December, 2020Skyline Enterprises is hoping to put its massive, multimillion-dollar
Queenstown gondola redevelopment out for tender by March or April
Skyline development general manager Steve McLean says the companys
spent a huge part of this year working on detailed design plans for the
project which will, eventually, see a new multi-storey carpark building
at the base, and a redeveloped upper complex, including a wrap-around
Steve says because the gondola hasnt been operating full-time this
year, contractors have been able to start excavating behind the existing
lower terminal, to create the building platform for the carpark.
The first stage of that work will hopefully be done by February and
then, subject to board sign-off, phase two will hopefully roll out
through next year.
But, as yet, theres no timeline for construction of the carpark itself.
Steve: Were working with our Skyline board on the sequencing of the
project there are a couple of commercial decisions to be made about
how much money to spend in what area and at what time. Were just
trying to work out when the best time is, financially, to build the
carpark, he says. Its a bit variable at the moment, but there are
some positive signs and there are some positive signs for Skyline and the
way forward with this project.
Meantime, Central Logging and Earthworks Ltds almost half-way
through a massive project to fell trees about 90 metres either side of
the existing gondola, to make room for the bigger replacement. Steve
says he hopes that work will be done and dusted by February.
Skylines got a contract with gondola supplier, Doppelmayer, and the
order will be confirmed as soon as the company has the project stages
The programme may change, just possibly extending (it) to make sure
it all sequences right, but&the project is still all go, he says. Were
very comfortable with where were at.
Source: Mountain Scene
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