It is all cranes and concrete at the moment in downtown Invercargill, with 55 staff now onsite for the City Block development.
Invercargill Central Limited public relations manager Amy Hibbs said 180 cubic metres of concrete was poured yesterday for the foundations of the East building, in the shopping centre along Esk Street.
Amalgamated Builders Ltd (ABL) has the construction contract for the $165 million project, which is expected to create up to 175 jobs for the city, with the development opening in May 2022.
The project is being divided into three stages with different teams working on each stage.
Before Christmas, precast walls started to go up for the Farmers building, and car park foundations were poured.
Amy said 60% of the concrete precast panels have been erected for the Farmers building, and
nine columns were in place for the car park – with another 80 to go.
“A third crane has arrived at the site to help with dual lifts for the columns.”
The CBD block will eventually have a food and beverage precinct, specialty stores, apartments, offices and carparks.