Construction of The Langlands hotel is set to begin immediately with ILT awarding the tender. ILT chairman Alan Dennis said the board was unanimous in its decision to award the contract to build the $40 million-plus hotel to Leighs Construction.
“This is an incredibly exciting moment for the development and we’re looking forward to now seeing a flurry of activity occurring on site as the construction phase gets underway,” he said.
ILT chief executive Chris Ramsay said Leighs Construction emerged as a leading contender during a “meticulous procurement process” which began in March.
“Leighs stood out throughout the process in terms of delivering a quality, cost-effective construction solution which sees The Langlands on track to be open in October 2021,” he said.
“The last few weeks have been very intensive for all involved in the project as we’ve worked on extremely specific details around the construction elements of the programme and Leighs commitment has been impressive.
“We are also excited by the fact Leighs has nominated 12 local subcontractors that will bring an Invercargill flavour and ensure an opportunity for those businesses to be involved in one of the city’s most extensive projects.”
Leighs Construction managing director Anthony Leighs said the company was pleased to be entrusted with building Invercargill’s premier hotel.
“For Leighs, the project is an exciting opportunity to be part of Southland’s economic growth. Leighs will be engaging a large number of local subcontractors and workers on the project,” he said.
The development will inject significant funds into the local economy and even boost Invercargill’s population.
“Leighs has signalled key staff will be moving to the city for the duration of the project. They are ready to mobilise immediately and kick start construction which is fantastic from our perspective,” Ramsay said.
Established in 1995, Leighs Construction has earned a reputation as specialists in producing innovative solutions and boasts an extensive portfolio of complex projects across an array of sectors, including health, education, commercial, retail, primary industry, community and government.
The Langlands development was set to transform Invercargill’s CBD area.
“Our focus is on creating a modern space with contemporary elements and a ground-floor presence which generates wow factor,” Dennis said.
“As we embark on this ambitious project, it will undoubtedly spark a long-overdue rejuvenation for the inner city and we’re excited to see the positive impact it will have as Invercargill continues to grow as a destination.”
Features include eateries and bars at ground level connected by a covered laneway, meeting and private dining spaces on the first floor, 4.5-star quality accommodation and a trendy rooftop function space with terracing for indoor/outdoor appeal.