Contractors piece together a design

Invercargill Central Ltd contractors Amy Ewing and Michael Krevalek create an internal wall with thousands of recyclable bricks from the demolished buildings around the block.

CONTRACTORS in Invercargill’s inner-city development started work on a big puzzle this week.

Twenty-two thousand recycled bricks and material saved from a range of demolished buildings will be re-used as part of the project’s design.

Contractors Michael Krevalek and Amy Ewing started placing bricks to make up an internal wall in one of the retail lanes.

‘‘There are thousands of bricks and each of them are different sizes so the challenge is to merge them all in a way to make them look nice,’’ Ms Ewing said.

‘‘It is almost like a big jigsaw.’’

She said they would cover a nearly 200 sq m area with the bricks.

‘‘I don’t know how long it will take to do that but it will be very cool when it’s ready.’’

Project manager Geoff Cotton said the $165 million Invercargill Central Ltd project – which has seen the demolition of an entire city block, to give space to a development comprising retail, food and beverage, and office spaces – was progressing well with the first stage of the project opening on June 10.

‘‘The weather has been good in Invercargill, that is great for us. And we are Covid-19 free — and we hope to keep it that way.

‘‘The project is tracking well and as programmed,’’ he said.

Last week, another milestone was reached in the project with the handover of the site which would be occupied by Farmers for a fit-out, he said.

Contractors also installed the glass roof in the retail lane which runs parallel to Esk St and
was hoped to bring some natural light to the development.