As the first hotel to reopen in Christchurch’s Red Zone, the return of the Ibis hotel was a hugely positive step for Christchurch.
The journey to seismically reinstate the 11 storey Ibis hotel to its pre-earthquake condition was one of The Building Intelligence Group’s most rewarding projects. Delivering a project within the red zone brought with it a challenging range of project considerations that required a holistic approach from day one to find the best solutions to lead a scope of works that was unchartered territory in New Zealand. The commitment to the project was evident from the beginning, with the many consultants, contractors, hotel management, loss adjustors, the Christchurch City Council and CERA all playing a pivotal role in helping us to deliver the project successfully, ensuring we maintained the confidence of our client throughout the journey.
The choice of September 4 as the opening of the hotel’s doors was deliberate as it marked the second anniversary of one of the city’s significant earthquake events.
The Ibis hotel’s General Manager Tim Dearsley saw the reopening as a positive sign for a city that has endured a troubled two years. “Christchurch tourism has suffered enormously because of the perception that the city was closed following the earthquake,” he says. “This was never true, but the re-opening of the Ibis highlighted that the city centre is now accessible to travellers.”
Across from Cathedral Square, The Building Intelligence Group also successfully completed the reinstatement project for the 14 floor Novotel Hotel.