Stunning addition to Remarkables Park
Located in Queenstown’s geographic urban centre, Remarkables Park’s 150ha resort, town centre, and mixed-used development is undergoing its most intensive phase of development yet.
Seven projects are underway, including the recently completed Remarkables House, a new landmark office building centrally located on the recently opened arterial road, Hawthorne Drive.
The striking Remarkables House is an 18 metre tall building featuring a 250-panel sliverblue glass curtain wall.
It signals a new phase of expansion and a contemporary direction for Remarkables Park development.
The main building features a steel frame superstructure with five concrete panels with large planter box bases to integrate green walls between its glass panels.
A large fourth floor balcony leading off a substantial boardroom and lounge provides a stunning entertaining space and is serviced by an adjacent high specification kitchen.
The engineers, the glazing contractor and an independent energy efficiency consultant all played a part in determining the optimal combination of glass to provide 300 degree mountain and lake views within a space that meets the challenges of Queenstown’s summer and winter environments.
Completed in May 2017 and designed by Dunedin’s award-winning architects Mason & Wales, Remarkables House is already almost fully tenanted and will be home to 12 business and more than 100 staff.
Visitors to the building are greeted by James Wright’s elegant ‘Hoka’ sculpture; four birds soaring above its future landscaped green lawn.
“Our new showroom brings our master plan to life in front of investors’ eyes within a few paces of our boardroom,” says Alastair Porter, chief executive of Remarkables Park Limited.
“Our team love their new environment and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the landscaping which we’ve carefully planned taking shape once spring growth begins.
“Our design philosophy is to complement stunning architecture with great landscaping,” says Alastair.
Remarkables Park itself combines exceptional natural landscapes and 2km of river frontage with dynamic urban design to provide a multi-use resort destination with visitor accommodation, retail, entertainment, recreation, sports, residential as well as planned and consented conferencing facilities.
The existing retail centre featuring strong Central Otago architectural character and colourful landscaping opened its first store, New World, in mid 1999.
Today Remarkables Park Town Centre attracts in excess of three million visitors a year.
This, combined with the adjacent Southern Institute of Technology Campus, student
accommodation, large daycare centre, thriving Remarkables Market and 8500sqm indoor entertainment precinct creates what has become Queenstown’s ‘twin town centre’.
At the long-awaited opening of the Eastern Arterial Road (now called Hawthorne Drive) on June 22, Remarkables Park directors Alastair, John, and Neville Porter were credited for their long-term vision almost 30 years ago which outlined plans to transform a greenfields area into an appealing place to live, work, play, study, and visit.
The brothers and hundreds of Queenstown businesses were delighted to see this new major Queenstown arterial route finally open.
It will connect over 120 Remarkables Park businesses, Queenstown Airport, and the new Wakatipu High School at Frankton to State Highway 6 and to large residential suburbs to the east.
Alastair Porter says interest in hotel sites has been strong for quite some time and the unprecedented tourism boom will continue driving this.
Remarkables Park is Queenstown’s largest zoned greenfield hotel development site with the potential for up to 2000 hotel rooms.
“The Ramada opened this time last year and has had very high occupancy rates in its first 12 month of trading,” says Alastair.
“Two more Wyndham Hotel properties are under construction, which will open in April 2018 and add 187 new beds to Queenstown’s visitor accommodation pool.”