New plans for Hotel Grand Chancellor site

LIZ MCDONALD
Last updated 05:00 18/04/2014
Hotel Grand Chancellor
DEMOLISHED: The former Hotel Grand Chancellor was quake-damaged.

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Hotel Grand Chancellor will not be rebuilt in its old spot.

The Cashel St hotel was the city's tallest building but developed a precarious lean in the February 2011 earthquake and was demolished in 2012.

Last year owners Grand Hotels International, based in Singapore, got permission for plans to rebuild on the central city site.

The 12-storey 50-metre tower would have had 136 serviced hotel apartments, plus five office floors and shops, to be finished by 2015.

That plan has now been dropped in favour of a $70 million six-storey building with offices and shops only, to be finished by 2016 and leased partly to government departments.  

There will be no hotel accommodation on the site.

Grand Hotels International group general manager Frank Delli Cicchi said they might rebuild the hotel elsewhere in the city, but had no firm plans yet.

''We've got a few options. There's a lot of land around in the city.''

Delli Cicchi said while they had tenants interested in leasing office space on the Cashel St site, the prospects for a hotel there looked less certain.

They did not know yet how the surrounding area would look, he said.

The site is just east of the High St end of the City Mall, where no property owners have yet been able to rebuild.

The former Hotel All Seasons next door, previously Hotel So, has new Auckland owners and will be refurbished and reopened this year.

Across the road the Holiday Inn has been demolished.

Ninety two staff lost jobs when the 170-room Hotel Grand Chancellor closed.  

The hotel group has Grand Chancellor hotels in Auckland, Wellington, Australia and Asia, plus others under the Grand Central and  Grand Continental brands.

Christchurch lost around 2500 hotel rooms in the earthquakes, and now has the highest room rates in New Zealand.

The Latimer Hotel is the only major hotel to have been rebuilt in central Christchurch, reopening as Rydges Latimer, while several have been repaired and reopened.

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