New crane on Darwin skyline heralds boost to economy

A huge tower crane has emerged over Darwin’s skyline as construction of the Territory’s newest and most innovative building hits the next stage. The $75 million project is on track to be completed by mid-2020 and True North is pleased to be providing media support.

After demolishing the old Cavenagh House building, Sandran Property Group is preparing for the next major stage to construct a nine-storey office tower on the corner of Cavenagh Street and Knuckey Street.

High Rise Crane and Rigging Service, a local Territory business, erected the tower crane in mid-April – with a free stand of 60 metres and designed to withstand cyclonic winds.

With a local crew operating the tower crane, there will be between 50-90 workers on site working on the structure, with 120 expected to be employed daily at the peak of construction in November 2019.

High Rise Crane and Rigging Services managing director Adam Hay said he was pleased that Hutchinson and Sandran chose a Territory crane company to work on the Manunda Place project.

“It is good to see Hutchinson and Sandran hiring local companies, the construction industry is the quietest I have ever seen and this will be the first tower crane we have erected in Darwin in two years,” Adam said.

Sandran Managing Director Will Phillips said in total the project is expected to create in excess of 250 jobs construction jobs with a focus on awarding contracts to local suppliers and sub-contractors.

“Sandran has a long history in the Territory and are eager to create local jobs and boost the local economy as part of this $75 million development in the Darwin CBD,” Will said.

“The trickledown effect of this boost to local employment is being generated in supporting industries such as hospitality, supplies, design, transport and government approval agencies, which could be more than four times the value of the local jobs.”

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