Cromwell and Pro-invest refine their Sydney hotel intentions

Cromwell and Pro-invest refine their Sydney hotel intentions
Cromwell and Pro-invest refine their Sydney hotel intentions

The last two weeks have yielded planning news on four separate hotel developments across Sydney, and that trend continues with two additional hotel developments on the agenda.

Sydney's general upswing in hotel accommodation is seeing thousands of new rooms either proposed or at construction over a multitude of sites. Looking to join the fray are Cromwell Property Group and established hotel developer Pro-invest Group.

Cromwell's hotel play encapsulates their existing twin tower office complex at Chatswood's 475-501 Victoria Avenue. The 6,030 square metre site includes a net lettable area of 24, 970 square metres over the two buildings, along with substantial underutilised spaces to major frontages.

It's these areas which Cromwell are looking to exploit with a $75 million build expected to deliver a new high-rise hotel and additional office space on the diagonally opposite corner.

Cromwell and Pro-invest refine their Sydney hotel intentions
Site aerial and intended ground plan. Images: Philip Chun / Nettletontribe

While the additional office area comes by way of a four level stand-alone building primarily fronting Victoria Avenue, project architect Nettletontribe has also added a 17-storey hotel development fronting Brown Street. 156 hotel rooms are included within the tower.

The 60.9 metre building also includes a variety of amenities such as a restaurant, gym, pool, bar and conference centre. The hotel's inclusion will also spark a major refurbishment and landscaping of the site's ground floor 

Cromwell's intentions to deliver a hotel on the Victoria Avenue site would see an eventual operator pitched into the busy Chatswood hotel sector; Quest, Sebel, Mantra, Meriton and Sikari currently have a presence in the suburb which is little more than 10 kilometres from Sydney's CBD.

Meanwhile, Mascot's 2-8 Sarah Street is drawing closer to development at the hand of Pro-invest Group.

Cromwell and Pro-invest refine their Sydney hotel intentions
View Robey Street and O'Riordian Street. Planning image: SJB

Already with a healthy backlog of hotel developments across Australia and New Zealand, the investment firm has taken the Mascot site back to planning with a redesign in place to accommodate operator Holiday Inn Express. SJB is responsible for the project's design.

The latest submitted plans seek an increase in hotel room numbers, expanding to 178, plus external facade changes which provide the development with a lighter, brighter exterior. Initial delivery timelines for the development had a completion date targeting the last quarter of 2019.

622 guests can be housed within the proposed hotel at any given time, further boosting the already strong short stay accommodation precinct adjacent to Sydney Airport. 

Owing to the demand in Mascot for hotel accommodation, Sydney Airport's owners are considering creating a portfolio of hotels on airport land, whilst developer Savelle earlier this year adjusted its Mascot mixed-use development to include 187 dedicated hotel rooms and suites.

Cromwell and Pro-invest refine their Sydney hotel intentions
Earlier site design for comparison's sake. Image: Pro-invest Group
Sydney Hotels Cromwell Property Group Pro-invest Group SJB nettletontribe


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