Nugget Point is perched above the magnificent Shotover Canyon in Arthur’s Point. A ten-minute drive in one direction takes visitors to the restaurants and excitement of Queenstown; ten minutes in the other puts them on the first chairlift at Coronet Peak.
The name ‘Nugget Point’ dates back to 1862 when shearer Thomas Arthur discovered four ounces of gold in the Shotover River, near to the hotel’s present site. Nowadays gold comes in the form of the tourist dollar.
Opened in 1987, the hotel today boasts 40 luxury open-plan suites and a host of top-end leisure facilities. It needed a good going-over to stay in the hunt for gold. With recent interior refurbishments complete, the owners then looked to address the larger maintenance issue of a leaking roof.
The roof was in dire need of repair or replacement. The owners were considering a high-cost re-roofing project to address the issue however such an approach would have been extremely disruptive..
Given the current demand for Queenstown accommodation, a smarter approach was needed.
We partnered with Nugget Point to conduct research into the issue and offer alternative solutions. There were constraints and challenges to consider in the form of weather, access and aesthetics. The project needed to be complete before winter and disruption to the hotel’s operations had to be minimal. The million-dollar views from the suites needed protecting from unsightly scaffolding too.
Creativity often occurs within such constraints. We opted to use our Liquid Rubber repair system for fixing the leaking roof quickly and permanently – all without the need for a temporary weather cover.
We also designed unique ‘invisible’ scaffolding, which was supported by legs running between windows. Our work was out of sight and out of mind for hotel guests.
By scoping the job properly with experienced eyes, we saved Nugget Point time and money while also minimising disruption to guests and occupancy rates. Better still, we managed to preserve the pristine views of the Shotover Canyon throughout the process.