Melbourne-based developer Capital Alliance has taken a step closer to delivering its vision to create a landmark destination hotel in Docklands after signing a deal that will bring the first new-build Marriott hotel to Australia in almost 20 years. The hotel will operate under Marriott International’s flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand.
The hotel will be included in a proposed landmark integrated mixed-use development at Waterfront Way atop Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Waterfront City, and will feature a resort facility complete with rooftop infinity pool, bar area and dining open to the public.
The $250 million Docklands development, which is subject to planning approvals, proposes approximately 200 hotel rooms and 260 residential apartments across 36 levels.
Capital Alliance managing director and founder Mohan Du said the proposed project would be one of Australia’s most significant mixed-use complexes and a landmark for Melbourne and international tourism.
He said extensive consultation had been undertaken to ensure the project responds to stakeholder needs and delivers a positive outcome for Docklands and Victoria.
“We are extremely proud to be able to deliver yet another hotel project to Melbourne. We believe that mixed-use developments are the right direction for development in our city and provide the stimuli Docklands needs to flourish,” he said.
“Our vision is to deliver a hotel and apartment project that will be celebrated and draw tourists both internationally and locally to the area.
“We envisage the rooftop amenities will provide a unique experience and complement a range of amenities in the building that will be open to both residents, guests and the general public.”
With approximately 500 jobs to be created during the development process and 100 permanent jobs once complete, the project aims to contribute to the growing vibrancy of the broader Docklands precinct and transform it into a 24 hour activated tourism and residential area.
Raj Menon, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) for Marriott International, said: “We’re really excited to be working alongside Capital Alliance. Melbourne is fast becoming one of the most popular travel destinations throughout the world. The vibrant culinary scene and unique culture makes this property an ideal addition to our Australian portfolio of properties. Australia will continue to be a vital part of our growth strategy and the Marriott brand will continue with further expansion in 2016.”
James Doolan, Marriott International’s Regional Vice President Hotel Development added: “Capital Alliance has quickly established a track record of high-quality projects in Melbourne. We welcome and share Capital Alliance’s vision of a truly international standard hotel in Docklands.
“The hotel product will be exceptional and the rooftop infinity pool is going to be a unique experience in Melbourne. As the first new-build Marriott hotel in Australia for some time, we look forward to showcasing a number of recent innovations that enable Marriott guests to ‘Travel Brilliantly’.’’
Michael Moss, Principal at AsheMorgan, the owners of Harbour Town said: “We are confident that the introduction of this prestigious brand will instill further confidence throughout the overall precinct and to our retailers as the evolution continues.”
Simon Wilson, General Manager Precincts at Places Victoria, the State Government Master Developer of Docklands, said the Marriott hotel would be a welcome addition to the emerging hotel offer in Docklands.
“There is a real demand for hotel accommodation within Melbourne and this hotel will help service the many people looking for accommodation in Docklands, be they tourists or business travellers,” Mr Wilson said.
“Securing the first new-build Marriot hotel in nearly two decades is testament to the capabilities of Capital Alliance and the demand for quality hotel accommodation in the precinct.
The new Marriott hotel would be the second hotel to be constructed by Capital Alliance in Docklands, with the five star M Docklands currently under construction.