New Complex Reflects Faith in Queenstown’s Future

May 2022

New Complex Reflects Faith in Queenstown’s Future

Altherm commercial window systems were used on a new Queenstown complex which has nudged the town’s retail centre-of-gravity a little closer to the Skyline gondola and the CBD’s steep, forested, Ben Lomond backdrop.

The development is called ‘Upper Village’, in a reference to Whistler ski resort’s hamlet of the same name, in Canada. The 3,300m² in hilly Brecon St features two buildings separated by a central, external mall with an eye-catching Altherm glazed canopy above. The 25m-long roof structure was made from APL glazing bar profiles and is one of the biggest canopies built by local Altherm manufacturer, Design Windows Central Otago Ltd.

The opening of Upper Village reflects strong faith in Queenstown’s post-Covid future by Brisbane developer Engage Group, who have previously completed projects at Frankton. Tenants include a mix of local and international food, hospitality and entertainment operators, one of whom has employed 60 staff.

A spokesperson for Engage Group said that the disruptions due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and complications had made the planning and construction process a challenging one, but the group was confident that once borders were fully open Queenstown was going to be a busy tourist destination again.

Materials used in the development, which was designed by BSPN Architecture, in Brisbane, include natural stone, timber cladding, timber soffits, painted structural steel and concrete.

The main window system used in the project was the APL 125mm Flushglaze Suite, some of which was installed in faceted arrays. Large APL Architectural Series sliding doors are also a feature of the buildings. One door set — 4 + 4 bi-parting sliders — is 8m long and 2.7m high. Other products used included 40mm Windows (Seismic Suite), fixed aluminium louvres and Magnum Hinged Doors. The surface finish was Duratec Matt Black.

Locally-based Cook Brothers Construction were the builders.

A range of overhead glazing bars and roof windows cater for a variety of commercial and residential applications. Bars with a drainage system and condensation collection system are available.

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Sliding doors slide on an outside track and can meet at 90° corners without the need for a corner post. For most configurations a fixed side panel is required. However, a bypass slider option is available where two or three panels move.

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The 40mm series is a diverse range of window products designed for versatility — as strip windows, hopper and pivoting windows, seismically framed windows and curtain wall applications.

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Design Windows is a leading aluminium window and door specialist in the South Island, New Zealand with branches located in Nelson, Christchurch, Greymouth, Cromwell and Dunedin.

BSPN Architecture is a national architecture and interior design practice. With a client-centric approach, BSPN designs are functional, driven by value, and focused on creating a unique end-user experience.

Originally formed in Dunedin in 2005, Cook Brothers Construction is a national commercial construction company with regional branches in Auckland, Canterbury, Otago and the Southern Lakes.