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Hobart waterfront revival in sight

VOS Group chairman Michael Vos has announced an agreement with Federal Group to operate a new, $35 million, 113-room hotel on Hobart’s waterfront.
The hotel complex, which will include spaces for restaurants and bars, is being developed at the Macquarie Wharf Shed 1 site and is expected to open in late-2015.
Mr Vos said the team that redeveloped the Henry Jones Art Hotel had been reformed to undertake the project and comprised Vos Construction as the developer and builder, Stanton Management Group as the project manager and renowned Hobart architect Robert Morris-Nunn.
“Getting the right hotel operator as our anchor tenant for this development was vital and following our experience with Federal Group in our Henry Jones development … we were keen to come to an arrangement with them here,” he said.
“In our opinion, they are the best hotel operators in Tasmania and they will offer an outstanding experience for Tasmanians and visitors alike.
“…We are confident we will be able to create another high-quality development for the Hobart waterfront which will become another landmark project.”
Mr Vos said the joint venture had a number of exciting opportunities for other hospitality and retail operators on the ground floor of the development which would help to make the Macquarie Wharf Shed 1 a “thriving tourism and hospitality precinct.”
“I also want to acknowledge the support we have received from our Liberal Government,” he said.
“As promised, they have waived the headworks charges for the new developments for two years which has made a huge difference in helping to make this project viable.
“In fact, that has given us the confidence to commit to two more development in Tasmania which I will talk more about over the coming months.
“We [also] sincerely thank TasPorts and the Hobart City Council for their support and assistance.”
Federal Group chief executive officer and managing director Greg Farrell said the company was absolutely delighted to be partnering with Vos, as well as the Stanton Management Group and Robert Morris-Nunn.
“Like Federal Group, Vos is a family-owned company with a strong commitment to Tasmania and a strong set of company values,” he said.
“So to have the opportunity to work together to deliver a 113-room premium hotel and hospitality venue on Hobart’s iconic waterfront – which is without a doubt one of the best locations for a premium hotel in Australia – is very exciting.”
Mr Farrell said the announcement was in line with Federal Group’s strategy of operating premium and luxury Tasmanian tourist experiences that have a strong link with their locations and history.
“While complementing our existing successful tourism ventures at Saffire-Freycinet and the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Macquarie Wharf Shed 1 will stand on its own feet and respect its own history and location.”
Federal Group general manager – tourism Matt Casey said the new hotel would provide an authentic luxury experience for tourism.
“Along with a luxurious setting and excellent hospitality, the hotel will offer guests an educative and emotional connection to the Hobart waterfront,” he said.
“In coming months we will be working with the Tasmanian community to capture the stories of some of the great Tasmanian characters that helped shape this place.
“This is exactly the type of experience that visitors to our state are seeking.”
Mr Casey said the hotel’s interior design would be linked to the concept of “place” through the use of bespoke Tasmanian design, eclectic Tasmanian artefacts and iconic furniture.
He said textured fabrics would be incorporated and a mix of furnishing and artefacts employed to add warmth to the reclaimed timber and steel.
“Vos Construction and Robert Morris-Nunn will add repurposed material that connects to the past but creates a luxurious and evocative design,” he said.
“There will be expanses of glass in the hotel’s foyer, restaurant and lounge bar to take advantage of the amazing view over the waterfront to the cove, city and mountain beyond.
“The 113 suites will offer our guests the latest creature comforts, generous open spaces and premium produce.”
Mr Casey said the Macquarie Wharf Shed 1 would utilise state theatre and entertainers to inject energy and a dynamic atmosphere to the public spaces.
“Our ultimate goal is that Macquarie Wharf Shed 1 will represent the next evolution of boutique metropolitan hotels which encourage a greater understanding of place through the celebration of people and produce,” he said.

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