April, 2020A developers continuing with excavation and retaining works for a $22
million, six-star boutique hotel in central Queenstown post-lockdown.
Developer Kevin Carlin says hes got Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment consent for his Hallenstein Street site as the works are
considered essential to stabilise a steep hillside.
Our engineers wrote a report stating they thought it was prudent to
keep going so the hillside does not slip in the event of a flash flood or
minor earthquake, and the government agreed we should continue.
Contractors on site have a copy of both this consent and a police
clearance letter after the local council and cops queried why work was
still going on, Carlin says.
He explains the retaining structure for Queenstown Views Villa
comprises three five-metre-high retaining walls stepped into the
We will apply to keep going as far as the foundation because it helps
hold up the walls, so theres a good three months of work.
Carlin still hopes to open his 10-villa hotel, sleeping up to 50 people, in
the third quarter of next year.
He says if he were building a three- or four-star hotel, hed stop.
But hes confident his timing will be right to open a six-star hotel in the
second half of next year, by when a Covid-19 vaccines expected to be
The beauty of five-star-plus is our clientele can still afford to travel
after this [pandemic].
Im actually working with private jet charter services to bring guests
from America and further afield, because the large airlines may not be
fully on board late next year.
He says for health reasons, during construction, workers will have their
temperatures checked on arriving on site and will have to wear face
masks, safety glasses and gloves, while theyll also be isolated in
separate under-construction rooms, like bedrooms and bathrooms, for
Carlin says he and his business partner have decided its not the time to
sell off any villas, so theyll retain both the property and the
He believes theyre also secure as theyre using cash, rather than a
bank loan, to fund their development.
Hes also planning to fund for $247,000 the cost of undergrounding
the powerlines in front of the hotel.
I do not want our name to be joked at as being Powerline Views, we
want it to be Queenstown Views.
Digging still allowed: Excavation work underway on a Hallenstein Street
Meanwhile, Carlins also hoping his other CBD project, a 61-room, $70m
high-end hotel, on the corner of Man and Brecon Sts, can also open, as
planned, at the end of next year.
He sold down this site, in late 2018, to Augusta Capital, but retained a
50 per cent stake and is also the projects development consultant.
Though this projects on hold during the lockdown, Carlins hopeful the
construction process can be speeded up when work resumes.
We propose that construction [in New Zealand] could continue in a
partial economic shutdown.
Not every industry needs to suffer, and the economy needs some
people going to work and paying taxes.
Source: Mountain Scene
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