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The new rooftop bar area will wrap around the outside of the existing Gowings Bar and Grill.

Concept Development Application documents have been filed to the City of Sydney Council by Event Hospitality and Entertainment detailing a major extension to the hotel and its facilities in line with the Council’s planned revitalisation of adjacent George Street.

The application proposes the construction of a new tower of up to 30 storeys wedged between the George Street frontage and the annexes of the State Theatre. QT Sydney plans to add 72 new hotel rooms across 13 storeys as part of the development, along with a conference centre and a rooftop bar catering to a maximum of 320 people, with office space to occupy the remaining 17 floors.

Subject to market conditions and approval processes, Event Hospitality said it expects the full project to take between 4-6 years to be completed. Demolition of the existing edifice at 468-472 George Street will include part of the construction project.

Event Hospitality and Entertainment Commercial Director, Mathew Duff, said the project was in the early stages of the approval process, with documents having been lodged in late August 2019.

“We continue to collaborate with the City of Sydney to deliver the City’s vision for the activation of the George Street Public Domain. The development will deliver a positive contribution to the public realm which enhances the existing heritage, entertainment, hospitality and retail characteristics of the Precinct.”

The bar design will see it wrap around the exterior of the existing façade, with an entrance available from the existing Level 2 reception area and enveloping the current Gowings Bar and Grill also operated by QT Sydney.