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Hihiani Radar Tower

Canterbury Commercial

Cook Brothers Construction undertook the construction of a new Primary Surveillance Radar and Structural Steel Tower at Christchurch International Airport for Airways New Zealand.


The new radar is a significant upgrade, replacing equipment that had been operational for over 35 years. It now provides three-dimensional flight tracking within a wider radius, enhancing safety and efficiency for air traffic in the region.

The project's success hinged on innovative approaches, including ground-level assembly of the radar tower's top pedestal to avoid delays in earthworks, while ensuring seamless integration of various technical aspects, from steelwork to mechanical installations, under stringent health and safety measures.


  • Gold Award: Industrial Category - NZ Commercial Project Awards 2024
  • Value Award: Under $1 Million - NZ Commercial Project Awards 2024