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Plans finalised for major community precinct

Date: September 23rd, 2019

Monday, 23 September 2019, 1:46 pm
Press Release: Remarkables Park
Media Release from Remarkables Park Ltd

Plans finalised for major community precinct at Remarkables Park, Queenstown

A multi-generational community precinct has been announced today for Remarkables Park, Queenstown’s fast-growing commercial, visitor accommodation and residential district.

Community precinct plans show a wide range of facilities coming to Remarkables Park

Remarkables Park Limited said detailed plans had been finalised for a centrally-located community precinct to include a medical clinic, retirement village, a major new Salvation Army centre, a community centre, adjacent recreation park, and a further kindergarten and student tuition building.

The community precinct is immediately south of Wakatipu High School and extends from Red Oaks Drive through to Mountain Ash Drive.

Remarkables Park Ltd executive chairman Alastair Porter said the geographically-central approximately 4.5 hectare precinct was within the urban boundaries of the Shotover and Kawarau bridges. Its close proximity to the bulk of the Queenstown population made it a “socially and economically desirable” location.

The multi-storey Queenstown Clinic is designed to house a wide range of facilities including a General Practice doctors, a pharmacy, café, physio and sports rehabilitation facilities, Skin Institute Queenstown, a dental surgery, ophthalmology centre, and patient visitor accommodation.

The Pacific Radiology MRI unit, currently housed in a nearby relocatable building, will be able to move into the ground floor of the Queenstown Clinic.

The top floor of the clinic has been designed to accommodate a private hospital facility. Following a decision by Southern Cross to build outside the urban boundaries, Remarkables Park Ltd (RPL) says it is in discussion with other parties for this facility.

Mr Porter said that, as a large scale developer with centrally-located land outside the airport’s noise boundaries, RPL believed it was also a “responsible approach” to hold land aside within the planned community precinct for future consideration for hospital expansion facilities to service Queenstown in the long term.

A large, vertical retirement village with space for up to five tower blocks, all with exceptional views, is planned as part of the community precinct. It will feature a pool, exercise facilities and other desirable retirement amenities.

The approved two-storey Salvation Army building will house a large shop, offices, meeting rooms and a congregation area downstairs, with more office and administration space upstairs. Building is expected to start in 2020.

The clinic is ready to go to the Queenstown Lakes District Council Design Review Board in October and the retirement village, kindergarten and tuition centre are all in design stages.

“It’s important to note that this precinct is designed as a cluster of co-located key community facilities in an area that is already fully-zoned for this purpose,” said Mr Porter.

“In the case of a major civil defence emergency it’s also in very close proximity to the airport, fire services, the existing hospital, the Events Centre, the High School and Remarkables Primary School, and close to where the conference centre is being built.”

A Queenstown Trails Trust bike and walking trail bordering the north side of the community precinct will connect the precinct to Remarkables Park’s Market Street, and to the Kawarau riverbank trails and further high-density residential to the north.

Mr Porter has been working on the Queenstown Clinic and community centre plans with Skin Institute Queenstown director Dr Hans Raetz.

“We’ve been working on this for a long time and I’m delighted that we are finally at the stage where it is ready to go,” said Dr Raetz.

“It’s the perfect location, extremely centrally located, and great to be clustering medical facilities alongside other major community hubs such as schools, a community centre and other care organisations, high-density residential and the Remarkables Park Town Centre.”

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Remarks Park’s ‘apartment alley’

Date: June 10th, 2019

Published by Scoop – Scene.co.nz June 10, 2019

Next on the block is a $30 million-plus complex comprising a 40-room four-and-a-half star Quest hotel on two levels. Above will be three levels of 29 two- and three-bedroom residential units, called Nevis Apartments.

A marketing campaign for 24 of those units launched this week.

Opposite Wakatipu High, the Red Oaks Drive building is next to Safari Group’s Wyndham Garden, which opened with 75 serviced apartments and 55 residential units last year.

Safari Group’s Ramada hotel, which opened three years ago, is around the corner, while the company’s also planning a Ramada Kawarau River complex – 87 serviced apartments and 97 residential units – nearby.

Also close by, a Chinese company is proposing a five-storey, 182-room hotel called Lakeview Gardens.

And slated for the corner of Red Oaks Dr and Mountain Ash Dr are four- and five-star hotels and Horizons Residences – 149 spacious apartments.

Meanwhile, New Ground Capital is building Toro Apartments – 230 units designed as workers’ accommodation – across three high-rises below Remarkables Park Town Centre.

Like the developers behind these other complexes, Queenstowner John Eckhold and Dunedin’s Carl Angus, directors of Tingo 41 Ltd, are building at Remarkables Park as it’s a sunny, flat location in the fast-growing Frankton Flats hub, close to the airport and Remarkables Park’s shopping centre and other retail, and handy to public transport and the eastern access road.

Critically, this area’s also close to the conference centre and gondola to The Remarkables skifield proposed by Remarkables Park’s Porter brothers.

Tall buildings in this area afford stunning views, too.

The location’s “extremely strategic”, Eckhold says.

Like many other Remarkables Park buildings, theirs has also been designed by Dunedin’s Mason & Wales Architects.

Nevis Apartments: A stunning view from a residential unit
Eckhold’s hoping construction will start in August/September for completion by the end of next year.

They’ve engaged Envision Eighty20 Ltd as project managers after their original choice, Arrow International, went into voluntary administration.

To ensure the top floors remain residential, tenants have to rent for at least three months.

Eckhold: “We just think it’s a far better idea to restrict it to just longer-term rentals.

“You get the situation in most of these other apartment complexes where you’ve got permanent residents living alongside Airbnb [visitors], so every three or four days a new lot comes in and it’s ‘party central’.”

He thinks the units will attract a mix of rental investors and owner-occupiers.

Bayleys Queenstown and Bayleys’ Auckland-based projects team are marketing 24 of the units – two have sold already while the developers are retaining three.

The two-bedroom units are priced from $749,000 and the three-bedders – for which dual key access is available – are selling from $1,079,000.

Local Bayleys executive director Stacy Coburn thinks the units will especially appeal to Auckland and Australian investors, “and there’ll be some regional interest”.

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Chinese investors plan new Holiday Inn for Remarkables Park in Queenstown

Date: May 1st, 2019

By Marta Steeman – originally published for Stuff.co.nz
May 01 2019.

An illustration of the planned new hotel, Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, whose owners are Chinese investors QLong Investments, who tried and then withdraw an application to buy beef and sheep property Jericho Station in Southland.
An illustration of the planned new hotel, Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, whose owners are Chinese investors QLong Investments, who tried and then withdraw an application to buy beef and sheep property Jericho Station in Southland.
Chinese investors who backed off buying a large South Island farm are planning a new 182-room hotel in Remarkables Park in Queenstown to be run by the world’s largest hotel operators IHG.

IHG announced it is set to open a Holiday Inn at Remarkables Park in Queenstown in two years, its second Holiday Inn in Queenstown, following it signing an agreement with QLong Investments, the hotel’s owners, to run the new hotel.

The announcement comes amid a burgeoning number of hotel rooms being planned and under construction in the tourist mecca.

Qlong Investments, formerly Qianlong Farms, bid in 2017 to buy 1359-hectare sheep and beef farm Jericho Station, near Manapouri in Southland, from state-owned farmer Landcorp with a $8.7 million offer, accepted by Landcorp.

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Holiday Inn Express under construction in central Queenstown will open in 2020, international hotel operators IHG said.

Holiday Inn Express under construction in central Queenstown will open in 2020, international hotel operators IHG said.
Qianlong did not apply for Overseas Investment Office approval for a few months after its bid was accepted, and later decided to withdraw its application. The farm was sold to a local buyer, Ed Pinckney.

The new hotel is the first in New Zealand for QLong Investments. IHG said it would open in early 2021.

The Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park would be a flagship for Holiday Inn in New Zealand, a few minutes drive from Queenstown Airport and close to the Remarkables Ski Field. It would feature all-day dining and bar venue, large meeting facilities and a gym, IHG said. The other Holiday Inn in Queenstown is in Frankton.

Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s senior director of development , Australasia, said the company was focusing on growing its brands in regional areas.

“Our existing hotels in Queenstown are performing extremely well, and this new Holiday Inn will complement them perfectly, along with the upcoming Holiday Inn Express which will open in 2020.”

Yigang Wang, a director of QLong Investments, said Queenstown was a tourism mecca for international and local visitors.

“We expect this momentum to continue, and are confident that Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park will contribute to that success. “
​Sheng Du, the owner of QLong Investments, said: “QLong owns hotels and apartments in USA and China, is excited to be expanding our portfolio into New Zealand, and Queenstown which is such a favourite with tourists from around the world.”

Recently Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts warned hoteliers all over New Zealand were facing a period of uncertainty.

An increase in the minimum wage, the growing number of Airbnb properties and slowing tourism growth were contributing to the issue.

The average occupancy of Queenstown hotels dropped to 81 per cent in the last year, down from 83 per cent a year earlier, he said.

In 2019 the average room rates had also started falling.

“It looks like we’ve gone past the peak growth and are coming down the other side,” Roberts said.

Hundreds of new hotel beds were under construction or being proposed for Queenstown, including the Holiday Inn Express under construction in the town centre, a 131-room Ramada Queenstown across the road, and a 400-room hotel on Gorge Rd.

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Exciting New Businesses open at The Landing, Queenstown

Date: August 10th, 2018

Shopping hub The Landing, Queenstown is getting makeup and bling.
Two new businesses are moving into the Frankton retail complex – EVE Beauty and Vu Jewellers.
Makeup artist Genevieve Silcock moved to the resort from Auckland three years ago and established EVE Makeup Artistry as a mobile business servicing the wedding industry. With two makeup artists doing about 750 makeup services a year, the business has been running at full capacity for the past 18 months. Silcock’s looking to expand, so will open a salon at The Landing next month while continuing the mobile service.
“Opening a salon at The Landing will enables us to grow our local clientele with a much larger range of treatments on offer, from manicures and pedicures to waxing, spray tans, eyelash extensions, makeup and makeup lessons. ” There will be five staff in the salon meaning “sometime in the future I might be able to take a day off!”

Meanwhile Vu Jewellers is set to open in September, a sister company to Queenstown’s long established Goldfields Jewellers. It will feature a full jewellery workshop in-store to design, make and repair jewellery.
Business owners Anna and Trond Johansson and Claire Antill delight in taking old, unused or inherited jewellery and turning it into unique modern designs. “We specialise in everything from modern takes on classic diamond rings to contemporary wearable art.” Antill says. They’ll also offer valuations, repairs and full servicing for jewellery and watches.

Paul Taylor – Mountain Scene

Rich Bayley Photography

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Frankton housing complex sets new benchmark

Date: June 30th, 2018

What’s claimed to be Queenstown’s lowest-price new freehold dwellings are on the market.

The first units for sale at New Ground Capital’s Toru development at Frankton’s Remarkables Park are 28 apartments on the top three floors of the first building, Toru East.
Prices range from $495,000 for one-bedroom, 49 square metre apartments to $819,000 for the dearest three­ bedroom units.
Altogether the complex, on which earthworks in April 2018, comprises 230 apartments spread across three six- to seven-level buildings.
The 50 units on the Lower Toru East Levels have been bought by the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust to assist households on its long waiting list.
Local Colliers International sales consultant Fred Bramwell expects the first 28 units will attract both first­home buyers and investors. 
“There’ll be a chunk of people who are trying to get into their first home who can’t stretch to $800,000.”
Bramwell says out-of-towners wanting to house their kids while they get schooling nearby could also be attracted.
He believes a selling point is the stunning views from the upper levels, assisted by large picture windows.
NGC managing director Roy Thompson says: “There is a severe shortage of affordable housing and long-term rentals in the district, partly because there are almost no high-density developments here yet.
“Toru is part of the solution – an innovative development that caters for both sectors of the market, with enough scale to keep the prices affordable whilst still delivering high-quality apartments.”
Architecturally designed, Toru’s been inspired by chalet design and the local vernacular.
Upstairs units offer open-plan living opening onto 4.6sqm balconies.
Its estimated body corporate fees will range from $2182 to $4016 a year. Each unit has an allocated covered or uncovered carpark.
Apartments are unfurnished, though NGC will have furniture package options.
Construction’s due to start on Toru East in Spring 2018 for completion by October 2019. Toru Central, due for completion in March 2020, is being kept by the developer as long-term rental stock, while Toru West’s 72 apartments will be offered to the market at a later date.

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Vū Jewellers

Date: June 29th, 2018

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Eve Beauty

Date: May 25th, 2018

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Date: May 25th, 2018

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Wakatipu High School already planning expansion

Date: April 13th, 2018

Planning has already started for the expansion of the new Wakatipu High School, which is fully open and operational.
School principal Steve Hall said the first meeting to discuss stage two of the project, increasing capacity from 1200 to 1800 pupils, was held on December 20. A further, full-day workshop on the expansion was held on Wednesday.

“The rate at which we’re growing … it’s possible we could be full by mid-2020,” Mr Hall said.

“All the parties involved know we need to get on, because design and sign-off and build … take a few years, so that’s why the ministry and others involved are really getting this process moving.”

Mr Hall said the initial design phase was likely to take most of this year.

Ministry of Education head of infrastructure services Kim Shannon said the ministry was in the “very early stages” of design work, and details of the budget and time-frame for the build were not yet available.

“We know there is a need for more classrooms to accommodate secondary aged students in the Wakatipu Basin area in the next five to 10 years,” Ms Shannon said.

“That’s why we are working with Wakatipu High School to potentially expand the school to provide for another 600 students.”

The build alone for the new two-storey, 10,000sqm school, cost more than $50million and was built in a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Education and consortium Future Schools Partners.

Wakatipu High is one of four schools being built in the $298million PPP – the consortium is responsible for designing, financing, building and maintaining the school property.

Mr Hall said he would have a clearer picture of the opening day enrolment numbers next week, but the Otago Daily Times has previously reported the starting roll was expected to be about 980.

The first pupils would arrive on February 1 and 2 for orientation, he said.

“You have this very different situation where all your returning students don’t know their way around the place. So, we’re bringing them in and they’re just coming in for a couple of hours and we’ll run through some explanations, tell them a bit about the new school and then give them a tour and show them around.”

The full school would open for business on February 7.

Mr Hall said the move had gone “very, very well”.

“It’s a pretty monumental undertaking to pick up a whole organisation and move it to a new physical environment on the other side of town.

Staff spent most of October and November sorting out what needed to taken to the new site.

Movers arrived in December to start the pack up and the physical move began between Christmas and New Year, with some large items, like lathes and hoists, still to be shifted.

The first staff arrived at the new site on January 3 to oversee the unpack “and now it’s over to us”.

“It’s been incredible, absolutely incredible.

“The building’s amazing, the location’s amazing and it’s inspirational and it’s quite something.

(originally published on stuff.co.nz)

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