SkyCity Entertainment is enhancing its Auckland property with a major upgrade costing NZ$24 million ($15.8 million) of its main atrium.
The improvements are expected to include new wall claddings, chandeliers and light features, new entrance doors and flooring, and new bathrooms on the ground floor of the main site, the company said in a media release.
Preliminary work on the refresh of the ‘front door’ of the company’s flagship Auckland property is already underway, with further redevelopment to follow.
A premium, gourmet burger bar is planned for the Atrium Sports Bar area.
SkyCity said it is is also planning to remove the existing series of escalators linking the three floors of the atrium and replacing them with a new main escalator providing more direct access to the main gaming floor. A second new escalator will link levels two and three.
Under the plan, the main gaming floor on level two will also be extended slightly through a partial infill of the atrium space.
The extension of the gaming floor will create new space to house the additional gaming product granted as part of the company’s agreement to build the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
“We decided to use this opportunity to look with fresh eyes at the SKYCITY atrium as a whole and to ask how we could improve the customer experience upon on arrival,’’ said COO New Zealand, John Mortensen.
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