SIGN OF THE TIMES

FMG on the move from high-rise

Manawatu Standard - - Front Page - PAUL MITCHELL

For the first time in nearly three decades, an FMG logo no longer tow­ers above the Palmer­ston North sky­line.

FMG’S na­tional head­quar­ters has oc­cu­pied seven floors of the city’s tallest tower, over­look­ing The Square, for close to 30 years, but the com­pany is due to move out over the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

A 66-me­tre tall crane oc­cu­pied the car park be­hind the old build­ing while the com­pany’s signs were taken down on Tues­day.

FMG chief client of­fi­cer An­drea Brun­ner said it was the end of an era for the com­pany, and a cor­ner­stone mo­ment in the move to a new head­quar­ters down the road.

Work started on the new four­storey FMG build­ing, at the cor­ner of Pitt and Church streets, last July and the final in­te­rior fitout was due to be com­plete by the end of the year.

Cap­ture Signs project man­ager Nigel Rook, who over­saw the re­moval, said the date the signs came down had been set two months ago, and they’d just had to hope the weather played ball.

‘‘Thank­fully, the gods smiled, the stars aligned, and all that mys­ti­cal stuff, and it was a beau­ti­ful day for it.’’

Con­sid­er­ing the job in­volved four com­pa­nies, and co-or­di­nat­ing with sev­eral sur­round­ing busi­nesses who used the car park, it had gone off with­out a hitch, he said.

Mcintosh Cranes set up the tow­er­ing crane at 4am, while Downer con­trac­tors and elec­tri­cians worked to make the build­ing’s roof safe for the job.

That in­cluded shut­ting down the cell tow­ers on top of the build­ing, and re-rout­ing phone traf­fic through other tow­ers, Rook said.

Work­ers from Arabac Ab­seil­ers, from New Ply­mouth, rap­pelled down the side of the build­ing to re­move the four signs and hook them on to the crane.

The first of the 700-kilo­gram signs came down be­fore 7am, and the rest fol­lowed dur­ing the day. Once they were down at ground level, the signs were loaded up to be taken away and re­cy­cled.

PHOTO: MAR­KET­ING ME­DIA

Mcintosh Cranes brought in a 66-me­tre tall crane to re­move the four 700kg FMG signs from the city’s tallest tower yes­ter­day.

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