New hotel ‘on target’

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    (From left) ILT chief executive Chris Ramsay, Leighs Construction senior project manager Paul Brailey, Leighs Construction site manager Phil Pasco and ILT board chairman Alan Dennis take in the view from the fourth floor of The Langlands Hotel construction site in Invercargill on Tuesday.

    FOR many, it will seem like The Langlands Hotel has shot up out of nowhere.

    However, come next year, a whole lot of work will be done behind the scenes, ILT’s chief executive says.

    Chris Ramsay said from the Invercargill CBD street view, it would look like the project was “going pretty quick” up until the end of the year.

    “Once we’re closed in, there’s not going to be a whole lot of visible change but there will be an immense amount of work getting services, wiring all that stuff [done].”

    As of the start of this week, Leighs Construction had managed to build four floors of foundations for the main tower, with three more left to go, plus a plant deck, before it would be ready for the next stage of building.

    The view from the fourth floor of the Langlands Hotel construction site.

    Leighs Construction senior project manager Paul Brailey said if anything, the foundation stage was “the easy bit”.

    “There’s a massive amount of material set to come into Invercargill in the new year for the fit-out from doors to windows, carpet, joinery…

    “We worked hard as a team, with the ILT, to make decisions early to avoid any risks [of Covid-19 delays].”

    About 20 construction workers were on site each day, with about 80-100 staff set to move in once construction was “at its peak”.

    “It’s about everyone being on the ball and having a sense of urgency as a team.

    “We’re on target and the weather hasn’t slowed us down at all even though we planned for it.”

    While there would come a point when it would look like “nothing is happening”, the transformation process would be at work behind its walls, he said.

    ILT marketing and sales manager Angee Shand said she was not just pleased with the progress, she was “really excited”.

    “We’re quite advanced with it all.

    “The designers and architects did all the fit-out planning in the early stages so in that sense, we’ve got a really good feeling of what The Langlands is and what it represents.”

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