THE Langlands has been designed for the locals as well as for the visitors.
ILT chief executive Chris Ramsay, on a tour of the site, said the multi-storey building had been cleverly designed, not just with the most up-to-date technology, but also with careful thought into how comfortable, practical and user-friendly it would be.
“Every little aspect has been looked at in detail… we know hotels and we have micro-planned… using all the new technologies.”
Featuring eateries and bars at ground level connected by a covered laneway, as well as meeting and dining spaces on the first floor and 4.5-star accommodation on various floors, it would feature 80 guest rooms including suites and apartment-style accommodation.
Mr Ramsay described the proposed outdoor covered laneway on the Don St side, which would connect one of the cafes and bars, as an area with Parisian style.
As well as a house bar and cafe, there would also be The Langlands bar and a signature restaurant which could seat 80 patrons.
“The restaurant and bars will be for the locals, as well as guests,” he said.
Although the Ascot Park Hotel would still be the main centre to host large conferences, Mr Ramsay said The Langlands had been designed to host meetings, events, private functions such as weddings, and conferences as well.
The creme-de-la-creme could well be the top floor, which would give 270-degree views, from as far as the eye could see, Leighs Construction site manager Phil Pasco said.
It was estimated, once the top floor bar was fitted out, it could host 100 people, Mr Ramsay said.
“It would also be ideal for private functions.”
Once completed, Mr Pasco estimated The Langlands would become the fourth highest building in Invercargill.
“But it would have the best views… and would be the star attraction,” especially with the view up Dee St and North Rd towards the snow-capped mountains in the distance, The Longwoods to the left, the Invercargill water tower and beyond to the east, and overlooking the surrounding area to the south as far as Bluff Hill.
It was estimated The Langlands would be “fully enclosed and water tight” within 60 days and was on track to be completed and handed over to the ILT by the end of year.
It was hoped the hotel would open early 2022.