QuBA APARTMENTS CONVERSION
QuBA Apartments Conversion
Russell Property Group
June 2015 – February 2016
As an existing building with insitu tenants and both residential and commercial neighbours, the construction team faced daily traffic and people management constraints as well as having limited access for material delivery. This was managed through constant communication with stakeholders, adherence to strict building requirements as well as thinking beyond the box for construction methodologies. For example, the delivery of materials was challenging as large pallets of construction materials (gib, timber etc.) could not be brought through lifts or stairwells. To deal with this challenge, access for these types of materials was created over the carpark entrance by way of scaffolding with windows removed to access the internals of the building and the use of Hi-ab delivery vehicles. Areas of the site were sectioned off to allow for deliveries, sometimes of heavy steel beams via crane across the roof and into the atrium, to allow the tenants to still occupy their units with safe access away from the direct building works.
The lobby area was also a challenge with the apartment complex effectively only providing a small functional entryway & lift lobby. The Hotel lobby was created by combining together the existing lobby area with the two adjacent corner commercial units to provide a welcoming and open lobby and waiting area, café and bar, executive boardroom and management office. The hotel now boasts over 160 rooms covering all configurations including studio suites through to unique 3 bedroom penthouse suites, café, meeting rooms and gym and with it’s prime location close to Downtown, Britomart, Spark Arena and many national businesses the hotel has been well received by neighbours, tenants and guests and has out-performed estimations of valuers, the hotel operator and the owner to be a true success story.
Congratulations to Russell Property Group and the team that worked on the QuBA Apartment conversion, recognised on Friday 16th June 2017 at the annual Property Council Awards with a Best in Category award, Tourism & Leisure.
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