Twinkle Toes tackles largest project to date

Massive excavator tackles AMI House

MICHAEL WRIGHT
Last updated 14:21 16/11/2011
AMI demolition
John Kirk-Anderson
CRASH: AMI House will be down to two-storeys by Saturday.

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Twinkle Toes, the 208-tonne excavator with a 65-metre reach, got its claw into its biggest building yet this week.

The English import has started work on the nine-storey AMI House in Latimer Square, its second demolition job since arriving from the UK last month.

Twinkle Toes is the biggest high-reach excavator in the southern hemisphere.

Nikau Contractors operations manager Danny Halley said the excavator's latest job was still well within its capabilities.

''We haven't even extended it at the moment. Its maximum reach is 65 metres, at the moment we would be at about 25m.

''It's a pretty average building. Everybody's getting into the taller buildings now.''

Twinkle Toes would have the nine-storey building down to two storeys by Saturday night, Halley said, before smaller equipment was brought in to finish the job.

''You can't actually use it [below two storeys]. It's too low. We'll just use her to get it down to level three and then we move it on.''

Twinkle Toes' next job was a building on Hereford St, Halley said, about the same height as AMI House.

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