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Wellington Tower - build update

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 next major milestone will be to install the level seven deck onto the south side of the building, which will help to give the tower its distinctive shape. The seven tonne deck has been built on the ground and will be lifted into place by crane in a few weeks time.

After that we’ll see the tower dish go on. This is the roof of the cab, which is also being constructed at ground level and will be lifted onto the roof in one piece.


The tower 'dish'


It’s been a little over a year since construction started in Rongotai and it’s exciting to see the progress being made.