Queenstown retail centre’s first stage complete

The first stage of the NZ$130 million Five Mile Retail Centre development at the gateway to Queenstown has opened, after the site’s conversion from an abandoned construction project into a state-of-the-art shopping precinct.

The 14,000sqm site is now home to retailers including Countdown, Briscoes Homeware, Rebel Sport, Warehouse Stationery, Number One Shoes, Supercheap Auto, and ANZ Bank.

The complex will also eventually accommodate 800 carparks (including 250 underground) food operators, offices, serviced apartments and a child care centre.

Australasian design firm The Buchan Group was appointed by Queenstown Gateway Ltd in 2012 to complete architecture, master planning, interior and graphics works for the project, located beside Queenstown Airport.

The site had been home to a 2.4ha hole created from a construction project that was abandoned when the previous developer was placed into receivership in 2008.

The Buchan Group Principal David Thornton said the first stage of the Five Mile Retail Centre had finally created an inviting gateway to Queenstown from the eastern approach through to Frankton.

“Our vision was to design a development befitting the region that reflected the unique characteristics of the stunning surrounding vistas,” he said.

“This meant not only designing a modern retail centre that was appealing to locals and visitors, but also one that was suitably striking for one of the best locations in the Frankton and Shotover region.

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“The buildings also frame view shafts to Double Cone, Peninsula Hill, Cecil peak and Walter Peak, ensuring the development highlights these natural assets.”

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