Parkroyal Melbourne Docklands groundbreaking

Victoria’s Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, and the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, have helped commemorate the start of construction of the Altus development in Melbourne’s Docklands, a building that will be home to a Parkroyal hotel.

The venture partners, Altus Developments and Digital Harbour Holdings through a 12-month design and development process overseen by Places Victoria, conceived this project.

Under the management of the venture partners the outcome of the development process will see the creation of a landmark building at the northern gateway to the Docklands precinct.

The 37-storey landmark tower is being designed by Moull Murray Architects and will offer 266 superbly appointed rooms under the hotel component.

Scheduled to launch in the second half of 2016 and spanning the first 18 stories of the Altus complex, the 4.5-star Parkroyal Melbourne will also a restaurant and lounge, gymnasium, lap pool and meeting spaces.

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Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s Area General Manager for Oceania, Craig Bond, said Melbourne had a special bond with the brand.

“The first Parkroyal hotel opened in Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria in 1962 [and] as the state of Victoria is the birthplace of the Parkroyal brand, Melbourne holds special significance to us,” he said.

“Adding diversity to our existing airport hotel in Melbourne and strengthening our local market presence, Parkroyal Melbourne and its prime location in Docklands makes it the perfect local companion for business and leisure travellers within the city.

“We are looking forward to delivering an unparalleled experience to the rapidly increasing numbers of interstate and overseas visitors to the World’s Most Livable City.

“There has been enthusiastic support for our three Parkroyal properties in Sydney and Melbourne, alongside Pan Pacific Perth since our entry into the Australian market four years ago.

“Australia will continue to be a vital part of our growth strategy and the Parkroyal brand will continue with further expansion not only in gateway and secondary Australian cities but also regionally,” he said.

David Napier, a Director of Digital Harbour, welcomed the involvement of the Parkroyal in the ongoing roll-out of the Digital Harbour precinct.

“This building will strengthen the links between New Quay to the west and the proposed future residential enclave of E-Gate to the north with the rapidly developing western edge of the CBD,” he said.

“Located just a few hundred metres from the on- and off-ramps of CityLink, The Altus will also be connected to Melbourne’s freeway network, within 15 minutes of Melbourne’s International airport and located within Docklands most accessible precinct at Digital Harbour.”

Pictured above at the ground breaking ceremony are: (L-R) David Napier, Digital Harbour; Soon Hup Neo, Pan Pacific hotels Group; Robert Doyle, Melbourne Lord Mayor; Craig Bond, Pan Pacific Hotels Group; Russell Nesbit, Digital Harbour; and Tony Gilbert, Altus Development.

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James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management