Construction has started on a $15 million 4.5 star hotel on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Part of Stockland’s $880 million Oceanside Health Hub development, including a new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital and the recently opened Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, the new 80-room Best Western Plus Oceanside Kawana is expected to be completed by December 2015.

The hotel is being developed by Sunshine Coast-based group Triple B Hotels Pty Ltd, which has signed Best Western as the operating brand.

Best Western Australasia’s chief executive Rob Anderson said, “We anticipate the Best Western Plus Oceanside Kawana will open before the year’s end.

“This newly developed property will offer high quality deluxe to executive suites for short-term stays and visiting professionals attending conferences. It will help cater for families and workers visiting the Oceanside Health Hub medical precinct and support tourism growth for the greater Sunshine Coast region,” he said.

The four-storey hotel will feature a modern interior design in 80 generous-sized rooms, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, two conference rooms and secure car parking. It will occupy a 3,259-square metre site on the corner of Florey Boulevard and Shine Court. Free WiFi will be available for guests.