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Construction central: inner-city upgrade goes above ground


Invercargill’s inner-city upgrade has clocked up a monumental milestone – with construction on a development set to revitalise the heart of the city now progressing above ground.

The $165 million Invercargill Central Ltd project – which has seen the demolition of an entire city block, set to be replaced by a modern development comprising retail, food and beverage, and office spaces – is full steam ahead. The largest concrete pour of the project to date has now taken place, with approximately 76 concrete trucks doing the business: cumulatively they poured a whopping 380 cubic metres of concrete for the foundations of the carpark included in the project.

Invercargill’s inner-city upgrade has now gone vertical too. Concrete precast panels have been installed, earmarked to form part of the anchor tenant building in the new development. Each panel is about 13 metres tall and weighs a monumental 27,000kg. The panels make up the two-floor structure of the Farmers building, with the first floor being six metres from ground level. The panels were installed courtesy of a 54 metre-high crawler crane while a second, larger crane has also arrived on-site. This 400 tonne crane will be used to lift the columns for the carpark. These columns are 15 metres high and weigh up to 32,000kg.

Visitors to Invercargill can check out the progress of the project, with a collection of demolition photos now on display at the project’s Information Hub. Taken by volunteer photographer David Watson and Chris Duggan, from the Southland Photographic Society, the images show the incredible work that has been carried out so far.

The Information Hub in the Bank of New South Wales building is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 2pm.


Click here to find out more about Invercargill’s inner-city upgrade.

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