One Market Square.

Hotel proposal unveiled for Simunovich site on Viaduct

Viaduct Harbour Holdings Ltd unveiled plans yesterday for a luxury hotel to replace the Simunovich Fisheries building at One Market Square – on the Viaduct Basin and across the water from Fu Wah International Group’s Park Hyatt Hotel rising in the Wynyard Quarter.

Colliers has been appointed to undertake a global search for a development partner. Its international expressions of interest campaign will close on Tuesday 2 May.

The proposed 165-room hotel would have a 12,000m² floor area on 12 floors on a 1288m² footprint, and a rooftop bar.

One Market Square on the Viaduct Basin cbd towers to left & right in the background.

Viaduct Harbour Holdings chief executive Angela Bull said the company would make the preliminary design by Warren & Mahoney available to the successful development partner, and the development partnership model would keep the waterfront site in New Zealand ownership.

Ms Bull said the Market Square site was exceptional, directly facing the harbour on 2 sides and offering stunning views of Auckland.

“Viaduct Harbour is an outstanding lifestyle precinct in Auckland with unrivalled access to the water, quality restaurants, apartments & an international marina. One Market Square is perfectly positioned for a world-class hotel that will add to the vibrancy & attractiveness of the precinct.”

Colliers national hotels director Dean Humphries said the surge in visitor arrivals in recent years had led to a critical shortage of quality hotel accommodation.

“The Government predicts that Auckland will likely need another 4300 new hotel rooms over the next decade to keep up with current demand projections. The timing is right for this unrivalled site to be developed to its optimal use.”

The owners of Viaduct Harbour Holdings Ltd (the families of Mark Wyborn, Trevor Farmer, Alan Gibbs & Ross Green) bought 28ha around Viaduct Harbour from Ports of Auckland Ltd in 1996. The company has retained the land interest and sold leasehold interests.

The hotel would replace the Simunovich Fisheries building fronting Market Square at the turn of the Viaduct Basin towards the Lighter Basin. Across the water, the ASB Centre and the Park Hyatt on Halsey St.

The Park Hyatt

Across the water on Auckland Council leasehold land in the Wynyard Quarter, the joint venture between local company Hawkins Group Ltd (sold by the McConnell family to Downer EDI Ltd of Australia 10 days ago) & China Construction NZ Ltd is 9 months into construction the Park Hyatt, which is scheduled for completion late next year. It will have a total floor area of 29,000m² & 195 rooms.

China Construction (China State Construction Engineering Corp Ltd) is headquartered in Shanghai and listed on the stock exchange there, and Fu Wah is based in Beijing.

Earlier stories:
9 March 2017: McConnells follow up Harker deal with Hawkins sale to Downer
3 July 2016: Hawkins & China Construction in joint venture to build Park Hyatt on Viaduct Basin
9 September 2015: Waterfront Park Hyatt gets consent
21 November 2014: Chinese hotel on Viaduct waterfront to be a Park Hyatt
16 April 2014: Update: Wynyard hotel construction cost closer to $700,000, leasehold factors undisclosed

Attribution: Agency release.

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