Rydges Hotel

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.

Originally planned to house 170 hotel rooms and 25 penthouse apartments, a partial redesign was undertaken to change the apartments to an extra 110 hotel rooms, and transform carparking levels into expanded conference facilities to cater to market demand.

With the whole facility dedicated solely to the hotel, The Building Intelligence Group Wellington were engaged to manage the fitout of the front-of-house reception, restaurant and kitchen areas. Our role included co-ordinating the installation of all furnishings, fittings and equipment.

Early on in the project, we decided to explore the contractor’s idea to fast track construction by using prefabricated bathrooms. The bathrooms were constructed at a factory in Oamaru and shipped to Wellington by train. This meant finding designs for 12 different styles of bathrooms that would meet size restrictions to allow them to pass through a train tunnel in Kaikoura, before arriving in Wellington and being lifted into the building by crane as each of the floor slabs were poured.

This proved a key factor in helping us to meet very tight time constraints without compromising quality objectives.

Winner of 2008 New Zealand Property Council Merit Award for tourism and leisure.

Winner of 2007 New Zealand Institute of Architects hospitality and tourism award.