All eyes were skyward around Dunedin's former chief post
office yesterday as a large crane lowered truck-sized
sections of steel through the roof to form two new lift
The work was part of the historic building's
multimillion-dollar transformation into the four-star-plus
Distinction Dunedin hotel, which is on schedule to be
completed by the end of next year, Arrow International
strategic development manager Stephen Cairns said.
Yesterday's operation was centred on the Bond St side of the
building where the main entrance will be located.
Mr Cairns said holes had been cut in each floor of the
10-storey building over the past six weeks, and the large
crane was being used to lower six 12m-long sections of steel
through the roof to create the two lift shafts.
The shafts were expected to be completed today, he said.
''Things are really taking off now. The site is very busy.
''We are certainly comfortably on schedule.''
Mr Cairns said there were about 40 contractors on site,
working mainly on the ''base-build'' for the commercial
office space on the ground, first and second floors.
He believed the work would be completed by the end of the
year, when Silver Fern Farms would begin a fit-out of the
ground and first floors before the opening of its offices in
Several as yet unnamed tenants would fill the second floor,
''The second floor is two-thirds full of tenants at the
moment. We're in the process of finalising the last third.''
Following the completion of the commercial tenancy build, Mr
Cairns said work would begin on a three-level car park across
the road on Bond St, and the conversion of the remaining post
office floors into a 120-apartment hotel.
''It's just fantastic.
''It's great to see the progress in the building.
''People are seeing the project as quite exciting. It's