Earthquake damage from the February 2011 earthquake closed the Novotel hotel. The seismic reinstatement of the hotel was highly innovative in its approach.
As the first hotel to reopen in Christchurch’s Red Zone, the return of the Ibis hotel was a hugely positive step for Christchurch.
WelTec’s award-winning School of Hospitality joined forces with the internationally renowned Le Cordon Bleu Institute of NZ to create a purpose built state-of-the-art tertiary campus in the heart of Wellington.
With 280 rooms, the Rydges (Holiday Inn) is Wellington’s biggest hotel, and was the first new hotel to be built in the city in 12 years.
In 1990, when the client came to us, Dockside on the Wellington wharves was nothing more than that. It was an aged, tatty and redundant wharf shed.
The concept for the Novotel Palmerston North was to take a three storey, 1927 heritage building, The Carlton Hotel, and add to it to provide modern guest facilities to compliment the original features.
The mission: build a restaurant 10 metres up a redwood tree.