The now demolished World Bar was extensively damaged by
fire a year ago. Photo from ODT files
Confirming development rights is the first step to
re-establishing a building and activity on the World Bar site,
an existing use rights certificate application says.
A year ago this month the now demolished World Bar was
extensively damaged by fire and now the building's owner,
BoydCorp Finance Ltd, has applied to the Queenstown Lakes
District Council for an existing use rights certificate for
the bar and associated tenancies.
Company director Dave Boyd said the application was just to
reserve the previous rights and an actual resource consent
application would likely follow when a building design had
been decided upon.
''There are several options that are on the table at the
moment,'' Mr Boyd said.
When asked whether the World Bar would be a tenant in the new
building, he said ''that's one possible outcome''.
''It's not set in stone.''
He said there was no definite time frame for a new building's
The fire started in the Fat Badgers Pizza kitchen on the
ground floor and was caused by thermostat capillary tubes on
a deep fat vat fryer not being submerged in oil, thus not
being able to control the temperature of the oil.
A staff member at the pizza restaurant tried to put out the
fire with a borrowed extinguisher from the World Bar, as the
restaurant had used its extinguishers to put out a fire three
days earlier. When this appeared to aggravate the fire, a
fire blanket was used, also unsuccessfully. The fire spread
upstairs to the nightclub via a fume-extracting system.
After being left in its burnt-out state since May, the
building was demolished in November as it was considered
''damaged beyond repair'', the application said.
The application asked that the activities which had been on
the site before the fire be confirmed.
Before the fire, the World Bar, a licensed restaurant, bar
and nightclub, occupied the first floor and part of the
ground floor, while the remaining ground floor was divided
into three tenancies. One was used for storage by World Bar.
The others were for Quest, an adventure sports equipment
retailing and hiring company, and Fat Badgers Pizza Bar and
The World Bar was first established on the site in 1996 and
was progressively developed to include a restaurant, two
separate bars, a patio and dance floor.
A council spokesman said an existing use rights certificate
could be applied for when an activity or building was once a
permitted activity, but subsequently a rule in a district
plan had come in, meaning a resource consent was now
Boydcorp Finance Ltd has applied to the council for an
existing use certificate on the basis that when the building
was constructed it was a permitted activity.
The existing use right can only be used if the proposed
building and activities are the same or similar in scale,
character and intensity.
Boydcorp Finance Ltd would need to apply for a resource
consent for any building it wished to construct that did not
comply with the existing use certificate.