Top goes on Wellington's new airport control tower
It is tilted at an odd angle and plonked in the middle of a car park but Wellington's new control tower has its crown.
A massive crane on Tuesday morning lifted the top of the new airport control tower into place without hitch.
The new tower – built with an intentionally distinctive lean – is positioned in the Lyall Bay Warehouse car park.
In 2015 Wellington City Council granted resource consent for the new control tower for Wellington Airport, being built by Airways New Zealand.
The $18 million, 32-metre-high tower is designed to lean into the prevailing northerly wind at an angle of 12.5 degrees. Building began in January 2016.
The top floor will give air control officers 360-degree views.
The 10-tonne steel roof frame was lifted into place by one of Wellington's largest cranes.
Airways chief executive Ed Sims said the were "proud to see the tower taking its final shape on the Wellington skyline".
"While there's still a lot of work to come before the tower is operational, this is an exciting milestone."
The building has 13 base isolators.
The next step will be to complete the cladding – aluminium panels on the east and west sides, and glass facades on the north and south.