Lifting a 76-tonne roof
A Queenstown building that has been constructed with its upside down, now has its upside up.
It took six cranes several hours to lift the 76-tonne roof of a new commercial building in Frankton into place on Saturday.
A small crowd gathered in sleet and cold conditions to watch the lift, including developers Gerry Oudhoff and James Hennessy and the owner of the building, Hong Kong-based Julian Snelder.
Oudhoff said the 1740sqm roof was built on the ground by Tuatara Structures.
As it was lifted, corner legs would slide into place under the mono- pitch roof. They would hang at first before being lowered and bolted in.
It took most of the day to complete the work.
Oudhoff said it was not a cheaper way of building but it was slightly faster and much safer.
‘‘There’s nobody hanging up on scaffolding all day and less chance of people getting hurt. Less strops and harnesses and all that sort of stuff to deal with.’’
There were several recreational tenancies confirmed for the building including a cafe, climbing business, dancing and music.
Snelder, who grew up in Queenstown and only took over ownership a day earlier, was delighted to watch the progress.
Building owner Julian Snelder with developers Gerry Oudhoff and James Hennessy.