Former Crusaders and Highlanders halfback Ben Hurst is planning on opening a new early childcare centre in Taieri Rd, Dunedin.
Construction is expected to begin on the new Little Wonders centre before the end of the month, following a long period of inactivity on the building site.
Mr Hurst is the managing director of Little Wonders and said that time was needed for the foundations to settle after extensive earth and drainage works were carried out earlier this year, and other projects had taken priority.
Final adjustments were now being made to the foundations, and construction would begin within the next two weeks, he said.
The 100-child facility would take about 22 weeks to complete, and it was hoped it would be operational by May next year.
It will be the second Little Wonders facility to be built in Dunedin.
Mr Hurst has established child-care centres in St Kilda, Oamaru, Cromwell, Timaru, Wellington and Auckland, and is due to open a second facility in Auckland in January.
Story sourced from the Otago Daily Times.