Flushed with success

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They cost twice their original budget but the Frankton toilets and bus stop are in the running for national honours. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Frankton super-loos join a Glenorchy recreation facility and three of the Wakatipu’s classiest new homes as category winners in the 2010 Southern Architecture Awards. 

Southern Awards judges – including Queenstown architect Michael Wyatt – waxed lyrical over Frankton’s flash dunnies. 

The luxury lavs in the “flagship facility…earn the well-deserved respect of users”, they say. 

“Lichen-coloured doors provide an engaging entry to generous cubicles – clean, light and airy.” 

Mary Jowett, the local architect who designed the complex, is suitably pleased. 

“I’m really proud – even though it’s small, it’s also a really public building. Being located on the main entry into Queenstown from the airport and south, the building is extensively used.” 

Client QLDC came in for some flak over the cost. 

Originally budgeted at $350,000, the final cost for the bus shelter and six unisex cubicles with baby-change tables, under-floor heating, mirrors and stainless-steel fittings came to around $700,000. 

The loos average a total of 350 users daily. 

All category winners go through to the New Zealand Architecture Awards early next year.