Project in the Alps
Hutchinson Builders is taking to the ski fifields of Japanp with plansp to developp two luxuryy apart-p ment projects worth a combined $35 million. In the country’s emerging alpine sports capital of Niseko, construction on Hutchinson’s Alpen Ridge Project started on site in June 2007 with the ceremonial ground-breaking rituals.
Mick Connolly from Hutchinson Builders along with Cullum Hughes and Tanabata Nobuyuki represented the client at the ceremony and will work with Peter Murphy from Ski Japan, which will be the managing company of the completed development.
Hutchinson’s has contracted the building works to general contractor Iwata Chizaki Incorporated.
This company has several similarities to its Australian counterpart, not the least being they are the biggest construction company on Japan’s Hokkaido Island and have been in business for more than 85 years.
The 1500sq m ski-in-ski-out site is located in the centre of Niseko Hirafu’s upper village at the base of the Alpenp ski-run and has been acquired from vendor Ski Japan for $A2.5 million.
Alpen Ridge will be a seven-level building comprising 33 apartments in one, two and three-bedroom layouts and will also feature a restaurant, ski and snowboard shop, rentals and ski/snowboard school on the ground level.
About 200m from the main ski centre, the second project called Sakae Lodge, will be developed as 31 apartments of one and two bedrooms.
Construction completion has been slowed by a new local authority regulation which restricts construction operations in the village during the winter ski season, however, this has allowed a very rigorous design process to be undertaken.
The additional summer months available before the 2008/2009 ski season will ensure a high-quality fifinish to compliment the striking Cottee Parker design which is of a standard never before seen in the Niseko Ski Fields.