Armadillo: An artist's impression of the Sudima Queenstown hotel from Grant Rd

Work’s started on the 120-room Sudima Queenstown hotel on a landmark site at the entrance to Frankton’s Five Mile shopping centre, off State Highway 6.

Designed by local firm JCY Architects, the four-storey building’s being built by Naylor Love for Five Mile developer Clearmont Group.

Clearmont director Craig Greenwood says they’re “delighted” ground work’s under way after more than four years of planning.

The 4.5-star hotel will have a restaurant and bar, four meeting and conference rooms, and 2700 square metres of ground-floor retail space.

Going up: Sudima Queenstown hotel from State Highway 6

Opening is slated for the 2021-22 summer.

Sudima Hotels, which is owned by Auckland entrepreneur and property investor Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, already operates four hotels in New Zealand, and plans to open two more, in Auckland and Kaikoura, next summer.