Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge, NT Client:
Nitmiluk Nominees Pty Ltd Contract Value:
$7M Completion Date:
January 2013 Referees:
Clive Pollack, Nitmiluk Tours
The $7 million Sitzler designed and built Cicada Lodge Eco Tourist Accommodation development is located at Katherine Gorge, in the heart of Nimiluk National Park, NT.
The development comprises of 18 exclusive, sustainably designed large one bedroom eco units with a finish and design sympathetic to its surrounds. The units are linked, via an elevated natural timber walkway, to a Central Amenities building inclusive of dining, bar and luxurious pool facilities for the exclusive use of its guests. As a result, Cicada Lodge takes full advantage of the excellent vista of its unfettered proximity to the Katherine River.
Sitzler developed a series of broad concepts for its client and undertook feasibility analysis of each. The final design solution was chosen as it met all of the clients goals in the areas of eco friendliness, cost, quality and operational efficiency.
Remotely located form Katherine, Sitzler established a stand alone construction camp accommodating 16 beds and a dining/living area to serve the project. Extensive negotiations with the Department of the Environment and Parks NT was undertaken to ensure impact to the natural environment from construction activities was minimized. Sitzler and its team adopted this minimal impact approach to all facets of the project which included elevation of the building structure from the natural ground surface and the use of off site prefabrication of much of the building components. The project also makes use of natural material of timber and rock to create its finishes.
With an original contract completion date of 30th April 2013, Sitzler with the co-operation of all stakeholders was able to successfully deliver this development with early completion being realized on 1st March 2013.