Christchurch Arts Centre proposes plans for boutique hotel

Published on : Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Christchurch Arts CentreThe Arts Centre in Christchurch is planning to transform one of its heritage buildings into a 32-room boutique art-themed hotel.


Six domestic and international hotel operators have been invited to place proposals for the hotel to be based in the Physics and Biology Building and also in the ground floor of the Observatory Tower. Andre Lovatt who is the chief executive of the Arts Centre said that it would be exhibiting renowned works by local artists and no two rooms would appear similar.


But then, he has added that the entire region of New Zealand possesses nothing as impressive as this creation.


It has been estimated that the cost of strengthening the building is about $24 million. However, he has declined to identify the hotel operators who are involved in the current process. He just mentioned that the operators are all based in New Zealand and are quite reputed here.


The final decision on whether it would be perfect to proceed with the plan would be made in August and if all goes well, then the four and a half star hotel would be opened in early 2021.


Lovatt said that a hotel would be offering another commercial feature for the Arts Centre.


He feels that at present, they require a steady business plan with an aim to support the arts and culture education. Though the hotel would utilize the ground floor of the Observatory Tower, the remaining portion of the tower would be able to accommodate the restored Townsend Teece telescope and also a brand new education room.


Lovatt said that the idea of creating a hotel had been proposed way back in the year 2013.


The alternative uses for the buildings would comprise exhibition spaces, workshop or office.


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