Invercargill Central Development Back To Full Capacity

Aimee Wilson, 1st October 2021

Things are progressing inside the new Farmers building with escalators installed and the roofing almost complete.

Invercargill Central Ltd public relations manager Amy Hibbs said they had reached a bit of a milestone after the escalators had been stuck on a ship in Bluff during lockdown.

There is not a lot of ground left to build on within the 20,000 sq m city centre development, and another large K-frame has also arrived on site on Tay Street, and incorporated into the build.

Watch the Video of the second 54-tonne K-frame being lifted into place here.

Amy said they were back to peak capacity post-Covid with 200 workers currently on site, “we managed to get back on track really quickly.”

Farmers was due to open in late May 2022, with all of the electrical, mechanical and hydraulic work underway, and the commencement of the fit out will begin next month.

Amy said the teal 250 crawler crane that has been in the CBD development site since late August, has also been dismantled and replaced with a Demag AC350 mobile crane.

It has almost been 12 months to the day that the site was handed over to main contractors Amalgamated Builders Limited (ABL) on October 19, 2020.

The development is expected to be complete by Christmas 2022.