The company engaged Hawkins to construct its $27 million Auckland premium gaming experience above its existing hotel development. This houses 1,800m² of additional high-end gaming space and includes 850m² of refurbished hotel rooms which have been converted into boutique suites and salons.
Skycity Entertainment Group’s aim:
What we did:
This fast track development went from conception to completion in nine months. It was finished to coincide with the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The design brief for Eight, the VIP main gaming floor and restaurant, was to maximise the asset in terms of building height. Horizons, the private gaming salons and suites, are located within an existing hotel floor with limited floor to ceiling height.
The addition of two new floors created a significant structural design challenge to satisfy seismic requirements without affecting the existing structure.
The construction techniques we employed sought to maximise the construction activities within an ultra-fast track timeframe. Round the clock shifts from pool deck demolition onwards enabled the primary structure to be erected in record time.
Access for both personnel and construction materials during construction was provided by the use of a 9 storey wall climber construction lift bolted onto the external façade.
SKYCITY had a strong result in the 2012 financial year with 14.4% revenue growth. International revenues accounted for $50.7M in Auckland, up from $26M the previous year. The encouraging result was underpinned by the strong opening of Horizon and Eight. International business has trebled since FY10 with international gaming clientele visiting from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.