Construction history made in Hokitika

By Janna Sherman

West Coast - and possibly New Zealand - construction history has been made in Hokitika with an almost 100-tonne lift as the massive concrete panel walls go up for the nutritionals drier tower, at the Westland Milk Products site. A heavy crane owned and operated by Evan Jones Construction Ltd was used on Tuesday to move the first structural panel of the drier 7 tower into place. At 24m high and weighing 98.8 tonnes, the panel set a new record for the heaviest construction lift on the Coast. Westland Milk said yesterday it was also believed to be the tallest, heaviest panel ever lifted in a building being constructed within New Zealand. “A 100-tonne lift of any sort is unusual in New Zealand construction,” the company said. The Hitachi Sumitomo SCX 2800 crane brought in to do the job was well within its lift capacity of 275 tonnes. The $102 million drier tower is scheduled for commissioning in August 2015.