SkyVenture International & Beyer family
A new indoor skydiving facility underway in Queenstown may soon see peoples dreams of flying turned into a reality!
This iconic project is a joint venture between SkyVenture International which manufactures iFly wind tunnels and Auckland couple Emma and Gary Beyer. Emma Beyer was on the British skydiving team that won the 2006 world champs, while her husband Gary is a former world-champion and 18-time US champion.
The development involves an 8 metre deep basement and wind turbines that sit on top of the building. The turbines blow air around the building, into the basement and then project it up through the center of the building to create a ‘flight chamber’. Clients will float on a column of air rising five metres above the ground and anyone above the age of four can have a go!
The facility is being built on Beacon St, Queenstown along the tourist corridor to the Skyline Gondola.
“It’s a superb location, very handy for the city centre. We can fly year round, regardless of weather or time of day, so we think it will be ideal in the heart of a tourist attraction like Queenstown” says Beyer.
Arrow were involved in the design phase of the project giving buildability and programming input before being awarded the main build contract. The project is due for completion in early 2018.
Highly technical – the wind tunnel and most of the technology for the project have come from Texas.
First of its kind – the Queenstown building design, drawn up by local Walker Group Architects is unlike any of the other 30 iFLY sites around the world.
The site is wedged between two existing buildings making construction activities incredibly difficult.