Skyline unveils $26m redevelopment

An artist’s impression of the O’Connell’s Pavilion redevelopment in Queenstown. Image: Supplied

Skyline Enterprises has unveiled concept plans for its proposed $26m redevelopment of O’Connell’s Pavillion shopping centre in Queenstown.

The 29-year-old building on Camp Street in the resort’s central business district is to have a new structural frame added around part of its exterior, giving the mall a new appearance. The building would be also seismically strengthened.

Mark Quickfall

“This is a significant project which, when complete, will result in a landmark building for central Queenstown,” said Skyline’s executive chairman, Mark Quickfall.

“We envision an attractive, eye-catching building that is a destination in its own right – but also significantly improving the quality of the public areas and general customer experience. We want the new O’Connell’s Pavilion to reflect that it’s a great place to do business in downtown Queenstown.”

The existing building already meets seismic standards but Skyline said the redevelopment would help ensure the structure could withstand a significant earthquake event.

All tenants at the outlet have been informed of the redevelopment.

“We’re consulting individually with tenants throughout this process and we’re inviting informal feedback about our concept,” said Alastair Clifford, manager of Skyline Properties.

“Our concept has concentrated on the building’s exterior, with more detailed work on the interior to be advanced over the coming months. Plans are still conceptual and our designs require further work before it can be submitted to council for consent.”

The concept plans have been designed by Queenstown architect Preston Stevens of McAuliffe Stevens.

Skyline said it would lodge a building consent application in the New Year followed by a resource consent application. Construction is expected to begin in May 2019 with the building completed in late 2020.

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