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Lakunbut Village Hotel, Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea
160 Room Accommodation Facility Plus 22 Villas
During the GFC period PTI was fortunate to work extensively on the New Guinea island of Lihir. This is an island that is some 2 hours by plane from the main island which has one of the worlds biggest gold mines. Our tasks were essentially 2 fold : 1/ to create quality accommodation to assist to attract and cater for engineers and other professional staff, including for executives their families, mainly from Australia to work on the island. 2/ to assist the island’s indigenous people to both work in association with the Mining company in charge of the mine and to at the same time provide infrastructure that it could benefit from after the mining had finished.
Our work included the design of a major accommodation village that would be used for mining staff initially and would then become a hotel. Inherent in this task was to showcase the special pleasures of the island. For this we note that New Guinea is one of the great frontier tourism countries of the world. Many tourists already travel up the Sepik River to see and experience the life and culture of the New Guinea hill tribe peoples and elsewhere tourists travel to see the beautiful islands of New Guinea complete with their very rich and spiritual cultures, their diving, big game fishing, surfing and trekking and to experience the special warmth and hospitality of its people.
In 2009 PTI won an International Design Award in the annual CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards for this project.
Our other work was to design a new main township for the island.
With a changing circumstances on the island the project did not proceed.
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