‘Runaway resort’ to welcome $50m hotel

Published on : Friday, July 27, 2018

runaway-resortA $50 million-plus hotel on a prime downtown site is the next project for Queenstown.


Leading local developers John Martin, John Darby and Michael Davies are eager to build the hotel on top of the four-level Man Street car parking space that they own.


The trio, as Man Street Properties Ltd, lodged a resource consent application for the 205-room complex with the district council last week.


It’s one of at least a dozen major hotels by various developers planned for the runaway resort, firmly in the grip of an unprecedented tourism explosion.


If the construction of the hotel is approved this year, the hotel is slated to open by mid-2020.


Development manager Jay Cameron said that it is an elegant, classical design that is capable of standing the test of time.


Cameron ticks off the advantages of the 4000sqm site, which overlooks the CBD.


He notes it will front on to the council’s proposed Man St traffic bypass, while sharing the carpark’s pedestrian access down to Shotover St.


Cameron adds that there is only limited capacity for any other downtown hotel.


Uniquely, the hotel will come with a ready-made carpark, although the developers, in their application, say they’re prepared to set aside 60 of the 515 spaces for guest parking.


Construction time will be saved, too, as the hotel’s concrete foundation is already in place – according to the application, it should only take 14 to 16 months to build.


The design, by the Christchurch office of Australasian firm Plus Architecture, provides three view corridors through the site to not only retain spectacular lake and mountain views but also break up the size of the hotel.


The base features custom-made charcoal brick, while the body of the building will be clad in cream-coloured ceramic tiles. A 250- to 300-capacity restaurant/bar, for both guests and the public, is planned for the ground floor.


A steel structure covered in vines is proposed over the top of the carpark’s current vehicle entrance.


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