Major hotel developments proposed for Hobart CBD

SINGAPOREAN developer Fragrance Group Limited is planning two major hotel projects in Hobart which, if approved, will be the two tallest buildings in the city.

Fragrance currently has a 296-room hotel development under construction in Macquarie Street and is now proposing to build a 495-room hotel in Collins Street and an approximately 400-room hotel in Davey Street.

The Davey Street project will comprise 35 storeys and rise to a height of more than 120-metres, with the Collins Street development to be 20 storeys high, standing at 75-metres.

The combined projects, which are being designed by Tasmanian architectural firms S. Group and X Squared, will take Fragrance Group’s investment in Hobart to more than $250 million, with a further residential and hotel development in Elizabeth Street also in the early stages of planning.

Fragrance Group principal James Koh said he was excited to submit the two development proposals.

“Hobart is a great location and Tasmania offers wonderful investment prospects,” he said.

“Fragrance is confident the proposed hotels will have a positive impact on the visitor and conference markets and add significantly to Tasmania’s economic growth.

“We will promote the hotels and Tasmania extensively in Asia and open up new and valuable tourism markets for the state.”

It is estimated that the proposed new developments will generate direct and indirect employment of more than 1200 new jobs during construction and ongoing employment of up to 1000 full time jobs.

The ongoing input to the Tasmanian economy is estimated at $100 million a year.

The five-star hotel at 28-30 Davey Street will provide visitor accommodation, function facilities, retail outlets, restaurants, a day spa and pool facilities, as well as a range of community benefits and amenities including a dedicated high-level viewing gallery for use for functions and public events, with priority given to the local community.

X Squared director Peter Scott said the development’s design would reinstate views across the Sullivans Cove waterfront from Franklin Square, which were currently obstructed by the present buildings on the site.

“In concert with the development, Fragrance Group is ensuring the realisation of a long-held vision for Hobart — a skybridge,” he said.

“The skybridge will provide dedicated foot access from the city to the waterfront and to Salamanca Place by proposing a pedestrian link across Davey Street from Franklin Square that will be open to the community 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.”

S. Group director and senior architect Sam Haberle said the four-star hotel at 2-6 Collins Street would comprise a restaurant, bar, pool and spa facilities, as well as a 1000-seat conference room with associated breakout facilities.

“The critical mass of the hotel is directly related to the conference facility, which will allow Hobart to host large national and international conferences,” he said.

“This is a need industry groups have been seeking to address for some time, with current ageing facilities struggling to meet demand.”

The project also includes tourist coach parking facilities currently not available in the Hobart CBD.

The site is said to provide “a rare opportunity” to activate the lower end of Collins Street and offers a strategic “stepping stone” onto Macquarie Point via a pedestrian bridge across the Brooker and Tasman Highways, with Fragrance willing to contribute up to $1 million for its establishment.

Caption: An artist’s impression of the Fragrance Group’s proposed hotels at 28-30 Davey Street, left, and 2-6 Collins Street in Hobart. Images: supplied.

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