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'Pop in': Paul Burnaby, from Lakeview consortium partner Ninety Four Feet, at the development's new pop-up gallery in Beach St

By PHILIP CHANDLER

The consortium behind Queenstown’s massive Lakeview precinct project has opened a pop-up gallery in the CBD.

Melbourne-based Ninety Four Feet and Auckland investment firm Augusta Capital were last year chosen by Queenstown’s council to develop the 10-hectare site between Man and Thompson streets and the Ben Lomond scenic reserve, formerly occupied by motorpark cabins.

‘‘We’ve got to a point with the masterplan where we think people might be interested in what’s actually being planned there,’’ Ninety Four Feet Property Development & Construction’s New Zealand general manager Paul Burnaby says.

The first two of seven planned stages will be high-rise residential — a mixture of apartments and a co-living product.

The latter, he says, will suit short-term workers who can rent month-by-month.

Eventually there’ll be about 1500 people in the precinct in a mix of residents and visitors.

However, only about three hectares will be developed, Burnaby says — ‘‘roughly half of it’s in reserves’’.

Lakeview’s also touted as NZ’s first carbon-neutral precinct, achieved in good part by using mass timber construction.

The pop-up gallery includes landscape photos.

Burnaby: ‘‘The design inspiration is coming from the ecology and heritage of the area.

‘‘That’s what our architects are drawing on to make sure Lakeview is very much part of the environment of Queenstown.’’

Gallery visitors can also watch a five-minute video on the vision behind Lakeview.

Burnaby stresses it’s still a few years away till the first sod is turned.

Council’s meantime undertaking extensive infrastructure work.

The pop-up space, at 45 Beach Street, is open from Monday till Friday, 10am till noon, and 2 till 5pm, extending to 7pm on Thursdays.

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