Sep 09 2015

Five star luxury hotel destined for Wynyard Quarter gets planning approval

A five star luxury hotel in Wynyard Quarter funded by one of the largest Chinese investments in New Zealand infrastructure is one step closer with resource consent granted for the project.

The hotel is being built by Fu Wah International Group, a Beijing based developer that was appointed by the landowner, the former Council organisation Waterfront Auckland, after a six month investment search in 2013. 

The Hyatt Group will manage the hotel under its luxury Park Hyatt brand, adding to its network of hotels in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, and throughout Asia, Europe, the United States, and Africa.

The hotel, to be known as the Park Hyatt Auckland, will be located on the current Team New Zealand site on Halsey St, looking out on the Viaduct Harbour and Te Wero Bridge. 

The seven storey hotel will have a total floor area of 29,000 square metres with 195 rooms, a ball room, multifunction room and business centres, entertainment facilities including a private dining room/function space, and a gym/health centre and day spa.

The design team for the building consists of local practice Pete Bossley architects, Singaporean based ar+d and interior design by the London based Conran and Partners.

Fu Wah International Group will invest around $200 million in the project, with $2.5 million committed to the development of a new public space and art display in the area around the hotel in Wynyard Quarter, to give people greater public access to Viaduct Harbour.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, John Key says the hotel will be great for the growth of the local tourism industry.

 “Auckland is a growing, vibrant city that is attracting record number of tourists.

“New hotel developments such as the proposed Park Hyatt in Wynyard Quarter are crucial to the future of tourism growth in the city.”

Mayor Len Brown, currently in Xiamen talking to businesses including the waterfront hotel investors as part of the New Zealand-China Mayoral Forum, says the hotel deal is a huge achievement.

“Securing an investment of these proportions and a hotel of such high quality for Wynyard Quarter and Auckland clearly demonstrates what a council leveraging its strategic landholdings can do. 

“This hotel means more jobs and a strong step into the lucrative but largely untapped ‘high net worth individuals’ tourism sector which will be a huge benefit to Auckland’s economy and future.”

John Dalzell Interim CEO of the Council organisation, P?nuku Development Auckland says the hotel will create a new standard of premium accommodation for Auckland.

“This is a landmark site for Wynyard Quarter and is deserving of a building of the standard, the developer and its design team have come up with. It’s great to see it pass this latest milestone and we look forward to the positive impact the hotel will have on the waterfront and the region.”

Construction of the Park Hyatt Auckland is expected to commence early next year and is expected to open in 2017.