“This is a bold transformation of Melbourne’s skyline that will build on our state’s reputation as the nation’s leader for tourism,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.
The development on the site of the old Queensbridge Hotel in Southbank is a 90-storey, six-star hotel which will feature 388 hotel rooms, visitor attractions and 708 residential apartments.
The project is expected to create up to 3,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase, which will include positions for apprentices who are trying to complete their training. A further 1,000 jobs will also be supported once the hotel is operational.
“Four thousand jobs will be created by this project in yet another sign of confidence in Victoria as the state of momentum,” The Premier said.
Artist impression - street level of the development (source: The Age)
With this project, an estimated $2.1 billion in economic benefits is expected to be injected into the State.
The Victorian Government has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the project developers – Crown and Schiavello – give back to the State, with a community benefits package worth $100 million. The package will include:
- A $25 million upgrade to Queensbridge Square, including landscaping and two new cafes
- A further $15 million for the Sandbridge Rail Bridge
- Landscaping and public realm improvements on Southbank Boulevard, including a new bike strip
- Street furniture and additional trees along Queensbridge Street, and better connectivity with Freshwater Place
“This is a great outcome for Victoria. It’s jobs and economic windfall for the state, and the community benefits package will be great news for this iconic part of Melbourne.
“We get things done in Victoria – that’s why businesses have the confidence to invest here, helping to create thousands of jobs,” said Minister for Planning Richard Wynne.
Construction on the WilkinsonEyre-designed development is hoped to commence in 2018, taking approximately six years to complete.
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