From a five-star hotel to a new boardwalk and retaining wall part of the lakefront development , there are a number of large commercial developments under way in Rotorua. Property reporter Zoe Hunter highlights the 10 biggest building consents of the year.
The multimillion-dollar fit-out of Rotorua's first five-star hotel was the biggest building consent issued in 2019.
The Rotorua Lakes Council approved $10.9 million for the fit-out of the Pullman Hotel on Arawa St in late January.
The Pullman Hotel, connected to the Accor hotel chain, is under construction in the former Zen Centre building on Arawa St.
It will be Rotorua's first five-star hotel and is expected to bring more international visitors, conferences and tour groups to the city when it opens in January.
Richard Bungeroth, general manager of the Pullman Hotel, said the new hotel will benefit local tourism and the economy.
"This is the first five-star hotel in Rotorua and will give high-end domestic and international travellers a dynamic and cosmopolitan hotel to stay in," the spokeswoman said.
"[It is] incredibly exciting to be able to offer visitors to Rotorua a world-class stay in one of the country's most attractive tourist destinations."
The spokeswoman said the hotel had so far created more than 100 jobs.
"Where we can we have employed from the local community," she said.
The hotel is expected to open on January 14.
Meanwhile, $8.2m was approved for a new Ballance Agri-Nutrients bulk storage warehouse in March.
Ballance Agri-Nutrients head of communications Aimee Driscoll said the Homestead Rd build was an expansion on the company's existing business.
"The build is a significant capital investment by Ballance in the Reporoa community and will greatly benefit the regional farming community," she said.
"It showcases the latest plant intake and despatch design and innovation, sustainable practices and safety features."
The total cost of the project is $14m and its construction involved well over 100 companies from throughout the region.
The project included 15,000cu m of earthworks, 220 tonnes of structural steel, 2100m3 of concrete foundations and 600cu m of concrete for the warehouse and 990cu m for the yard.
The council approved $4m in June for the boardwalk and retaining wall as part of the lakefront development.
The first contract for Stage 2 of the lakefront development has been awarded to Waiotahi Contractors to complete the enabling works for the new playground and toilet block.
Rotorua Lakes Council group manager of strategy, Jean-Paul Gaston, said the council was looking forward to getting the next section of work under way.
"This will lay the foundation for the construction of the new destination playground, which is definitely a key feature of the development and what much of the community is waiting in anticipation for," she said.
Construction will begin early 2020.
Rotorua Chamber of Commerce chief executive Bryce Heard said the city's development was "really great to see".
"There is a lot of positive stuff going on in this town that we should be happy about that will create jobs and begin to overwhelm the bad stuff."
Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick said it was always great to see commercial investment in the district.
Chadwick said commercial investment showed the confidence businesses and developers have in Rotorua and provided "much-welcomed" job opportunities.
Council and central government were also committed to investing in the district, she said.
"This includes key projects like the Lakefront redevelopment that will improve this popular facility for locals, visitors and existing operators, and will also encourage further private commercial investment and create job opportunities."
Rotorua's top 10 building consents
1135 Arawa St
Hotel fit-out (Pullman)
Waipa State Mill Rd
Construct a new CLT plant - superstructure (Red Stag)
1 Homestead Rd
Bulk storage warehouse (Ballance Agri-nutrients)
360 Fenton St
Stage two - two- and three- level concrete block building, plaster finish, concrete tile roof
Boardwalk and retaining wall (Lakefront development)
131 Fairy Springs Rd
New two-storey hotel (Grenland Limited)
230 Fenton St
Interior upgrade, front facade and carpark upgrade (Countdown)
1118 Fenton St
New office building (shell only)
32 Kahu St
Refurbishment and extension to music suite and dance studio (JPC)
1 Geddes Rd
Foundations and shell only - new factory