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Seashell Cove Resort To Undergo $35m Redevelopment

Plans are in the pipeline to redevelop the Seashell Cove Resort into a five-star resort. Its new owner, the Pandey Hotel Corporation, plans for demolition work to start in October.
30 Jul 2016 07:06
Seashell Cove Resort To Undergo $35m Redevelopment
The old Seashell Cove Resort expects an upgrade. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Plans are in the pipeline to redevelop the Seashell Cove Resort into a five-star resort. Its new owner, the Pandey Hotel Corporation, plans for demolition work to start in October. ahead od construction beginning early in the New Year.

The project is estimated to cost $35 million including the earthworks, demolitions and reconstruction.

The corporation is owned by the Pandey family who originated from Singapore and moved to Auckland, New Zealand.

The proposed site known as the Pandey Momi Bay Project is located adjacent to the Fiji Marriott Resort development in Momi Bay.

This has been highlighted by Pacific Architecture Limited/CDA Pacific director, Brett Taylor.

Mr Taylor said works on the project is expected to start at the beginning of 2017 and will take around 18 months for completion.

There would be 125 rooms with separate villas of which 18 would be duplex.

Mr Taylor said the proposed development will support and boost the tourism industry, contributing to the marketability of Fiji as a tourist destination.

“It’s internationally branded and from a Fijian point of view, it’s definitely going to provide nothing but more growth for the country,” he said.

This project will also provide employment opportunities to local communities and industries.

According to Mr Taylor, the new owners bought the resort at the end of 2014 and have since owned it.

He said they are putting two new four-level buildings on top of the existing back rooms of the resort.

 

Consultations

An Environmental Impact Assessment public consultation was held this week at the Restaurant, in Seashell Cove Momi.

EIA Scope Pacific Limited senior planner/director, Jacqueline Hughes, said the consultation is to provide explanation of what is involved in the process.

This, she said, is to describe the potential environmental impacts of the proposed development activity to the communities and stakeholders.

“Including the communities concerns and issues and information about the proposed site and its surroundings,” Ms Hughes said.

 

Project Time Frame

Once they have launched all the planning applications and so forth, then they will proceed on to develop the design plans.

Mr Taylor said they are hoping in terms of the project plan, the documentation would be ready for launch next month

“During that period of time, we’ll be launching an outline application with the department of town and country planning,” he said.

“We’re hoping that we can get the contractor to start the demolition works probably by late October this year.

“Most of the accommodation will be at the back of the resort and the small villas will be put up the front on the beach.”

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