Wait…what? Let me read thisagain. Yep, that’s right, after what seems like forever, and with seemingly still much to do, the Arena will reach PC in five months time. For those non-architects reading this, that generally means the building ‘is reasonably capable of being used for its intended purpose’ ie concerts and basketball games. Except that it won’t be, as the commissioning tests will take a further three months. Firstly, I would never give a building PC before all the commissioning was done, as this also starts the defects liability period, when faults need to be rectified by the Builder. You wouldn’t want to lose three months of that not able to use the building because the a/c or whatever isn’t operational yet. Its very strange to consider issuing PC three months prior to the building actually being ready to use.
Secondly, I can’t help comparing the amount of construction that’s occurred on this building in the last two years, with how much is still left to complete. I go past this on the train on the way to work in the mornings and it only ever seems like there’s about four guys working on it at any one time. So they had better work on that. Maybe if they stopped cladding over and over the external walls they might finish a bit quicker.
So at the moment it looks like it will be officially open to the public on November 10. I hope they do actually reach this target, as I am over watching this slow construction, it’s torturous. Hopefully sometime soon the architects will make a decision on what the building’s supposed to look like, and they can finish it! Good luck!