business on the ground floor.

When will the tunnel be open?
Last week, the NZTA announced that drivers can start using the 450 metre-long tunnel built for northbound traffic this November, three months earlier than planned. The entire project, including the widening of SH1 through St Marys Bay and the reconfiguration of the existing Victoria Park viaduct to carry four southbound lanes of traffic, is due to be completed next March, two months ahead of schedule.





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