Sydney reloads for two additional hotel projects

Sydney reloads for two additional hotel projects
Mark BaljakJune 18, 2018

Only last week highlighted two new hotel-based proposals for Sydney.

The dose has been repeated this week with two additional new hotel developments also intending to make their mark on the Harbour City. In addition to an application within inner city Haymarket, a new application has also emerged adjacent to the Westmead medical precinct.

Closer to the CBD, a $50 million development bid was lodged during May for the purposes of replacing a Haymarket car park with a 15 storey hotel. InterContinental Hotels Group revealed its intentions for the site at the turn of April, nominating Hotel Indigo as the operator of choice for the complex.

Sydney reloads for two additional hotel projects
Hay Street perspective. Planning image: Bates Smart

Garden Development No. 1 Pty Ltd is backing the Bates Smart-designed tower which would cantilever over the existing and historically delicate Corporation Building. The new hotel scheme replaces approved plans for a student accommodation tower which was to have included 160 rooms.

Instead, the project is now slated to include 168 hotel rooms plus a café/bar, gym and rooftop terrace.

The hotel is expected to benefit from an ongoing relationship with Gallery 4A which occupies the Corporation Building, resulting in a rotating art display on the hotel's soffit which would be visible from surrounding streets.

The soffit of the cantilever is celebrated as a canvas, a large-scale piece of urban art visible from surrounding streets, enhancing the entertainment precincts liveliness. This is public art as Urban Theatre.

Sydney reloads for two additional hotel projects
Street level interface. Planning image: Bates Smart

Meanwhile, plans for a substantial mixed-use tower were lodged earlier this month for a site opposite Westmead Railway Station and in close proximity to the Westmead medical precinct.

Hovey Urbis Pty Ltd intends to clear 24-26 Railway Parade in order to deliver a 16 level tower consisting primarily of 97 hotel rooms. 33 apartments and 112 car parking spaces within a 4 level basement are also included within the Sissons Architects-designed project.

The tower's top six levels are dedicated toward private apartments, with the lower levels absorbing the hotel accommodation. Underlining the mixed-use nature of the project is a supermarket, gym, tavern and medical centre which are located within the podium.

Few exceptions aside, the bulk of hotel accommodation servicing the Westmead area is based in neighbouring Parramatta. Hovey Urbis Pty Ltd will invariably be looking to tap into the medical related short term accommodation market.

Sydney reloads for two additional hotel projects
Westmead's latest proposal. Planning image: Sissons

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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