12 Apr 2011

Hotel re-location underway

12:15 pm on 12 April 2011

The Birdcage Hotel in Auckland has started a move back to its original location, eight months after it was shifted to make way for a major motorway project.

The two-storey building, constructed in 1885, was moved 40 metres so construction of the Victoria park tunnel could begin.

It will take two days to move the premises (also known as the Rob Roy Hotel), using beams and hydraulic jacks.

The building was moved 44 metres up hill last August using the same method.

It is now being moved back to its original position, above the new tunnel.

Transport Agency is confident that strengthening work undertaken for the first move, will be enough for the hotel to withstand the return journey.

Auckland state highways manager Tommy Parker says tenants are still being sought but it is hoped the building will once again house a bar.