Lift­ing a 76-tonne roof

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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.

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