Following the expression of interest process that involved two separate rounds City of Newcastle representatives settled on a development that would generate new investment momentum.
“The existence of a five-star hotel complete with a light rail station immediately across from it, will finally create the thriving cultural precinct our city has longed for,” Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
The five-star hotel will feature 136 luxury rooms, lobby bar, cafe with outdoor terrace and a new roof top with restaurant, swimming pool and gymnasium.
It will also overlook Civic Park, the harbour and Merewether from its upper floors as well as stimulating the local tourism industry.
“Just as the hotel will boost the Civic and Honeysuckle, the exodus of bureaucrats to the West End in August will lend impetus to plans to make it the new CBD, next to the Newcastle Interchange,” City of Newcastle chief executive Jeremy Bath said
“As part of associated plans, Birdwood Park and Parry Street West will be overhauled as Newcastle’s new civic centre and Wickham will be overhauled as part of a detailed Masterplan by the City.”