01 May 2017
With all floors up and the cladding going on, we’re starting to see the new Wellington Control tower begin to take its final shape.The tower is now ‘at height’, with all seven levels plus the cab floor complete, and installation of the façade on the east and west sides well underway. Each of the 160 plus folded aluminum panels that make up these façades are 3.4 metres high and 1.4m long. They’re individually lifted by crane onto the tower to complete the cladding.The panels are all covered with a protective wrapping during installation and it’s satisfying to see the tower unwrapped section by section, giving a gradual look at what the finished product will be.While the tower is up, a lot of work lately has been happening on the ground. The ...
26 May 2016
The new Wellington Control Tower build reached a major milestone this week – the foundations are in place. It’s an exciting development, five months after construction started on 5 January.There was a constant stream of concrete trucks arriving at the tower site on Monday to pour the raft slab which the building will sit on - our timelapse video below shows the action. To form the slab, the concrete was poured over a huge reinforcing cage made up of 60,000kg of steel bars. At 1.25m thick and covering an area about half the size of an Olympic swimming pool, 72 truckloads of concrete were needed.Ideally the team would have one truck arriving every five minutes, but Wellington's traffic made this a bit of a challenge. Work got underway at 7:30...
New Wellington tower - pouring the slab