The original form of the historic Mt Roskill Borough Council building is slowly reappearing, thanks to the removal of a problematic 1990 addition.
In 2011, the building was closed following the discovery of mould spores, and a decision was made to return it to its original 1957 footprint.
As part of the restoration process, an innovative deconstruction project has been taking place.
Supported by Puketāpapa Local Board and the community, the project aims to make deconstruction material available to local people, minimise waste to landfill, and provide training opportunities for locals to work in the industry.
Employment for trainees
More than 1300 items were repurposed, including insulation, carpet tiles and framing timber. This represents around 3 tonnes diverted from landfill.
Two trainees who worked on the project have now been employed full time.
The restoration is expected to be completed by April 2017.