Sky Garden tower proposal would soar above Hamilton’s CBD offering views up and down the Waikato River
Move over Auckland, Hamilton could be moving in on the tower-in-the-CBD market.
That’s the lofty goal developer John Heskett is reaching for in his third attempt to build a major tourism project in Waikato.
It’d be based around a 100-metre-high timber tower, the highest building in the heart of Hamilton’s CBD, next to the Waikato Museum on Victoria St.
It would feature a bungy and slide off the tower with a swing over the neighbouring Waikato River.
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At the top there would be a viewing platform, restaurants, cafes and a cocktail bar. The roof would be used as a green space with a garden, lawn and mini golf course for families.
The project is still in the concept phase and would need further feedback from the Hamilton City Council, community and iwi.
It would not be a carbon copy of the $20 million Sky Garden plan for Hangatiki, near Waitomo Village, which was declined in July. Nor would it look like the first version promoted closer to Te Kūiti.
The Waitomo version was 70m high.
“We need to redesign it for Hamilton, to make it taller, but it will still be built out of timber and have the tower as its centre piece,” Heskett said.