Hawkins Group Ltd & China Construction NZ Ltd signed the contract with Fu Wah International Group this week to deliver the Park Hyatt Auckland hotel in the Wynyard Quarter through a joint venture.
Hawkins is local, China Construction (China State Construction Engineering Corp Ltd) is headquartered in Shanghai and listed on the stock exchange there, and Fu Wah is based in Beijing.
The 7-storey hotel on the former Team NZ site fronting the Viaduct Basin will have a total floor area of 29,000m², 195 rooms, food & beverage outlets, event spaces, a spa and a fitness centre that includes a 25m pool.
Work is due to start this month for completion in late 2018.
Fu Wah NZ Ltd general manager Richard Aitken, who moved from Auckland Council’s Panuku Development Auckland (the landowner) to head the project, said: “Hawkins’ experience & understanding of the Auckland waterfront environment, including the challenging ground & climate conditions, will help to successfully guide this project. Together with China Construction, they have the resources, experience & skills to deliver an outstanding outcome for Auckland.”
Hawkins built the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre and is building the ASB Theatre, working on streetscaping throughout the Wynyard Quarter and on the Precinct Properties NZ Ltd Innovation Precinct project in Madden St.
China Construction is one of the world’s biggest construction businesses, with $US100 billion annual construction turnover. It ranks 37th in the current Fortune Global 500 and has built similar luxury hotels around the world.
The project will involve advanced building information modelling and input from Auckland-based Bossley Architects, Singapore-based AR+D Studio and interior designers Conran + Partners.
Attribution: Hawkins release.