Hamish McNeilly / Stuff
The old Cadbury factory silos in Dunedin are being removed.
They were once filled with chocolate crumbs, but two former Cadbury factory silos are being removed.
The two 30-meter silos dominate much of Dunedin’s skyline, especially as the former factory site becomes demolished to make way for the city’s $ 1.4 billion sanitation development of hospitals.
The silos, one cream the other in the Cadbury purple brand, must be removed over the weekend – weather permitting.
This is no small task, as the silos, built in the late 1950s and moved to their current location in 1991, each weigh 70 tonnes.
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A spokesman for the health ministry said the plan was to cut each silo into three sections.
Work begins on the purple silo from 7.30am on Saturday, where a 74m crawler crane called ‘Stretch’ removes the top section.
Before Cadbury closed the factory in March 2018, the silos housed a combination of milk, sugar and cocoa that were mixed into crumbs and used as a base for many of the company’s products.
The crumb was blown in and out of the bins by air pressure.
Dunedin’s former Cadbury factory is being demolished to make way for the city’s new hospital.
The contractors tasked with clearing the site have so far removed more than 18,600 tons of material, including concrete and steel, and 80 percent have been recycled.
Material that could not be recycled included 3698 tons of demolition waste such as old carpet, wood and glass and 200 tons of hazardous waste.
The entire site is expected to be cleared by mid-2022.
A new outpatient building is expected to open in early 2025. Planning details for the new nine-story inlaid building have not yet been completed.
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