Approval given for Skyline Enterprises' redevelopment

An artist's impression shows what Skyline Enterprises Ltd's redeveloped upper terminal at Bob's Peak will look like on completion. Images: Skyline Enterprises
An artist's impression shows what Skyline Enterprises Ltd's redeveloped upper terminal at Bob's Peak will look like on completion. Images: Skyline Enterprises
Skyline Enterprises Ltd has been granted consent to undertake one of the largest redevelopments in Queenstown's history.

The Environment Court has granted consent to the company for its behemoth multimillion-dollar project - now more than two years behind schedule - which will include an expansion of the company's upper complex at Bob's Peak, a new gondola system using 35 10-seat Doppelmayr cabins, a new lower terminal building in Brecon St and a five-storey, 449-space car park.

The company first announced plans for the redevelopment of the upper and base terminals and gondola in July 2016 and at that stage it was hoped work would have begun in April 2017 and be completed by last September.

The resource consent application had been referred directly to the Environment Court where the issue of the car park came to the fore.

The new lower gondola terminal and multi-storey car park in Brecon St in Queenstown.
The new lower gondola terminal and multi-storey car park in Brecon St in Queenstown.
Environment Court Judge John Hassan approved the car park building in December and has followed suit by now approving the larger development.

Skyline Queenstown general manager Wayne Rose said the company was thrilled and it was a fantastic result for the Queenstown community and New Zealand tourism industry.

''This project is vital to ensure we cater to the demand of our visitors, as well as providing a premium facility that Queenstown locals can use and enjoy.

''It will enable us to step into the future not only as one of New Zealand's most popular leisure facilities, but as one of the world's top leisure tourism attractions.''

Detailed planning was already under way to incorporate the conditions identified in the resource consent approval.

Pre-construction site works would begin in the next few months and the first construction activity was scheduled for later this year.

Skyline had worked closely with neighbouring businesses, particularly Kiwi Birdlife Park to minimise disruption to the kiwis and the park throughout the redevelopment.

Skyline Enterprises chairman Mark Quickfall could not be reached for comment yesterday afternoon but told the Otago Daily Times in May 2017 it was expected to take four years to complete the project.

tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

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