YHA New Zealand
YHA saw the opportunity to provide a new style of inner-city accommodation that would appeal to the 50+ travelling age group, families and visiting sports teams.
They engaged Arrow to refurbish the existing accommodation over seven floors of the building, add ensuite facilities to the majority of rooms, upgrade their kitchen, dining room, TV room, sundeck and BBQ area. The refurbishment also includes laundry and luggage storage facilities.
The hostel is now a 4-star plus Qualmark rated hostel at the top of Queen Street.
The hostel opened weeks after works were completed and has been a outstanding success for YHA.
A key challenge was resourcing the project and managing traffic control in the narrow city streets around the hostel.
All deliveries had to be carefully coordinated with hiab lifts to upper level balconies.
This was a perfect winter project as all the work was carried out on the interiors and weather was not a issue.