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Iconic Aussie locations home to three key developments

An historic Blue Mountains hotel which lists royalty among its luminary visitors will be restored to its former glory as the first Radisson Collection property in Australasia.

The 1878-built Imperial Hotel was one of Australia’s earliest and best-known tourist hotels and saw Kings George V and VI among its list of high-profile guests.

The building will undergo extensive renovations and a collection of chalets will be built in its 1.85-acre grounds. A restaurant, lounge, bar, gastro-pub, fitness centre, ballroom and outdoor terrace will all feature in the heritage redevelopment.

Katerina Giannouka, Radisson Hotel Group’s Asia Pacific president, said: “The regional launch of the Radisson Collection, our newest brand, represents an important milestone in our Asia Pacific expansion strategy.

“Blending history with contemporary style and intuitive hospitality, this storied hotel is destined to become a genuine local landmark, whilst also complementing our existing hotels in Australia.

“We look forward to creating a vibrant epicentre for visitors and the local community in the Blue Mountains. This will write a new chapter in the tale of this Australian icon.”

Radisson Collection boasts a group of unique member hotels “united by certain qualities, including uncommon locations, distinctive design, deep connections with their destinations and a curated selection of local insider activities”.

Oval picks team

Built Environs has been named developer of a 138-room Adelaide Oval Hotel to be built onto the cricket ground’s existing structure.

Work on the $42 million project, which will be integrated into the Eastern Stand façade, will begin immediately with pre-fabrication work done off-and on-site construction activity due to begin in August ahead of major construction works scheduled after the end of the AFL season.

The building program is expected to be completed in mid-2020 before opening in September 2020 in time for the ICC T20 World Cup.

Adelaide Oval will be the first stadium in Australia to feature an integrated hotel, which will be built on two elevated pods following the external curves of the stadium façade so it doesn’t encroach on the parklands or the plaza.

The design is being overseen by COX Architecture and project managed by Mott MacDonald, the same team responsible for the award-winning redevelopment of Adelaide Oval.

Kakadu dreaming

Glamping village [email protected] opens in Kakadu this week, combining ‘bush’ accommodation with modern comforts.

Established in the grounds of Cooinda Lodge and Camping Ground, the village offers 20 permanent Outback Retreat tents and will operate all year round.

Along with ten glamping tents for couples, there are ten tents with a separate annex of bunk beds, for families and friend groups.

The new tents are built on an elevated platform to ensure year-round usability and minimal environmental impact.

The canvas tents have one solid wall, a glass front door and a deck with outdoor furniture. Air-conditioning, fan and bar fridge and USB charging ports feature along with premium bed linen, cabinetry, storage and occasional chairs.

Interiors have been designed to reflect the Kakadu bushscape and incorporate many Australian designed and hand-built elements, including locally produced Indigenous weaving and artwork.

Cooinda is Kakadu’s most established tourist centre located in the heart of Kakadu National Park, incorporating tourism attractions such as Yellow Water Cruises, Warradjan Cultural Centre and Spirit of Kakadu 4WD Adventure Tours.

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