February, 2019After two false starts, construction of Queenstowns first major
workforce accommodation is due to start in April.
New Ground Capitals building 230 units across three high-rises below
Franktons Remarkables Park Town Centre.
The company originally received consent for a 143-unit affordable
housing complex in central Queenstowns Gorge Road, but pulled the pin
due to rising construction costs caused by geotech problems.
By the end of 2017, it had consent for an alternative Remarkables Park
complex, Toru Apartments.
After civil works were completed in the third quarter of last year,
construction was due to start in the final quarter.
New Ground Capital boss Roy Thompson, however, says we were unable
to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement with its preferred
The companys now engaging with another builder whom its expecting
to sign a contract with.
Unfortunately with a project of this scale and complexity, you simply
have to be patient, especially in a small but very busy construction
market like Queenstown.
Better to take your time and get it right than to rush in.
Thompson says the total project cost is in the vicinity of $100 million.
The first building, underway in April with a completion date late next
year, is Toru East.
It comprises 78 one-, two- and three-bed units priced from $450,000.
Sixty have sold, including 50 to the Queenstown Lakes Community
Housing Trust for affordable housing.
Toru Central, comprising 80 self-contained one- and two-bed units, will
be retained by New Ground Living for rental to employers and
It will have co-living facilities like a roof terrace, commercial kitchen
and residents lounge.
Its due for completion in the first half of 2021.
Toru West, comprising 72 units and a cafe, will be offered to the market
or retained as rental units.
Its completion date is late 2021.
Large build-to-rent and affordable housing developments like this are
never easy to deliver, Thompson says.
But we are excited to be progressing, and very much looking forward
to delivering these fantastic apartments to their future residents and
tenants, and to be making a meaningful contribution to the Queenstown
His company hasnt actively sought leases from employers, pending
greater certainty on the completion date for Toru Central.
Despite that, we continue to field regular enquiries from employers
seeking accommodation options for their staff, including, for example, a
large national business this last week who are potentially looking for up
to 20 units.
Source: Mountain Scene
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