Hendo's Hole faces final days
GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Up to 400 people will be employed as ''Hendo's Hole'' becomes history.
Heavy earthmoving machines are well under way with foundation work on the $125 million Five Mile Mall.
Hendo's Hole earned its name from failed property developer David Henderson's massive hole left in the ground just outside the main entrance to Queenstown when a ''Tuscan Village'' shopping and accommodation development flopped in 2007.
The hole was to be a 1200-vehicle underground car park.
Five Mile developer Tony Gapes said it was pleasing to see the massive hole begin to be filled.
''Obviously we're pretty excited about the fact that we've finally got construction under way, which I think is really good for Queenstown,'' he said.
Five Mile spokesman Simon Holloway said the mall, scheduled to open in 2015, expanded the construction process, the number of jobs created during construction and the fate of the hole.
''There will be 300 to 400 people on site at various times of the construction process, with those numbers peaking as construction advances and reaches the fit-out stage.
At this stage we are looking at filling in about two thirds of the hole.
There are about 85,000 cubic metres of cut and fill on site, and we'll need to import about 100,000 cubic metres of fill.
''It's really great to be getting on with business and building the mall.''
Naylor Love Central Otago regional manager Justin Calder said the firm would be involved right until the project's completion and would take on sub-contractors as the job progressed.
The project was a great boost to the local large-scale construction industry, he said.
''There hasn't been any other big project for Queenstown for the last few years so its a good thing for everyone involved.''
- The Mirror