Pinnacle Steel wants to build on the old Burnside freezing
works site. Photo ODT Files
A Dunedin steel fabricator seeking to expand its business
and employ more people has applied for resource consent to
build on a part of the old Burnside freezing works site in
Pinnacle Steel wants to build a 1500sq m building,
accommodating 30 employees, on the corner of Kaikorai Valley
and Townleys Rds.
Company shareholder Paul Hickey said it operated from an
industrial site in Sturdee St in the city, but that was
cramped and the company sought a more suitable site to expand
and take on new staff, in response to increased demand for
About 26 staff were employed by the company, but it wanted to
start a production line in the new building, and would
''definitely'' require more staff.
The demand for steel was coming from Christchurch, and it was
expected to continue for years, he said.
Pinnacle Steel was a Dunedin company and was dedicated to the
''We love Dunedin. [It] is a great wee place and we wouldn't
live anywhere else.
''We've got a 21-year-old lad [working] here, looking to buy
his own place. That's what it's all about. We aim to keep
The company has applied for resource consent, as the zoning
for the Kaikorai Valley site will need to be changed from
rural to industrial.
A report on the consent application from Dunedin City Council
planner Darryl Sycamore to the council's hearings committee
said, according to the company, the site was used by the
Burnside freezing works to hold stock and as a reservoir for
the meat works' cooling system.
One submission was received on the application, from nearby
Scott Technologies, which was opposed because the building
would shade its property and heavy traffic in the area would
But Mr Sycamore said he believed granting consent was
unlikely to create an undesirable precedent, as,
historically, the site was used as an industrial property,
was beside the industrial zone and the project would have
minor effects on the environment.
He recommend the committee grant consent with conditions,
including requirements to plant around the building.
The committee will hear the application tomorrow.