Fiji Marriott Resort

Momi Bay

Location: Savusavu Road, Momi Bay, Nadi, Fiji

Client: Marriott ® International Hotels & Resorts

Architect: Buchan Group/CArch Studio Architects

Structural Engineer: HLKJacob

Builder: Fletcher Construction – South Pacific

Products Used: Curved Techlam ‘Tusk’ Beams, Columns

Date: 2016/17

Our Challenge

In November 2014, Fletcher Building was named as a construction partner in the redevelopment of Bridgecorp’s ill-fated Momi Bay resort – a contract worth approximately NZD $130 million.

The failed Fiji resort project that imprisoned fraudster Rod Petricevic and other Bridgecorp directors poured $106 million into Momi Bay was officially restarted by the country’s Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

FCC were appointed by the client, Fiji National Provident Fund to undertake remediation works and complete the 250-room hotel on Fiji’s main island Viti Levu in late 2014. Situated between Fiji’s two most popular resort areas, Denarau and the Coral Coast, Momi Bay offers luxury hotel style accommodation.

Techlam NZ became involved shortly afterwards Fletchers appointment and it soon became obvious that there was a lot of work to be done.

Our Solution

The resort was in a less than half finished state, and Techlam had to identify which parts of the structure had to be replaced, which parts could be kept and reinstated, and obviously the remainder that had never been manufactured.

Techlam worked closely with FCC-SP over many months coordinating the glulam members and arranging shipment. Some of the main tusks weighed several tonnes each and freight from NZ to site had to be managed carefully.

The finished resort looks stunning and includes three restaurants, two swimming pools, fitness and recreation centres, gift shops, tennis courts and a spa with eight treatment rooms, 114 free-standing bures and 136 standard rooms. 22 of the bures are overwater – the first man made lagoon based resort in Fiji. The resort created over 500 local jobs.

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The resort was in a less than half finished state, Techlam had to identify which parts of the structure had to be replaced, which parts could be kept and reinstated the remainder that had never been manufactured.


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