Big plans for NZSki 'to get on top of the game'

JOHN EDENS
Last updated 05:00 02/04/2014
Paul Anderson
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NZSki's new chief executive officer Paul Anderson.

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NZSki has unveiled preliminary plans for a new three-level base building at The Remarkables to replace the cramped facility built in the 1980s.

Architect Michael Wyatt's plans for the new base envisage a pointed Coronet Peak-style structure with an angled roof, much bigger than the ageing existing building.

The plan is part of the company's multimillion dollar investment, which includes a new ski lift to Curvey Basin scheduled to open this season.

Yesterday NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson said a resource consent application was produced to enable the company to start earthworks and basement level construction as soon as possible.

Other consents would follow and the proposed new base was similar in concept to Coronet Peak but a little smaller, he said.

"We just want to get ahead of the game so we can be well on top of it. The building is in quite a different place [at the bottom of the learners' area]. It's all go. It's an absolute hive of activity."

The design included an entrance area with guest services and stairs to the main level and the new Curvey Basin lift.

The plan proposes a three-level base building on a footprint in front of the existing base, roughly triangular in shape with an overall floor area of more than 5800 square metres.

Skiers and boarders will be catered for on the second floor, with a restaurant, creche and two large decks.

An application said a three-stage building process was needed, construction of the basement level at the end of this year, the remaining two floors in summer and the demolition of the existing base as soon as practicable.

"The reason for the staged approach is to enable the existing building to cater to patrons of [this] season and to continue to provide offices, toilets and smoko facilities to the staff of NZSki and the contractors engaged in the construction works.

"It is proposed that the existing base building will be demolished within 12 months of the new base building becoming operational."

The investment is part of a strategy to modernise the ski field and open up more terrain.

 

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