Busy building period begins in Wanaka

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It is a busy time for Wanaka, with four community projects in the works for the region.

Construction of Upper Clutha Community House has started next to the Anglican Church at the corner of McDougall and Upton Sts.

Trust chairwoman Dame Sukhi Turner said she had to “pinch herself” when she saw construction begin.

Project manager Paddy Bleach said foundations had been laid and construction was expected to take about 11 months.

Trustee Peter Southwick said several interest-free loans had enabled construction to go ahead, and there were plans for fundraising to secure the final $700,000 over the next 12 months.

The next project off the blocks will be the Wanaka Watersports Facility, to be built at the west end of Roys Bay. Construction is scheduled to start in November.

Breen Construction building contractor Kelvin Mulqueen, of Wanaka, said he anticipated a completion date of spring 2019.

Architect Alistair Madill, of Wanaka, said he designed the building to be sympathetic with the landscape and to be “more than a tin shed”.

“It is meant to be calm and collected, but sensitive to its spot”

Trustee Nic Blennerhassett, of Wanaka, said some trees would be cleared at the water’s edge, but two protected sequoia trees would be retained.

“We’re excited to be making a start on this community facility,” she said.


Water works . . . Inspecting the future site of the Wanaka Watersports Facility on the shores of Lake Wanaka are (from left) builder Kelvin Mulqueen, architect Alistair Madill and Trustee Jaime Hutter, all of Wanaka. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

Two further projects are also on the cards for the region.

The Upper Clutha Rugby Football Club is submitting building plans to the Queenstown Lakes District Council this week.

Senior club captain Nathan Simon, of Wanaka, said plans included a 5m extension of the clubrooms and adding a commercial kitchen and extra changing rooms.

“We are going to use the bones of what is there, and then put extensions out both sides.”

The exterior cladding would be redone in schist, cedar and block.

Provided there were no issues with the submitted plans, construction could begin in as little as four weeks’ time, he said.

The Wanaka Yacht Club has plans for a new building on its site on the waterfront by Lakeside Rd.

Club Commodore Jeff Mercer, of Wanaka, said the club had been growing at a “quick rate” and new plans could double the size of the facility.

“We’ve had our feasibility study back which reads very well.”

The club was granted charitable status last year, “which opens up a few doors for us”.

“We are now looking at fundraising for resource consent, so heading towards working drawings very soon.”

Plans for the club included commercial premises.

“We are trying to get a cafe in the premises as well, which will help fund the building going forward in the future.”