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PHOTO: NICK BROOK

NICK.BROOK@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

High-tech construction and heritage history will stand together as Clutha Community Hub clicks into place. On December 13, 1990, the Balclutha Road Bridge was classified as a Category I Historic Place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Its six 37m reinforced concrete arches were poured in place between 1933 and 1935, and its bluntly practical earthquake and flood resistant ‘‘bowstring’’ design by W.

L. Newnham makes it one of the most recognisable bridges in New Zealand.

Eighty-seven years later, the present stages of the old town hall’s replacement are being assembled in a fraction of the time by a small, specialised team using precast concrete panels and massive steel beams with heavy lifting equipment.

Milton based construction-engineering firm Calder Stewart is leading the construction project.

Commercial manager Morgan Cain said the firm was delighted to be contributing to a key project for its local district.

‘‘The Calder Stewart team are excited to be involved in this project and continuing our commitment to the South Otago region.

‘‘Construction of the Clutha Community Hub is progressing well despite the challenging environment that the construction industry in currently facing. We will soon be moving on to erection of the superstructure of the main atrium and tenancy areas, while continuing with closing in the auditorium.’’