Sliding into work at Trade Me
Trade Me's new slide beats taking the stairsHANK SCHOUTEN
Trade Me staff could soon be in for a big come down.
An intricately-engineered spiral three-storey stainless steel slide, which will be a centrepiece of their new Wellington head office, was hoisted into the Market Lane building site today.
When they finally get into their offices in May staff who fancy a quick ride will be able to hurtle down from the fifth to third floors in seconds.
Two cranes were needed to lift the 9 metre high three-tonne slide and spiral staircase into the Market Lane podium this morning.
Engineer Bill Martel of Plimmerton-based company Metalmorphic, which made the slide, said it was a huge 500-piece three dimensional jigsaw puzzle.
It took six months to design and four tradesmen six weeks to make it.
No two pieces were the same and it was so complex that it could not have been done without a computer.
The slide, which varies in slope from 31 to 36 degrees - a variation required to provide extra headroom in one section - was modelled on a smaller spiral slide that was built into the present Trade Me offices in the Xero building.
Trade Me company secretary Sara Hard was unwilling to disclose how much this one and two other single-storey slides were costing but said it was worth it.
They would have needed internal stairs in their new offices anyway and this was a beautiful piece. ''It's a combination of efficient and quirky - slightly odd, but fun and a reflection of the Trade Me wacky and vibrant way.''
Trade Me is taking three floors in the $75 million Market Lane retail, office and apartment complex, which is being developed by Willis Bond.
Willis Bond director David McGuinness.said the installation of the slide marked the half way stage in the project and the L T McGuinness construction team were planning extensive trials.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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