New World site bigger, better

By Ilona Hanne

Aaron Stephens, Cleland Construction site manager for the carpark extension at Stratford's New World says the project has been "on time and on budget" with no problems.

"It has been a straightforward job and now we just have the last bit of landscaping and gardening to do to make it look good," he says.

Aaron says their team has consisted mainly of local workers: "We always like to use local trades and people, not only does it put money back into the community but we also benefit from their local knowledge and experience."

The carpark extension has increased parking by 28 spaces - having reduced the original carpark area by five bays in order to create thoroughfares to the new part plus the extension itself which comprises 33 parking bays.

Two houses were demolished to make space for the carpark and Aaron says "the neighbours have been lovely" to talk to. He is also impressed with how easy the local council has been to deal with, commenting that the building inspector was "very knowledgeable" as well as helpful.

"The project has been part of Foodstuff's focus on 'making things safe' for their customers," says Aaron.

The safety focus is also behind the other work at the site, in which a covered truck loading bay is being created to put an end to the previous situation where trucks unloaded in the carpark, causing delays to traffic as well as being dangerous to pedestrians.

Jimmy Lim, one of the store's owner operators, says the truck bay is "a huge asset which is making the area so much safer by keeping the trucks away from our customers' cars".

He is also pleased the truck bay is under cover, so "the sun and rain will be kept off our stock".

Jimmy is also pleased with the positive impact the increased parking space will have: "Our customers will be very happy" he says, "especially as they will be able to access the carpark from two streets now which will reduce traffic flow on Orlando Street."

With the street lights having been erected late last week, the carpark is now in use, having opened on Monday; however, the access via Juliet St will open a little later in order to give the freshly-laid concrete a chance to harden. The truck bay is also now in use.

- Stratford Press

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