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Luxury Upper Moutere Lodge

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Client: Robert and Sally Hunt
Designer: John R Smith (USA)
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Contract Period: 12 months
Awards: Registered Master Builders National Projects – Gold Award

Luxury Upper Moutere Lodge

This Upper Moutere Lodge is internationally acclaimed and undoubtedly one of the most luxurious and well-appointed resorts in New Zealand.  Coman Construction was awarded the $7.0M main contract and given a strict 12 month construction programme.  Stringent quality control was monitored and adhered to throughout, using a comprehensive quality assurance manual.  The Lodge boasts its own wine cellar, library, massage rooms, 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a commercial kitchen along with many sitting, living and dining rooms and six car garaging.  In conjunction with the construction of the Lodge, the contract also included a stand alone gymnasium and six cottages.  The Main Lodge is a two level structure of timber and LVL built on a palladian grid system using multiple squares.  It is clad with textured plaster and a copper roof, with interior finishes of gib board, timber veneer and extensive tiling.  All buildings are highly serviceable incorporating top of the line air conditioning and heating systems, extensive data cabling and an emergency backup generator system.  The Lodge caters to the high end of the accommodation industry and this is reflected in the construction which uses only high quality products and detailed finishes throughout.  Coman Construction completed this contract on time and met all the requirements to the complete satisfaction of both client and Project Manager (Ken Johnston, Davis Langdon Knapman Clark).  Judges comments from RMB House of the Year:  “The finest quality materials have been used throughout, and the standard of workmanship from the basic structure to finishes is of a very high standard.  The use of marble and oak veneer, together with commercial grade aluminium joinery and a well considered lighting and air conditioning system, results in an environment of quality and comfort that is both opulent and theatrical”.