While this job will be underway for a long while yet, we thought that it would be good to see some updates on the impressive great hole that has been dug between Willis St and Boulcott St. They have reached the bottom some time ago, having dug out several thousand cubic metres of dirt, and they’re now filling in the hole – working their way up from the foundations to form the lower floors of the massive Willis Central project.

Here is what it looked like just a few months ago, at the top of the slope:

and here the side of the slope
Meanwhile, down on Willis St, the old Vault building (and previous home to the colourful practice of John Mills Architecture), the old building was being cut and gutted, sliced and diced, until just a thin wafer of building was left along the Willis St frontage.
Work is proceeding at full steam ahead – and it is now being stitched back into the main building. But what a contrast to the hole today: here is the exposed back of the Airways building – reuse of the Airways building, nothing much else to it, and the precarious position of the neighbour’s carparking deck:
and then turning back to the Boulcott St side, we can see part of the massive piling job down the side of the neighbouring building – and the new basement work infilling it all back in again.

As far as I can tell, there is just 1 or 2 diggers – hard-working orange Hitachis – and a very proud digger operator, who have dug out all that dirt. Probably the biggest job he’ll have in his life – unless he gets a job building a dam on the Clutha.

Tomorrow (or at least soon) we’ll explore the new building itself. And that’ll be the biggest job ever (so far) for Architecture Plus as well….