Melbourne Airport expects to complete a new dual-branded hotel by the end of next year, after commencing construction on the project this week.
The Fender Katsalidis-designed hotel is being delivered as a joint venture between the unlisted Australian Pacific Airports Melbourne and AccorHotels, delivering 464-guest rooms across two different brands, a four-star Novotel and three-star Ibis Styles, designed by global studio Woods Bagot.
The two new hotels will fill gaps in the airport's current offerings — the Parkroyal, Holiday Inn and Ibis budget — comprising 550 rooms, with the new Ibis Styles between its budget namesake and the Novotel slotting between the Holiday Inn and Parkroyal.
The 10-storey dual-hotel, which will also act as the centrepiece of a new $250 million mixed-use precinct called The Hive, will be located south of the current terminal buildings and will face a planned terminal five building that will be built next to the current terminal four.
The precinct will also feature a childcare facility to cater to the airport’s 20,000 strong workforce as well as 10,000sq m of new office facilities for the airport's existing Commonwealth government Border Force and Agriculture department clients.
The Hive is just one development planned by the airport, which with a 2,500-hectare footprint has the potential to become the country's largest business park.
The airport currently has a 415-hectare business park, of which 160 hectares remains vacant with scope for development into high-end service facilities or research precinct.
“This development will turn an under-utilised, accessible and high-quality urban site into a space that will bring economic and social benefit to the region through increased hotel accommodation, fantastic new recreational areas and employment opportunities,” Melbourne Airport chief of property Linc Horton said.
“We are excited to be working with Melbourne Airport on this significant development and thrilled to be embarking on another dual-branded hotel complex with our internationally recognised Novotel and ibis Styles brands,” Accor Pacific chief operating officer Simon McGrath said.
“With more than 650 flights in and out of Melbourne Airport every day, we’re confident that this hotel will quickly become a new destination in itself for passengers.”
According to its own forecasting, Melbourne Airport is headed towards 70 million travellers by 2038 which is double the 35 million passenger numbers recorded in 2016-17.
Fender Katsalidis director James Pearce said the new dual-hotel aims to be much more than a great hotel for those in transit.
“The hotel is going to act like a village centre and a gathering place to support the airport community in addition to travellers.”
The new Melbourne Airport property, due to open in 2021, will become the second dual-branded hotel to open in Australia following the opening this December of a joint Novotel and Ibis Melbourne Central.
A third dual-branded property, being delivered by InterContinental Hotels Group and featuring a combined Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn, is currently slated to open in 2022.