Development hit with a ‘fix it’

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The builder of a mega-new Queenstown shopping centre has been ordered by the local council to fix some problems.

The council’s issued a ‘Notice to Fix’ to nationwide firm Dominion Constructors Ltd.

It’s building the $100 million first stage of the Queenstown Central retail complex on the Frankton Flats.

Most of this stage – comprising about 45 tenants, including a Kmart department store, over four buildings – is due to open on October 4.

Council comms advisor Campbell Weal says: “Following concerns raised to us, we can confirm that the Queenstown Lakes District Council building services team has investigated and subsequently issued a ‘Notice to Fix’ to Dominion Constructors Ltd requiring them to remedy issues relating to the construction.

“Dominion is working to address this issue and cooperating with QLDC officers.”

Asked what those issues are, and whether they couldn’t have been picked up sooner, Weal says: “The situation is currently under investigation and until that investigation has concluded, no further comment will be made.”

However, Queenstown Central development manager Simon Holloway tells Mountain Scene: “As with any large construction project, items requiring rework are often identified, which in this case involves a panel junction to a localised area.

“Our contractor and engineers are working with council, and we do not anticipate any delay to the completion of the project.”

Dominion Constructors’ South Island construction director Grant Thomas say his team is well resourced to fix the elements identified by council officers.

He adds: “… our focus is on delivering a high-quality devel-opment that will be a valuable addition to Frankton and the whole Queenstown district.”

Stage one has about 10,000 square metres of retail space in four precincts – general merchandise, fresh food, quick-service restaurants and ‘Main Street’ – as well as about 4000sqm of office space.

As well as Kmart’s highly-anticipated 4000sqm store, tenants include Antidote Pharmacy, Kiwibank, Sal’s Pizza, Brumby’s Bakery, Love Chicken, Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees.

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