National retailer Carpet Court required a new retail and warehouse space for their Queenstown store. With land in Queenstown at a premium, an option to sublease part of the building to a separate tenant was part of the design request.

This project was Tuatara’s first full retail build, and an additional challenge within this lay in having to comply with Carpet Court’s national brand guidelines. The end result was a turn-key design and build solution which met both Carpet Court and the QLDC’s stringent regulations.


Building in Queenstown is always a challenge, due to strict regulations from the QLDC. With car parking requirements, landscaping percentages and high site coverage to consider to start, there was a clear design challenge to meet.

However, on top of this, Tuatara had a set of national brand guidelines to adhere to for our first full retail build. Plus, our client requested we future-proof the design by including a second, separate space that could be sub-let if required.


The ground floor of the final building was comprised of a large retail and warehouse space, along with storage, toilets and an office. The warehouse can be accessed by roller doors, for the easy loading and unloading of stock. Additionally, a second entrance was included to offer a separate entry point for potential sub-lessees.

A second storey for the offices and amenities, which could also be leased separately, completed the project. A large patio on the first floor provided a place for staff to relax and take in views of the picturesque surrounds.

Finally, nine car parks were fit onto the site, along with some minimalist landscaping to soften the building’s frontage.


670m2 – including a 430m2 ground floor and 240m2 of first-floor offices and amenities

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