Timeball progress captured on camera

PROGRESS: The rebuild of the timeball tower can be watched online with photos updated every 10 minutes.

You don’t need to leave the comfort of your living room to watch the rebuild of Lyttelton’s iconic Timeball Tower.

Heritage New Zealand and Hawkins Construction are sharing costs for a time lapse camera that captures progress of the build every 10min from 6.30am to 5.30pm.

“We encourage people to view the time lapse camera and watch the rebuild in real time. The tower rebuild should begin to become quite noticeable on Lyttelton’s skyline in the next few weeks,” Heritage New Zealand general manager Nick Chin said.

The Timeball station after the February 22, 2011 earthquake. PHOTO: NZ HERALD

He said it will be a welcome reminder for locals of the familiar landmark that stood at the site since 1876 but has been missing since the February 22, 2011, earthquake.

Heritage New Zealand is rebuilding the Timeball tower, the timeball itself and the flag pole and landscaping the grounds. It will be finished by the end of April.

An internal concrete shell which will house the automated timeball mechanism is currently being constructed on site.

The stone masonry work will take place once it is completed, using as much of the original heritage fabric as possible from the station following its deconstruction.

“It is really fantastic to actually see something physical appear at the Timeball site again,” Mr Chin said.

When completed the tower will overlook the harbour and township, with the timeball dropping at 1pm daily.

  • To view progress on the $3 million project visit http://lytteltontimeball.projectstory.co.nz/