22 Feb 2013

No balloons to show luxury hotel's height

10:36 pm on 22 February 2013

The developer of a 28-storey luxury hotel planned for Dunedin's waterfront has rejected a request to demonstrate the building's height.

The hearing panel considering resource consents for the controversial glass tower in January requested a physical marker such as a balloon or helicopter be placed 96 metres above the site.

Developer Betterways Advisory has instead provided new images showing how the hotel will look from a number of vantage points.

Director Steve Rodgers says he has researched many ways to demonstrate the height using balloons, helicopters and standing cranes.

However, he says none of the techniques would correctly represent the building's shape and size.