Crown Melbourne to add 90-storey six-star hotel to casino precinct

Crown Melbourne to add 90-storey six-star hotel to casino precinct

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The James Packer-owned Queensbridge hotel tower will reportedly cost $1.5bn and employ 3,000 people during its construction phase

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James Packer’s Crown Melbourne is adding a luxury six-star hotel tower to its Southbank casino precinct.

British architects Wilkinson Eyre won the contest to design the hotel, which will feature 388 rooms and a publicly accessible restaurant, lounge and garden terrace at the top of its 317-metre glass tower.

“Wilkinson Eyre have designed a beautiful and elegant building that is destined to be an important addition to the 9club Melbourne skyline,” Packer said in a statement on Monday.

Crown chief executive Rowen Craigie said the project will add 3,000 jobs during construction, with 1,000 permanent positions following on completion.

“The development will also assist Melbourne in attracting more high net worth tourists, reinforcing the city’s appeal as a destination for important international conferences, sporting and cultural events,” he said.

The proposed Queensbridge hotel tower is subject to planning approval, financing and the finalisation of long-form joint venture documentation between Crown and partner Schiavello Group.

The Herald Sun reports the 90-storey tower will cost $1.5bn.

The tower would be taller than Eureka Tower in Southbank, which is 297m high, and five metres shorter than the Q1 tower on the Gold Coast.

Stephen Mayne, a Melbourne city 9club councillor, said the development may be hindered by state government planning laws and height limits, and federal government restrictions as to the height of buildings permitted under flight paths.

“The general message that has gone out is that you shouldn’t be building above 250m because of the flight path restrictions,” Mayne told ABC radio on Monday morning.

“So obviously something above 300m and taller than the Eureka tower would be an interesting one for the 9club Turnbull government and the aviation regulators, as well as the other issues associated with the size of the proposal that the state government and council will need to consider.”


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