Construction began on the 97-key Quest Serviced Apartment property at Melbourne Airport this week (Oct 29), marked by an official sod-turning ceremony.
On-site for the ceremony, Quest Serviced Apartments Chairman Paul Constantinou said having quality business style accommodation in close proximity to the airport was a “logical next step for the company”.
“There are more than 14,000 people employed in roles supported by Melbourne Airport. Combine this with the 30 million people who pass through the airport each year, and there is a strong need for the quality accommodation that Quest supply,” he said.
“We make it our business to deliver capacity for growing markets, and are doing so by expanding our network significantly. In the next 12 months we are planning to open eight new properties. Commencing construction today here at Melbourne Airport is yet another milestone in our growth strategy,” Constantinou said.
Also on-site for the ceremony were: Andrew Weisz, General Manager Locations – Quest Serviced Apartments; Chris Woodruff – CEO Melbourne Airport; Linc Horton – General Manager Property, Melbourne Airport; and Jim Mercoulia – Merkon Constructions.
Woodruff, said the project would help to meet the growing demand for serviced accommodation from companies and organisations with operations at the airport, or were doing business with airport or aviation related companies located at Melbourne Airport.
“Providing more accommodation choice for people doing business at the airport, or are undertaking aviation training in the airport precinct, will support the future growth of these businesses in our local region,” he said.
The 97 room property, designed by Fenton Design Group and being constructed by Merkon Constructions, will compromise of studio, one-, two- and three- bedroom serviced apartments.
Apartments are fully equipped with a kitchen, laundry, Foxtel, LCD TV and WiFi.
Guests will have access to conference facilities, gymnasium, BBQ area and Quest services such as pantry shopping, dry cleaning, restaurant charge-back, baby-sitting booking and business administration.