Latest: Fletcher Building secures acute health services project, Jasmax trio win urban design competition, Force sells theatre centre to Doole, revamped WestCity opens, “tentative” OK for Sky City’s convention centre, Australasian Property trying to buy something, Ariadne selldown.
8 July 2001
Auckland Healthcare has awarded the $180 million contract to build a new acute services block at Grafton to Fletcher Building Ltd, which had been working in a preferred contractor role for the previous 18 months to complete design development.
Jasmax architects Euan MacKellar, Marko den Breems and Kendon McGrail were named joint winners of an urban design competition, Perfect Worlds, sponsored by Auckland City Council, the Institute of Architects and Fletcher Building Ltd. Commended were Tracey Ogden, a North Shore City Council urban designer, and Christophe Barkalaya, an Auckland University architecture student. The competition sought proposals for intensive residential and mixed-use buildings integrated with transport and social networks, on one of three sites — Lion Breweries in Khyber Pass, a Housing NZ complex opposite Motat and Panmure’s Clifton Court. All the winners chose the brewery site.
6 July 2001
Force Cinemas Ltd entered an unconditional agreement on Thursday to sell the St James Centre — the block of three former cinemas and retail space opposite the Force Entertainment Centre on Queen St — to developer Paul Doole for $8.5 million. A $500,000 deposit has been paid, with settlement due on 31 July. Force Cinemas is a joint venture between Force Corporation Ltd, now owned by Sky City Ltd, and Village Roadshow Cinemas. Before the takeover of Force, the company got resource consent to enable major development of the site, including a 30-storey tower round the St James, with the other old cinemas, the Regent and West End, being demolished. Force expects to get about $4 million of net proceeds.
5 July 2001
Westfield NZ Ltd officially opens its revamped Westfield Shoppingtown WestCity in Waitakere City this morning, starting early with a Maori blessing. The $80 million project took 16 months and increased the centre from 16,000mÂ² to 28,500mÂ². The number of specialty retailers rose from 92 to more than 130. Westfield NZ director John Widdup said the Sydney-based mall specialist, which took over the St Lukes Group, was “set to redefine this country’s retail and leisure experiences.” At WestCity it has introduced its entertainment and lifestyle precinct design, “The Street,” it has an eight-screen Village Force cinema complex with stadium seating and digital sound, and it has a bowling alley.
4 July 2001
The Casino Control Authority has “tentatively” agreed to Sky City Ltd’s proposed 2500mÂ² conference centre across Federal St from the existing Sky City casino, with the probable condition that the casino company formally set up a responsible gambling programme. Sky City has such a scheme of its won creation, though it didn’t have to when it gained its operating licence in 1994. The new five-storey conference centre will have a 1450mÂ² banquet room capable of seating 1000 people, and will have parking, shops and, it’s proposed, an airbridge to the existing casino building. Projected cost is $37 million for a 12-month construction timeframe. Another six months would be spent expanding the gaming area, putting 230 machines and 12 tables in the existing conference area.Sky City has extended its resource consent for the new centre between Albert and Federal Sts.
2 July 2001
Australasian Property Holdings Ltd, listed in New Zealand but with its assets at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, said it was investigating a major acquisition. Information on progress should be released by the end of July.
Ariadne Australia Ltd has an unconditional contract to sell its half share of the ANZ Centre in Brisbane to its partner, Selangor Properties Berhad, for $A38.63 million. Ariadne should get $A13 million net of debt at settlement on 20 July. Ariadne has also sold its interests in two Brisbane development sites.