Project: Design & Build
Location: Nelson Airport
Client: Airways Corporation NZ
Contract period: October 2016 till June 2018
Consultants: Studio Pacific Architects -Wellington, Dunning Thornton Structural Engingeers - Wellington
Affectionately known as the"Popcorn Box"for its unique shape, this six-storey bespoke control tower was delivered under a Design/Build contract. The main structure uses precast panels tapering outwards to create a trapezoidal box spanning five floors of meeting rooms, server rooms, offices and a control cab sitting atop.
Creating something that is largely structural in form yet making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye has been a real test. Assembly of the precast panels on the angle, on ever-increasing footplates was managed through careful planning and utilization of our expertise in our crane division. The control tower cab was prefabricated off site to expedite the programme and craned into position once the precast panels and concrete works were completed.
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 have been the main contractor tasked with its delivery.