Before Flip ‘N’ Fun Trampoline Park, Invercargill’s newest entertainment venue becomes a family favourite – its provided entertainment of an entirely different kind – in the form of a unique swing-leg roof lift on Saturday morning 28th October.
Five cranes hoist the 1500 square metre, completed roof structure (with all required services in place) allowing the pre-fixed structural legs to swing into position and be connected to their engineered foundations.
This is a very safe and time efficient building method specific to Tuatara Structures – the company undertaking the build and fit out of building for HWR Property on the corner of Nith and Tyne streets.
The completed facility will be leased to John and Robyn Smart for use as the city’s first indoor trampoline park.
The 50 by 30 metre building will stand eight metres tall and is the first structural steel building constructed in this way in Invercargill. Tuatara Structures managing director, Jordan Frizzell says the team is excited to see this lift happen as he knows how eager the community is about gaining this amenity.
Keeping it local is also part of the Tuatara Structures approach. “While we have projects across the country, we are committed to using local trades people and suppliers on all of our projects.
Local companies form a large part of the construction team including:
- Nathan McDermott Building
- South Roads
- Marshalls Excavating
- Allied Concrete
- Purdue Brothers
- Nind Electrical
“It’s particularly important to us to use locals when we are working in smaller communities like Invercargill – especially when this city has such a close affinity with the tuatara – the creature that inspires our brand and slogan of ‘Built Forever’.”
HWR Property project manager, Sue Hill says she has been fascinated by the construction method and after travelling to Christchurch to see a completed building, she said the decision to use Tuatara Structures was “solidified.”
“It’s not just how they build that is so different, its seeing the reality that working on the ground makes.
Safety is a very strong driver for HWR and not having people working at heights is a positive for us,” she says.
“It has been a very easy process so far, Hill adds.
Early on Saturday morning the hot dip galvanised structural steel frame rose from the ground. Tuatara Structures, with its closest office in Gore, uses this form of construction for all its steel buildings across New Zealand.
“We have worked closely with a team of engineers and consultants to come up with a connection detail that allows us to hinge the supporting columns in a way that allows them to swing into place when the structure is lifted,” Frizzell explains.
“While there are other companies across New Zealand who do partial building lifts – we are the only one constructing large scale commercial, rural and industrial building in this way, every time we build.”
Another plus for the system is its ability to provide large clear-span spaces – meaning there are no internal supports required for strength.
Flip ‘N’ Fun plan to open in time for the Christmas Holidays.