Construction activities are gaining pace on site as the Mill Farm project emerges from a Queenstown winter and enters a period of improved spring weather and longer daylight hours. A major earthworks operation has been completed and much of the new golf course construction is also finished. The construction of underground drainage services and other infrastructure such as power, gas and telecommunications is now well underway. A key milestone has been reached as construction of roads begins with initial installation of below-ground road drainage and concrete kerbs.
In the initial earthworks phase, half a million cubic metres of earth was moved within the site. A carefully managed 'cut to fill' balance means all work has been carried out with material contained within the farm area, with topsoil stripped and stored before being re-spread in stages as bulk earthworks operations are completed.
Mill Farm's large upper plateau contains 24 sites boasting elevated panoramic views over fairways and pastoral lands to the wider basin. The lower slopes are home to a further 18 sites with north-facing outlooks over an enhanced Mill Stream and the last of the stunning new golf holes. Most of the sites are expected to sell for over $1million each.
Parts of Mill Stream have been widened to create larger waterways and enhanced wetlands. The new development retains a rural, agrarian style with over 20 hectares of working farmland retained for grazing and retention of a historic woolshed. The original 1860's farmhouse has been retained on the land, and will later have some sympathetic additions.
Signal Management Group is continuing its 13 year relationship with Millbrook and leads the Mill Farm project as project and construction manager.