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The first panels of the Invercargill city block development is placed alongside the old The Southland Times facade.

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The first panels of the Invercargill city block development is placed alongside the old The Southland Times facade.

Invercargill’s city block development has reached a new milestone, with the first vertical panels being placed.

Six panels, each 16 metres tall and weighing 39 tonnes, were erected on Tuesday, along the side of the old Southland Times facade on Esk St.

The panels will make up the four-floor structure of the building, with the first floor being six metres up from ground level.

Invercargill Central project director Geoff Cotton​ said the vertical structure was the first stage towards the completion of the project.

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The first columns were a complicated part of the build because they had to put them together with the old Southland Times facade, which is not as quick as if it was done on its own, Cotton said.

The sooner they could get to the roofing stage of the building, the better it would for the project, he said.

Along with the panels, a second crane has arrived that is capable of lifting 400 tonnes and has been used to erect wind turbines.

The crane will take 17 truckloads to bring on site.

Cotton expected that the completion of the Farmers building, the car parking buildings, and 30 per cent of the tenancies would be completed in the second quarter of 2022.

ABL Construction director and general manager Michael Johnson​ said if people thought that the 250 tonne green crane already on site was big, they should wait until they see this crane.

Finishing the groundwork, which has enabled them to go vertical, was a significant milestone for the project, Johnson said.

After columns are placed and supported, they are connected together with precast beams, then all tied together when the concrete floor is poured.

Because the car parking building would be made up of nine sections being built at separate times, there would be multiple floor levels being developed at a time, he said.

Column installation will commence early December, with the first floor slab planned for pouring just before Christmas, he said.

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