Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Wellington’s new air traffic control tower reaches height

Media statement by Airways New Zealand

16 May, 2017

Wellington’s new air traffic control tower reaches height

Wellington’s iconic new air traffic control tower has marked a major milestone in its construction with the control cab roof craned into place today. The tower that has been designed to look as if it is leaning into Wellington’s prevailing wind is now at its final height.

One of Wellington’s largest mobile cranes was used to lift the ten-tonne steel roof structure atop the tower frame, which now stands at 32 metres.

Another finishing touch, a deck that sits at the seventh floor and helps to give the top of the tower its distinctive shape, was also installed by a crane yesterday.

“We’re proud to see the tower taking its final shape on the Wellington skyline,” Airways CEO Ed Sims says. “While there’s still a lot of work to come before the tower is operational, this is an exciting milestone.”

The cab is the tower’s operational centre and once complete it will provide controllers managing flights in and out of Wellington Airport with 360-degree views of the airfield.

With the first sod turned in January 2016, the tower has sprung to height in less than 18 months. It has been designed to meet 100 per cent of the building code for a structure of its importance level. Seismic safety features meant its partially finished frame was undamaged by earthquakes that hit Wellington in November 2016. Thirteen base isolators were installed within the building’s foundations to provide a higher level of resilience, and these functioned as expected during last year’s earthquakes.

Now the cab roof is in place, the next step will be to complete the tower cladding. The east and west faces are clad with folded aluminium panels while the north and south faces feature glass facades.

Hawkins Construction is building the $18 million tower in Wellington Airport’s retail shopping area on Tirangi Road.

“With the roof structure lifted into place, Hawkins is well on track to complete the project later this year,” Hawkins Project Manager Shane Beech says. “The tower combines excellent functionality with urban design and is sure to become a city landmark.”

Ends.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog
More RSS News Alerts