Artists impression of the new Quest apartments on Collingwood St.

Nelson’s building boom

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Nelson’s construction boom is in full swing.

It seems a week can’t go by without another major building announcement and it’s happened again this week with two projects coming to light, a retail space next to Mitre 10 Mega and a new five storey apartment complex on Collingwood St.

That joins the proposed Farmers building in Wakatu Square, the proposed Tahunanui development, a new build for the Elim Church in Stoke (more on page 6) and the proposed community facility in Stoke (more on page 3) that have all been

Nelson mayor Aldo Miccio was gushing about all the activity and what it means for the city.

Construction firms are also happy. Ben Coman of Coman Construction says after a couple of lean years they have “plenty on”.

“There’s certainly been an upturn in the commercial sector. There’s probably a bit more confidence in the market place. We’ve been terribly quiet and there was limited commercial work around town but now we’ve got plenty of work and we’ve been advertising for more staff.”

Quest Serviced Apartments were granted resource consent earlier this month to build a five storey complex on Collingwood St. Mayoral candidate Rachel Reese says the development is great for the CBD. “The answer to a vibrant CBD is people.

What better than an international high profile accommodation provider right in the heart of the city?”

The development at Quarantine Rd, next to Mitre 10 Mega, dubbed Nelson Junction aims to bring 30 retailers to the site with construction due to start in the middle of next year.