Point blockbuster on point


The end’s in sight for the tallest building project at Queenstown’s Arthurs Point.

La Residence du Parc’s two four-storey buildings should be ready for occupation by mid-February, at latest.

Those structures, housing 48 mostly two-bedroom apartments, had been due for completion this month.

“We had a very tight building programme, but you don’t want to compromise quality just to get something done,” local Aedifice Queenstown Ltd partner Tim Medland says.

After the roof didn’t go on by the end of May, his company and builder Hawkins Construction “put our hands in our pockets to get us through winter with a temporary roof”.

Medland’s aware some people are surprised how high the buildings are compared with others nearby.

“I think the height was a bit exaggerated by the false roof that we put on [both buildings].

“Once the scaffolding comes down, that will really be the test.

“But it’s actually not that high [about 13.5m], and in Queenstown, especially, we’ve got to get used to going up, not out.”

The units have been pre-sold mainly to Kiwi buyers, mostly for between $700,000 and $800,000 plus GST.

“We’re certain that the size of these apartments, 50 to 90sqm, is what Queenstown needs going forward.”

Medland has heard that owners will let them out for short-term visitor accommodation.

La Residence du Parc sits in a unique ‘rural visitor’ zone, so this activity’s catered for, as of right.

Units in the top two floors will be sought after due to their fabulous views, he suggests.

Having probably 200 visitors staying when it’s full will boost nearby food and beverage operators, he adds.

The development also incorporates 11 sections.

One, by Arthurs Point Road, will be used for a bakery/cafe, while the others, overlooking the Shotover River, will have homes built on them.

“Titles will be available, at the latest, in the first week in December.

“Three or four houses should start construction late January/early February.”

Medland says there are design guidelines “to make sure there are no monstrosities built, and that they go with the architecture across the project.”

He reveals he’s received council approval to call his address ‘Powder Terrace’, “which is based on the fact that we’re right next door to Coronet Peak [skifield].

“You’ll be first on the ski lift when you’ve got an apartment there.”

La Residence du Parc is also the southern hemisphere’s largest multi-storey building to be built with an energy-efficient, insulated concrete block system called Nudura.

“It took the builders a little while to get used to a new product, but once they were into it, they were away with it,” Medland says.