High-end hotel for Perth’s Elizabeth Quay

An amalgam of developers called Perth Waterfront Hospitality has proposed a 10-storey hotel overlooking the Swan River in Perth.
It is the first proposal lodged for the West Australian government’s $2.6 billion Elizabeth Quay project.

Perth Waterfront Hospitality has proposed a four to five-star hotel with 230 rooms, two bars and four other F&B outlets. The hotel would also have 435m² of commercial and office space. Architects for the project are Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland, one of Western Australia’s most successful architects that is part of the Australian architectural giant Cox Architecture.

Public submissions on the hotel proposal close on February 11.

The WA government’s $2.6 billion Elizabeth Quay project is on 2.7ha of land on Perth’s Riverside Drive and expressions of interest for the first phase of the project, which includes lots between the eastern side of an artificial inlet and Barrack Street, closed late last year. When completed, Elizabeth Quay will comprise a small harbour on the Swan River surrounded by a promenade and tall buildings abutting Perth’s CBD.

Earlier this month, Leighton Contractors and a subsidiary won the $200 million public works contract to build the inlet and surrounding promenade as well as an island at Elizabeth Quay.

It is believed that several companies are looking to address the soaring demand for hotel rooms in Perth and new apartments. Perth accommodation providers enjoy Australia’s highest occupancy levels and an estimated 1900 new guest rooms are needed now in the city.

A WA government spokesperson said that there had been a good response from private developers, including from overseas, to build on two separate sites on the waterfront during the expressions of interest campaign. Last year, the WA government approached hotel operators in Singapore and Hong Kong in the hope of securing a high-end development for the Elizabeth Quay project.

Brookfield and Leighton Properties are both thought to be interested. Leighton Properties is already taking part in the development of the nearby Perth City Link project. It is also building an 11-storey block at Kings Square.

WA planning minister John Day confirmed, “A strong response has been received from a mix of local, national and international developers and investors in the final stage of the two-stage competitive bid process.”

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