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Mr Dippie was a co-director, was granted consent to build an 19 lot residential area at a 84.6ha site in between Cardrona Valley, Riverbank and Orchard Rds, known as the ‘‘triangle’’. ‘‘We are looking at increasing staff this year and importing more equipment. It’s looking up for civil works,’’ Mr Dippie said. Willowridge was also set to start work on the 112ha Three Parks development near the Wanaka Golf Course. ‘‘The outlook for builders and trades as a whole will increase year-on-year. It’s such a big employer in the district.’’ Universal Developments director Lane Hocking has applied for a resource consent to subdivide the former Wanaka Primary School site on Tenby St into 16 residential lots. Last month Infinity Investment Group managing director Bob Robertson unveiled plans to build 44 luxury fivestar apartments on its Marina Terrace block directly opposite the Wanaka marina and foreshore. The complex would include a heated swimming pool, spa pool and gym, basement car parking, a restaurant, cafe and bar. Prices for the apartments were expected to start at $995,000 ranging to $1,795,000 for the luxurious penthouses and construction was expected to begin ‘‘immediately after the first pre sales are confirmed,’’ he said. Breen Construction managing director Lindsay Breen, of Alexandra, said of its 100 staff, 25 were directly employed in Wanaka. Employment in the Wanaka area had increased during the past year and it was likely the plan developments would mean 30 per cent more staff would be needed to keep up with demand. The number of developments would ‘‘affect the volume of work which is going to affect the market,’’ Mr Breen said. However, there could be a shortage of labour resources because of the housing crisis in Auckland and the continued ‘‘resource pull’’ needed in Christchurch after the earthquakes, he said.