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No such thing as a bridge too far with the help of

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Work to re­place Queen­stown’s iconic Kawa­rau Falls Bridge with a two-lane bridge has pre­sented many chal­lenges for de­vel­op­ers – and they over­came the el­e­ments, and a river run­ning 43m be­low, with the help of ship­ping con­tain­ers.

The new 250m long link will be lo­cated just down­stream from the old one lane bridge which is per­haps best known as one of the coun­try’ s ul­ti­mate bungy jump­ing des­ti­na­tions.

Mark De La Rosa, Project Ad­min­is­tra­tor at McCon­nell Dow­ell, says build­ing a bridge is never an easy task, even in ideal con­di­tions, and theKa war au project has thrown up ev­ery­thing from ex­treme weather through to chal­lenges around work­ing on ei­ther side of a very wide river.

“The site is unique be­cause while it is tight on ei­ther river bank, you also have to man­age the ex­panse of the site across the river. Royal Wolf’s range of ship­ping con­tain­ers were the ideal so­lu­tion be­cause they are highly por­ta­ble, very durable to cope with the ex­treme weather con­di­tions, and they come in a range of sizes to suit our spe­cific needs.”

TheKa war au Bridge project site is made up of two 20- foot lunch room con­tain­ers, an ablu­tion block, three mini cube con­tain­ers – which are less than half the size of a tra­di­tional 20- foot con­tainer – used for stor­ing tools, and an eight- foot Dan­ger­ous Goods con­tainer.

“The site has come with many un­fore­seen ob­sta­cles but with ev­ery­thing housed in­side con­tain­ers, in­clud­ing our guys lunch room through to our tool sup­plies, it means the on­site crane can move equip­ment from one side of the river to the other very eas­ily.

“They’re strong and weath­er­proof too, but for big steel boxes they are also in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile and mo­bile and can be stacked if needed which helps ease pres­sure on a tight site,” says De La Rosa.

Paul Creighton, Royal Wolf Ex­ec­u­tive Gen­eral Man­ager NZ, says the Kawa­rau Bridge project shows how adapt­able con­tain­ers can be and how they can be mod­i­fied to meet a spe­cific need.

“The beauty of Royal Wolf’s con­tain­ers is that they can be used for ev­ery­thing from sim­ple and re­li­able stor­age so­lu­tions through to mod­i­fied and be­spoke con­tain­ers that take the shape of ev­ery­thing from toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and meet­ing rooms through to Dan­ger­ous Goods con­tain­ers.”

Royal Wolf has many con­tain­ers lo­cated around New Zealand be­ing used for a range of dif­fer­ent projects – from re­tail and food out­lets to cov­ered pedes­trian walk­ways ( known as hoard­ings) around con­struc­tion sites.

It has also sup­plied many con­tain­ers for the North Can­ter­bury Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Re­cov­ery ( NCTIR) in Kaik­oura to as­sist teams work­ing to re­pair State High­way 1 and the Main Trunk rail line fol­low­ing the Novem­ber 2016 earth­quake.

“With the on­go­ing ac­tiv­ity in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, con­tain­ers are be­com­ing more and more prom­i­nent on streets and around con­struc­tion sites. They are one of the eas­i­est and most prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions for man­ag­ing safety on th­ese sites and they’re ideal for keep­ing both the pub­lic and work­ers safe,” says Creighton.

“It also means, on a prac­ti­cal level, there is lim­ited dis­rup­tion around build­ing sites, which are of­ten in high pedes­trian ar­eas, or in the case of Kawa­rau Bridge, the con­tain­ers pro­vide a highly ef­fi­cient so­lu­tion to keep the site run­ning smoothly.”

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