Cook Brothers Construction Southern Lakes recently completed the exciting renovation and extension to the Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown. The project involved a full re-clad & renovation to the facility plus construction of a large new extension. The popular attraction added much-needed capacity with a new lounge area, four luxury massage rooms, four spa rooms and a further five outdoor garden pools plus three private spa pools with associated changing rooms and facilities, all as part of the construction.
The site was challenged with tight access, very little in the way of laydown areas with land falling away steeply above and below the building platform. This was overcome using smaller trucks wherever possible for deliveries along with manual handling of materials where this was not an option.
As the Onsen project was an operating facility, noise management was a big challenge given the nature of their business which largely continued operating throughout construction. This was managed through constant communication with the client and working in with shut down periods collaboratively agreed with Onsen. The team also innovatively set up a sound & dust booth at the other end of the site for cutting to minimize sound transmission through to the existing operating building. They maximized use of Hiab's with scheduled bulk deliveries to minimize manual handling and to lower the risk of potential injury to staff & trade partners.
The build itself is exciting and bespoke given its use as a Spa & leisure facility. Situated in an incredibly scenic location overlooking arguably the most beautiful section of the Shotover river this was a unique project completed with a high-end fit-out incorporating several special finishes & Japanese style design elements.
The team performed to a high standard and worked in with our client's requirements while balancing the needs and productivity of the project well. The client has made mention that if he were to complete the project again, he would work with Cook Brothers Construction.