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Crane tower goes up as work on HWR Tower office building ramps up


A new tower crane was started to be erected on Monday on the corner of Esk and Dee streets, Invercargill, to assist in the building of the new nine-storey HWR Tower building.

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A new tower crane was started to be erected on Monday on the corner of Esk and Dee streets, Invercargill, to assist in the building of the new nine-storey HWR Tower building.

A crane tower is being erected as work on the nine-storey HWR Tower building starts to take shape in Invercargill.

The tower crane is being constructed on the corner of Esk and Dee streets as Naylor Love Central Otago carries out the build for the HWR Group.

The top four floors of the HWR Tower will house be occupied by the HWR Group.

Of the remaining five floors, only three remained unleased, with one and a half of those currently in negotiations.

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HWR group director Scott O’Donnell, who is also the acting chief executive, said the nine-storey tower crane would give the public an appreciation of the height of the building once it was finished.

O’Donnell is also a director of Invercargill Central Ltd which is the company constructing a multi-million dollar retail, food and beverage, and car park precinct, next to the HWR Tower building development.

The two projects are separate.

Two tower cranes have been operating on the Invercargill Central Ltd site for sometime.

The first stage of the retail precinct and car parks, which includes Farmers department store as the anchor tenants, is expected to be opened in May, 2022.

It is expected the HWR Tower building would be finished about December 2022.

Meanwhile, Downer staff will start setting up site fencing from the Dee St end of Don St on Friday for the start of the Invercargill City Council’s streetscape work in the inner city. Work on Esk St would then start on August 23.

Esk St will be closed to vehicle traffic while the work is being carried out.



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