Naylor Love appointed prime contractor for ibis Hamilton Tainui renovation

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The design refresh was inspired by hotel management company Accor’s Plaza concept and included paint, upholstery and furniture changes. Photo / Provided

Construction company Naylor Love has been appointed prime contractor for the renovation of the 126-room ibis Hamilton Tainui hotel.

Ibis Hamilton Tainui general manager Philip Hilton said the hotel was undergoing a full refurbishment after its time as a managed isolation facility. The design refresh was inspired by hotel management company Accor’s Plaza concept and included paint, upholstery and furniture changes.

“We really can’t wait to bring ibis back to market with a stunning new interior for our guests to enjoy,” said Hilton.

Consulting firm Designwell led the redesign in consultation with hotel owner Tainui Group Holdings and Accor. The Plaza design concept will be a first for an Accor hotel in the Pacific.

The Plaza design concept will be a first for an Accor hotel in the Pacific.  Photo / Provided
The Plaza design concept will be a first for an Accor hotel in the Pacific. Photo / Provided

Tainui Group Holdings CEO Chris Joblin said, “We are delighted to be appointing a commercial construction company of the caliber of Naylor Love that has exhibited competitive bidding and the ability to meet our tight deadlines. Renovating the hotel to a high standard and as quickly as possible is a priority to meet the demand for accommodation.”

Naylor Love manager Kris MacCauley said the company appreciates the relationship with Tainui Group Holdings and is looking forward to turning the vision for the renovated hotel into reality.

“We set out to understand the hotel’s vision and are proud to work closely with the designers, with Accor and with the owners to ensure the construction process is streamlined in terms of communication and coordination.”

Naylor Love has a positive track record with Tainui Group Holdings, having been the construction company for the award winning Te Awa Mall at The Base Mall in Te Rapa which they completed in 2011.

Naylor Love set up a permanent operation in Waikato and Bay of Plenty in 2012 following the successful completion of Te Awa.

Naylor Love project manager Chris Haswell said the company’s Waikato team had close ties not only with architects, engineers and consultants, but also with sub-contractors and the supply chain in the whole region.

“Construction isn’t just about buildings, it’s about strong relationships; Naylor Love is focused on improving social outcomes through our working relationship with Tainui Group Holdings and the broader Tainui iwi “We have the perfect opportunity at ibis to collaborate to provide professional training and career opportunities for those affiliated with iwi and the greater Waikato region.”

The hotel is expected to reopen later this year.

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