Timaru Building, CBD Complex, Architecture, Bayhill Developments NZ, Hydro Grand Hotel

Timaru CBD Complex Buildings

New Architecture in New Zealand’s South Island design by The Buchan Group Architects

17 Aug 2016

Timaru CBD Complex for Bayhill Developments

Design: The Buchan Group, Architects

Location: overlooking Caroline Bay, Timaru, South Island, New Zealand

Timaru CBD Complex, New Zealand


17th of August 2016 – A former hotel in the heart of Timaru will make way for a $42 million hotel, apartment and corporate office complex under a proposal designed by award-winning Australasian architecture firm The Buchan Group.

Timaru CBD Complex for Bayhill Developments

The staged development, by Bayhill Developments Ltd, proposes three separate buildings, linked by a central public courtyard and underground parking, on a 2,529sqm site that includes the former Hydro Grand Hotel. The hotel building has been unoccupied for more than a decade and is now in a dilapidated state.

The Bayhill plans include a six-level office building, including food and beverage tenancies on the ground floor, a seven-level apartment building, offering one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouse suites, and a 68-room hotel.

Once approved, construction of the first stage is expected to begin next year.

Buchan Group Associate James Burgess said the development had been designed as a catalyst for the renewal of the Timaru CBD.

“This site occupies a prime location in town, but is fast becoming an eyesore. Apart from delivering quality residential, hotel and office accommodation that takes advantage of its position overlooking Caroline Bay, we also hope the development breathes new life into the area,” he said.

“We explored with the developer a number of feasibility cases to refurbish the old hotel building, but it became overwhelmingly apparent that no such option could be made to work.

“The proposal includes apartments that will be spacious, maximise the unrivalled views – from Caroline Bay to the Alps, and benefit from the other amenities being proposed within the development.

“The neighbouring hotel will target holidaymakers and business travellers, and also capitalise on the precinct’s food and beverage offering. It will also form a central hub for local commercial and residential users looking for meeting and congregation space.

“The office building is targeting a floor plate of less than 400sqm to align to local market requirements and will offer quality, open-plan commercial accommodation.

“The public piazza will link the three buildings, while the precinct will be softly elevated to allow diners to sit above traffic and parking to look out across the bay. In doing so, we’re creating a space that will be inviting, recognisable and engaging for visitors and locals alike.”

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Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. source: Wikipedia

Location: Caroline Bay, Timaru, New Zealand

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