Melbourne-based developer Little Projects has awarded a $105 million construction contract for its Hyatt Centric-branded hotel in Melbourne CBD to builder Hickory Group.
The Architectus-designed Hyatt Centric Melbourne, will be located in the south-west corner of the city on Downie Street and will join 20 Hyatt Centric-branded hotels worldwide with soon-to-open hotels in Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru.
Little Projects purchased the site for $28.6 million in 2017 with an existing permit but amended the design to instead offer a hotel within the approved envelope, which was approved in April last year.
Hickory, an experienced builder within Australia’s hotel space, with current builds including the New Chadstone Hotel and Peppers King Square, will deliver the 280 guest room hotel, the second under the Hyatt Centric brand to be built in Australia.
The 5-star hotel will feature a pool, gym and steam room, convention and conference facilities, a restaurant and a rooftop bar offering views of Melbourne’s famed Yarra River and Southbank.
Little Projects construction director Paris Lechte said Little Projects appointed Hickory due to their innovative approach and proven ability to deliver high quality buildings.
“Hickory is at the forefront of innovative construction methodology and has patented its own building technology, which allows them to maximise productivity, with quality and safety on site of paramount importance,” Lechte said.
Hickory and Little Projects have a close working relationship, delivering a number projects, including ILK South Yarra and Central South Yarra.
“The Hyatt Centric brand encourages exploration and discovery with each hotel serving as a launch pad for adventurous guests to immerse themselves in a destination,” Hyatt vice president Robert Dawson said.
“Hyatt Centric Melbourne is designed to reflect Melbourne’s cosmopolitan vibe, vibrant street culture and rich history, and inspire guests to venture out and explore the neighbourhood.”
The full-service lifestyle hotel, which is expected to open in 2020, follows the addition the Hyatt Centric Hobart earlier this year and the opening of the Hyatt Centric Ginza in Tokyo in 2018.