SkyCity gets image it wanted

16:00, Feb 19 2013
SkyCity Hamilton's planned $35 million hotel
RIVERSIDE VIEW: Designers were told to create an international hotel inside and out.

The architects of SkyCity Hamilton's planned $35 million hotel have achieved the international image they were told to create for the city, says the casino entertainment group.

The exterior design of the 4.5-star riverfront hotel was unveiled in Hamilton yesterday at a packed presentation showcasing the commercial development bonanza under way in the city.

SkyCity presenter Ross Hargood told the 220-strong turnout of commercial property development players, many from outside the region and overseas, that SkyCity asked architects to design an international hotel - inside and out. The hotel, which will have 135 rooms, 11 suites and a presidential suite, a heated pool and a gym, will create jobs for 100 people, he said.

Building should start in June with opening day scheduled for early 2015, but the company hoped it could be late next year.

Tenders will be called soon from a shortlist, he said.

The old ANZ Bank and Nandos buildings in Victoria St, acquired by SkyCity to round off its site, would be demolished in the next few months.

Plans for the vacant space created had yet to be finalised, Mr Hargood said.

The presentations by six CBD project developers was organised by the Hamilton Central Business Association. The event at SkyCity was so popular it had a waiting list of 40, because of a space shortage.


Waikato Times