Auckland gets its tallest structure

AUCKLAND: A new skyscraper, New Zealand’s tallest, a 52-level tower, is about to go up on a CBD site left vacant since 1980s where Chase Corporation demolished the Royal International Hotel. It is planned to be an entertainment hub with cinemas and other facilities to pull in the crowds.

It will be a $350 million 209m skyscraper. According to a statement from the office of mayor Len Brown revealed that it will also contain a top-class hotel which was previously speculated to be a Ritz Carlton.

Furu Ding, a multimillionaire Shanghai businessman, bought the site that was long-vacant in the CBD for plans for a five-star hotel tower. Now Ding’s New Development Group will build the tower which will be known as NDG Auckland Center on the site of a carpark and bungy jump bounded by Elliot St, Albert St and Victoria St.

Despite the growing appetite of New Zealand for online shopping, a large number of new shops are being planned and the block will contain an eight-level podium with a highly interactive edge. Aucklanders who are irritated about the lack of inner-city carparking would also be happy to know that six levels of below-ground car parking is being planned.

The statement issued said the new project will have a range of activities for everyone, consisting of a hotel with 302 rooms, residential apartments, restaurants, entertainment complex, a cinema, shopping and two sky deck areas within the tower structure.

The resource consent for the giant has been granted but the building consent is still pending. It will only be dwarfed by the Sky Tower.

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