Nelson Pine Industries Limited

New Nelson Airport Terminal

The new terminal at Nelson Airport will be a gateway to the city that tells a story of one of the Nelson region’s biggest primary sectors, the timber industry, and the NPIL role in processing plantation Pinus radiata.

There are two aspects to the radical design. The first is the particular way the building is being constructed to be earthquake proof. The beams are all attached using special RSFJ Moment Resisting Frame connectors developed and part-funded by the University of Auckland. It’s an innovative New Zealand technology that is solid in normal circumstances but flexes in the ‘moment’ of an earthquake and allows the building to move – thereby resisting any damage.

The second radical design aspect is the look of the building, with the glass walls front and back allowing passengers to look through to the Nelson hills. The repeating peaks of the roofline are designed to complement the view of our local landscape. To make that shape possible the engineers have designed a series of composite triangles.

All these components are being precision machined utilising hot-pressed and cold-pressed NelsonPine LVL.

The first stage of the new airport will open to the public in September. NPIL expects to start manufacture for the second stage in late July; and to start LVL deliveries again in November with building on site beginning in January 2019.