TFE Hotels is set to operate a new project in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct being developed by Hume Partners Property.

The new Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank will comprise 220 apartments and TFE Hotels CEO, Rachel Argaman, said the property was part of the ongoing expansion of the Adina Apartment Hotels brand in Australia and overseas.

“From a brand that started in Sydney in 1963, we now have 20 Adinas in Australia and 10 in Europe, plus a series of stunning new luxury lifestyle hotels set to open in the next five years in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra under the new Adina Grand umbrella,” she said.

“All Adina Apartment Hotels have beautifully designed spaces reminiscent of the comfort and feeling of belonging that guests have in their own homes – whether they are making a smoothie in their fully-equipped kitchen in the morning, hitting the gym and pool, or ordering in from one of the best neighbourhood restaurants via one of the delivery partners.

“They are strategically located in city precincts and offer access to curated and memorable experiences for guests and locals to eat, see, shop and play,” she said.

The new hotel is being developed using relatively new mass timber construction technology that will see the project attain new levels in sustainable design, and making it one of Australia’s tallest timber buildings.

The carbon-neutral timber product (CLT) that will be used is 30% lighter than steel and concrete, resulting in lower production and transport costs, and therefore reduced carbon emissions.

Designers Bates Smart say this presents an opportunity for the creation of a new paradigm in sustainable construction.

Hume Partners Property Managing Director, Scott Davies, said the innovation behind this project reflected the business’ values and philosophy.

“Achieving 220 apartments in CLT versus 135 rooms in traditional steel and concrete form enabled us to meet the requirements of the hotel market but to also be in a position to materially compress the construction program and leave existing commercial office tenants in situ whilst construction is undertaken,” he said.

The hotel’s new age construction technology with a curved curtain wall glass facade will complement the architecture of the existing building to create a landmark building in the Southbank precinct.

The building will feature a curved balcony, which will provide views from a spectacular pool area and gym towards the city.

The new hotel marks TFE Hotels’ continued expansion into the Melbourne market, where it has five hotels in the pipeline and where Argaman says the company sees a strong future, given the amount of investment and government activity in sports, arts and tourism.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management