Chinese giant CSCEC given role on landmark New Zealand hotel

One of China’s biggest contractors has landed a place on a joint venture building a five-star hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) will help local contractor Hawkins build the NZ$200m Park Hyatt Auckland in the city’s Wynyard Quarter.

CSCEC was appointed by the hotel’s developer, Beijing based Fu Wah International Group.

The seven-storey hotel will have a total floor area of 29,000 sq m, 195 rooms, event spaces, a spa and a 25-m pool.

Fu Wah won development rights for the hotel after a global investor search process in 2013 led by the land owner, council-controlled organisation Panuku Development Auckland.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key turned the first sod for the hotel’s construction in March this year.

US magazine ENR listed CSCEC as the world’s second biggest contractor in the world last year by turnover, which for CSCEC is about US$100bn a year.

Fu Wah International says the hotel represents one of the largest foreign investments in New Zealand tourism infrastructure.

Auckland’s Panuku Development Auckland is tasked with regenerating 18 hectares of land in Wynyard Quarter, where the hotel will be located.

"The Park Hyatt Auckland is destined to be a landmark building for the area," said Panuku chief executive, John Dalzell. "This appointment by Fu Wah International Group is a testament to the quality of work Hawkins has delivered on a number of Wynyard Quarter projects to date."

Design of the hotel is by Auckland-based Bossley Architects, Singapore-based AR+D Studio, and, for interior design, UK-based Conran + Partners.

Park Hyatt Auckland is the first project for Fu Wah in New Zealand.

Read Hawkins’ press release here.

Image: Artist’s impression of the five-star Park Hyatt Auckland, which is set to open in 2018 (Fu Wah International)

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