O'Connells is a key asset in Skyline's property portfolio. Opened in 1988 on a site originally occupied by O'Connell's Hotel, it has been the retail centre of Queenstown for 30 years.
Each of O'Connells four floors will be modified to retain a mix of retail and commercial spaces, as well as keeping the ground floor eatery. The concept plans have been designed by acclaimed Queenstown architect Preston Stevens of McAuliffe Stevens.
Changes to the building’s exterior have presented several opportunities, including creating a new customer entry off Cow Lane; providing customers direct access to Beach Street stores as well as the building (from Beach Street); upgrading the entries off Camp and Beach Street’s and review the elevations along Beach St and Cow Lane to make it more accessible from the street.
It is likely there will also be a new ‘feature’ public lift between the food court and level three, inside the atrium.
The main construction period began in February 2020, with the expected completion date late 2021.
The O’Connells redevelopment is Skyline Properties’ second major commercial building project in central Queenstown in recent years. In 2016, the company opened the iconic mixed-use Eichardt’s Building on Marine Parade – complementing the area’s luxury precinct.