High time for tower’s new top
Bunbury’s milk carton has a new spout.
The city’s most iconic building, the Bunbury Tower, has been getting some much needed attention and the cherry on top was a new apex installed at the weekend.
Visitors to the CBD watched on as some streets were closed and a massive 130-tonne crane was brought in to install the steel top on Saturday.
The new apex replaces the tower’s 33-year-old tip and has been 12 months in the making for a local construction business.
Shekinah Construction director Gary Aitken said while the high-rise project had its challenges, the installation work went smoothly thanks to the local businesses that came together to make it happen.
“It was a long day and a very nervous day ... it’s quite an intrusion on the centre of Bunbury to block off all the streets, particularly for the small businesses, so we really wanted to try and get the whole thing done in one day, so we’re pretty happy about that,” Mr Aitken said.
He said it was exciting being part of a project on a building that had prominence in Bunbury.
“This was a pretty exciting project for us,” he said.
Mr Aitken laughed that the new apex would last until “I’m gone”.
“It’s a little bit stronger than the original one and it’s got very good surface protection, which the original one didn’t,” he said.
And the new top means the city’s tallest tower is even taller with a lightning strike bar about half-a-metre higher than before.
It comes as maintenance work is continuing on the building’s exterior.
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