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Sudima / Hyde Management
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// Architecture // Building Information Modelling // Civil Engineering // Construction Monitoring // Environmental Engineering // Fabrication Design // Fire Engineering // Geotechnical Engineering // Project Management // Quantity Surveying // Structural Engineering
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We partnered with Sudima Hotels to design, develop, and build the new 4.5-star Kaikōura hotel which opened in 2022. In 2023 Sudima Kaikōura received an Excellence Award at the 2023 Property Industry Awards, in the Tourism and Leisure Category.
The hotel is a first-class addition to Kaikōura, including 120 rooms, rustic but elevated dining, pool, gym and much more.
A project of this size, in a location as remote as Kaikōura, provided our team of architects, engineers, designers and project managers with the opportunity to think innovatively and find creative solutions.
KR Capital’s expertise and involvement played a key and crucial role in this development. KR Capital work to create positive wealth opportunities. This included bringing together investors and facilitated the debt funding process. We worked closely with all shareholders to bring this prospect from its initial conception to its successful completion.
To combat a lack of resources, labour, supplies and accommodation in Kaikōura, our structural team created a design that was as modular as possible. This incorporated techniques that not only increases efficiencies but also reduces waste. We used pre-cast concrete panels, timber internal walls and suspended concrete floors, all of which were constructed in Christchurch then transported to site for assembly.
“Not only did this approach help us overcome site and labour challenges, but it also reduced waste, and increased the efficiency of the build,” Jade Kirk, company CEO, “It allowed us to de-risk the development.”
This strategy required a lot of front-end planning, design which has been refined over many years. We worked on the basis that every component was panelised and came in ready, fit for purpose and just ‘clicked’ into position.
Our fire engineering team investigated the smoke spread of a fire and its effect on the survivability criteria of the occupied spaces. The simulated results from fire modelling were analysed in conjunction with the egress calculations to demonstrate that occupants have sufficient time to evacuate in the event of a fire.
The atrium, one of the hotels most breath-taking features (apart from the views!), was designed to be protected by an aspirating smoke detection system, which provides easy maintenance and reduces the risk of false alarms. As the hotels design progressed, we were asked to investigate the possibility of using timber cladding on some areas on the façade which was outside of the scope of C/VM2 and C/ASx certification. Our fire team designed an alternative solution that complied to the codes and provided value to the project as whole.
Our team was tasked with delivering an elegant architectural building that didn’t inhibit or distract from the natural beauty of the environment. Each room needed to take advantage of the incredible Kaikōura view.
Our architectural team worked creatively to incorporate the modular design solution throughout their design, while providing a stunning hotel where both locals and international travellers could relax on the beautiful Kaikōura waterfront.
Results: A ‘first class addition’ to Kaikōura
The $35 million development on the Kaikōura waterfront is now complete and welcoming guests. The 4 ½ star-rated hotel is a luxury-style resort over four levels and with facilities that include a restaurant/bar with indoor and outdoor seating, a luxurious heated pool, gymnasium, conference facilities fronting the Esplanade and guest parking. The hotels incredible atrium art gallery will feature local Māori artwork, reflecting the relationship between Sudima Hotels and the local iwi, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura, hapu of Ngāi Tahu.
Kirk Roberts invested in this development and utilised our many disciplines, providing geotechnical, environmental, structural, civil and fire engineering on this project, as well as the architectural design. Our teams also used BIM and fabrication design to reduce clashes and ensure success. We thought strategically to create innovative solutions, such as the modular design, which results in cost savings for the development.
We would also like to acknowledge the incredible work of our project management team, overseeing the completion of this development on time and on budget given the industry pressures is outstanding.
This multi-disciplinary project is the perfect example of how all our divisions and disciplines work together seamlessly, utilising our experts from KR Capital, KR Engineering, and KR Projects.
Photos and video courtesy of Sudima Hotels.