Dismantling will begin on October 24 and is expected to be finished in December provided no unforeseen issues cause delays.
The future use of the West Auckland site has not yet been determined.
The tavern was permanently closed in May after an inspection report identified potential health and safety risks in the building, constructed in 1974. Allan Pollard, CEO of the Trusts, says the safety of staff and patrons has been the most important consideration in the decision to close the tavern. “The tavern had very loyal patrons and we know this news will be disappointing for them, but we cannot and will not compromise the safety of our staff or the public,” Mr Pollard said.
The tavern has been closed temporarily while the Trusts completed the full inspection.
Concerns identified in the report include cladding and possible structural problems with the roof, evidence of dampness (including signs of rot and mould) in the building’s structure and interior, and the need to replace electrical mains.
All employees were redeployed to other roles.