One of the Queenstown region’s longest-established development companies has been granted resource consent for its convention centre.
The Queenstown Convention Centre, a project led by master planner and tourism infrastructure developer Remarkables Park Ltd, was approved by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
To be located on Mountain Ash Drive, immediately adjacent to the Remarkables Park Town Centre, the convention facility has been designed for a potential staged construction so it can be built to match demand.
Stage I, with a total area of 2,560m², will be large enough to accommodate 700 plenary delegates and 500 banqueting in adjacent areas of the main hall, without the need to breakdown and re-set between day and night functions. When used for conferencing alone the main hall will have capacity for up to 1,400 delegates. The facility includes a separate foyer and exhibition spaces, both of which will be ideal for cocktail receptions or smaller functions.
Stage II would enable all capacities to increase by 60%, plus more breakout spaces, still leaving room on the site for further expansion in the future.
Alastair Porter, Remarkables Park Ltd Chief Executive, said the organisation was very pleased to have received consent for the convention centre.
In addition, he said “the appeal of the Queenstown Convention Centre will be further enhanced by two adjacent ovals which will provide outside space for exhibitions, and extended capacity under tent structures for exceptionally large events.”
“We’re now talking with potential operators, and with one very strong party in particular. We are also talking to parties interested in hotels on either side of the Convention Centre; discussions include what complementary facilities they can provide and funding contribution. We are planning a detailed case to present to the Government to see whether they are willing to consider making a minor contribution to a potential Public Private Partnership.”
It’s anticipated those discussions may lead to some fine-tuning of the design and facilities.
“In the meantime we are finalising a large roading contract with Fulton Hogan for this summer, which includes providing access for the Convention Centre. We hope building construction can start in 2017, so the facility can open by late 2018.
“We’re confident the facility provides both a very functional and cost effective design, as well as a striking external appearance, and that it will serve all of the Queenstown Lakes District well for many years,” Mr Porter added.