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Queenstown developers release Remarkables convention centre plans


Remarkables convention centreA newly-designed Queenstown convention centre at Remarkables Park could be open in 2018, says developer Remarkables Park Limited.

Remarkables Park Limited chief executive Alastair Porter said an earlier design consented in 2014 was revised for the "significantly improved location" across from the proposed Queenstown Gondola.

"The revised Convention Centre design by architects Mason & Wales is contemporary and striking. It draws The Remarkables mountains into the facility through tall floor to ceiling glass panels, and from the outside the glass will provide a dramatic reflection of the mountains,"  Remarkables Park Limited's CEO Alastair Porter said. 

The first stage of the two-part design was estimated to cost $25 million to $30m and was large enough to accommodate 700 plenary delegates and 500 banqueting in adjacent areas of the main hall.  

The main hall would have capacity for up to 1400 conference delegates.

Porter said consent would be ready "in a matter of weeks" and a consortium could potentially open the Centre in 2018.

The Remarkables Park design release comes as it was revealed the Queenstown Lakes District Council asked the Government for $16m towards its $52m convention centre design.

Council was looking for an overall external contribution of $26.7m, $16.2m "or more" from the Government.

The Lakeside design was on hold until funding could be secured. 

The development cost, design and construction, has been estimated at $52m to $60m. This envisages a centre, hot pools run by Ngai Tahu Tourism, a hotel and housing, with a proposed contribution from Queenstown residents - mostly commercial ratepayers - capped at $32.5m. 

The council has resolved to contribute up to $30.9m for design and construction and $1.5m in working capital, leaving a design and build shortfall of up to $27m.