Role: Subcontractor responsible for building terminal
Report to: Main Contractor - Naylor Love
Location: Nelson Airport
Client: Nelson Airport Ltd.
Contract period: August 2017 till September 2019
Consultants: Studio Pacific Architects -Wellington, Dunning Thornton Structural Engingeers - Wellington
Gibbons have linked up with national construction firms Naylor Love and Fulton Hogan, on the $32 million Nelson Airport new terminal project which is scheduled to take 20 months. The need for the new terminal has been spurred by the huge growth in passenger numbers the terminal was seeing.
The very technical build features timber prominently throughout and a unique roof structure has been designed to mimic the western ranges, which can be viewed through the "floor to ceiling" windows. The completed building will showcase Nelson grown and processed Nelson Pine Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL). The roof structure comprises 56 large triangle sections which have been prefabricated offsite to expediate the programme by Gibbons. These were then carted to the project site via the airports operational taxiway in between air traffic movements. Gibbons crane division was instrumental in erecting the roof sections into place.
Construction within a 'live' airport and dealing with the heightened awareness around debris and airborne risks to aircraft has also been a real challenge and one which we have successfully achieved without incident. This is a stunning building that captures the imagination and we are proud to be a major subcontractor tasked with its delivery.