City projects applauded

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(From left) Invercargill Licensing Trust chief executive Chris Ramsay, The Building Intelligence Group project manager Tess Browne, Invercargill Licensing Trust president Alan Dennis, and Leighs Construction chief financial officer David Jarman at The Langlands Hotel construction site in Invercargill. Photo: Abbey Palmer

LEIGHS Construction chief financial officer David Jarman says submitting a proposal to take on The Langlands hotel project in Southland was a “natural” decision.

“We’re pretty excited about the amount of work that’s coming up down here with all the projects and the way the city is moving ahead.

“We certainly see it as a great future, both for us and for Invercargill.”

The Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT) announced on Monday the Christchurch-based company had been awarded the tender to build the hotel on the corner of Dee and Don Sts.

Bringing together all the components of a project of this scale was the company’s “specialist area”, Mr Jarman said.

“Burwood hospital in Christchurch is probably our biggest project so far. Hospitals and hotels and so on are quite similar in the way you focus on the end user, especially when it comes to the complexity of the services.”

With the completion date set for October 2021, the goal was to get the project completed on time and on budget, he said.

“There’s always obstacles that come up, but our job is to anticipate those and work with the ILT and the rest of the team to make sure we stay on top of them.”

ILT chief executive Chris Ramsay said the company interviewed “incredibly well”.

“We put them through a meticulous process so I believe our expectations will be met with what they presented.

“They’ve got a great programme of methodology and they come with great experience around hotel builds.”

He said the hotel would add between 80 and 100 jobs, and would create opportunities for internal staff and those wanting to move to the region.

A viewing window would be put on-site for people to watch the progress of the build.

ILT president Alan Dennis said it was the biggest project the trust had worked on.

“It’s something we’ve been talking about for quite a few years. Arguably, it’s the best site in Invercargill and it ticks all the boxes, we’re very excited as a board.”

He said it sent the “right message” to Invercargill residents – “by putting a stake in the ground and letting people know we care about this city.”

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