Project in the Alps

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - HOUSES -

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.

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