November, 2018The ends in sight for the tallest building project at Queenstowns
La Residence du Parcs two four-storey buildings should be ready for
occupation by mid-February, at latest.
Those structures, housing 48 mostly two-bedroom apartments, had been
due for completion this month.
We had a very tight building programme, but you dont want to
compromise quality just to get something done, local Aedifice
Queenstown Ltd partner Tim Medland says.
After the roof didnt go on by the end of May, his company and builder
Hawkins Construction put our hands in our pockets to get us through
winter with a temporary roof.
Medlands aware some people are surprised how high the buildings are
compared with others nearby.
I think the height was a bit exaggerated by the false roof that we put
on [both buildings].
Once the scaffolding comes down, that will really be the test.
But its actually not that high [about 13.5m], and in Queenstown,
especially, weve got to get used to going up, not out.
The units have been pre-sold mainly to Kiwi buyers, mostly for between
$700,000 and $800,000 plus GST.
Were certain that the size of these apartments, 50 to 90sqm, is what
Queenstown needs going forward.
Medland has heard that owners will let them out for short-term visitor
La Residence du Parc sits in a unique rural visitor zone, so this
activitys catered for, as of right.
Units in the top two floors will be sought after due to their fabulous
views, he suggests.
Having probably 200 visitors staying when its full will boost nearby food
and beverage operators, he adds.
The development also incorporates 11 sections.
One, by Arthurs Point Road, will be used for a bakery/cafe, while the
others, overlooking the Shotover River, will have homes built on them.
Titles will be available, at the latest, in the first week in December.
Three or four houses should start construction late January/early
Medland says there are design guidelines to make sure there are no
monstrosities built, and that they go with the architecture across the
He reveals hes received council approval to call his address Powder
Terrace, which is based on the fact that were right next door to
Coronet Peak [skifield].
Youll be first on the ski lift when youve got an apartment there.
La Residence du Parc is also the southern hemispheres largest multi-
storey building to be built with an energy-efficient, insulated concrete
block system called Nudura.
It took the builders a little while to get used to a new product, but
once they were into it, they were away with it, Medland says.
Source: Mountain Scene
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