Queenstown will get the modern, 21st century shopping mall it deserves, owner Skyline Enterprises says.
The tourism giant’s property manager, Alastair Clifford, says after three years of intensive planning, work’s about to start on a $26 million redevelopment that will “revitalise the building inside and out”.
With a “stunning” design by local McAuliffe Stevens architect Preston Stevens, each of the 4000 square metre building’s four floors will be modified for a mix of retail and commercial spaces, as well as keeping the ground floor food hall, Clifford says.
Local and international brands are expected to take up new tenancies when it re-opens, scheduled for November next year, while some food hall operators are expected to be offshoots of existing local businesses.
“We’re sure this will be a focal point and also a primary shopping destination for Queenstowners and visitors for the next 30 years, and beyond.”
The existing tenants, who have until next Friday to move out, accept it’s time for the upgrade, he says.
“They’re sad to leave, obviously, but they know the building has reached the end of this stage of its life.”
Site hoardings along Camp Street and Upper Beach St will go up in a couple of weeks, while a container walkway on the Camp St frontage will ensure the public’s protected from potential construction hazards.
Vehicle access to Cow Lane from Camp St will close for most of the construction period, although access to lower Cow Lane from Beach St will continue. Pedestrian access along the lane will be maintained via a container walkway.
Construction work will be confined to 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
The redevelopment is Skyline’s second major commercial building project in central Queenstown in recent years.
It opened the iconic Eichardt’s Building on Marine Parade in 2016.