New Perth Venues, Hotels and Developments Coming Soon
– by Kaitlin Shawcross
Our city is always growing and changing. If you’ve been around the CBD lately you may have noticed some new developments in progress. Everything from new restaurants, hotels and residences are going up to accommodate for our expanding city.
Here’s a look at some of the exciting new Perth venues currently in progress.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Elizabeth Quay
On the banks of the Swan River, located between the Lucky Shag and the Bell Tower, work has begun on SKS Group’s DoubleTree by Hilton.
The 241-room hotel will sit on the Old Perth Port site and is likely to become a landmark on Perth’s foreshore.
The development will comprise a five-storey podium that will house the hotel reception, restaurants, meeting and conference spaces, operational facilities, corporate offices and two storeys of guest rooms.
The remaining guests rooms will be accommodated in a 13-storey tower above the podium.
Portions of the hotel will be built on pylons over the Swan River and all visitors will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Swan River and Perth cityscape.
The four-star Hilton hotel is scheduled for completion by September 2018.
Ritz Carlton, Elizabeth Quay
Easily one of the most anticipated and talked about projects happening right now is the commencement of construction on Perth’s very own Ritz Carlton.
The five-star hotel in Elizabeth Quay will bring luxury accommodation, dining, entertainment and retail options to Perth’s waterfront.
The 204-room Ritz Carlton Hotel will also be joined by 379 residential apartments as part of The Towers $400 million development.
Australian company Probuild have partnered with international developer Far East Consortium to deliver the project.
Round building shapes and floor-to-ceiling windows will capitalise on river views thanks to design by Cottee Parker Architects.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the construction of The Ritz Carlton at Elizabeth Quay marked the return of the prestigious hotel brand to Australia after a 10-year hiatus.
“This development will attract tourists and residents to enjoy the many features of Elizabeth Quay that have been enjoyed by more than two million visitors,” Mrs Faragher said.
“From the Liberal National Government’s $440 million investment, we expect to receive more than $230 million in land sales and attract a further $2 billion in investment as development of private buildings gets underway.”
The building will also have a six-star rating with the best possible acoustic, thermal, energy efficiency and water saving technology.
The project is being built by Australian company Probuild and is anticipated to open in 2019.
Westin Hotel, FESA House
The former FESA House site will be transformed into a 350-room five-star Westin Hotel in 2017.
Adding to Perth’s growing accommodation space, the Westin is the first in the city to be developed under the State Government’s hotel incentives policy.
“The hotel will deliver a massive boost for tourism, providing much needed rooms in Perth’s CBD for leisure and corporate visitors to Western Australia,” Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said.
The hotel will be built by BGC and operated by the Starwood Group.
In addition, the site will also support a mixed use and retail development that will include 30,000sqm of office space.
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On the Point, featuring Ku De Ta, East Perth
A new large function centre, specialising in corporate events, celebrations and weddings for up to 800 guests is earmarked for a prestigious Perth waterfront location at Point Fraser on Riverside Drive.
Anticipated to open in late November, the $60 million On the Point venue will house for the first time in Perth a unique hospitality hub of multiple venues, (including the Bali sensation Ku De Ta), boardwalks, a rooftop garden, play-ground and boat moorings.
If you’ve ever been to Bali then you’re probably familiar with Seminyak’s renowned beach club, restaurant and bar Ku De Ta.
Now Perth is set to get it’s own with the completion of On the Point Pier, of which Ku De Ta will be a feature tenant.
With a capacity for 850 patrons and three kitchen/food concepts, the venue will be a throng of activity during the warmer months.
Ku De Ta has a huge focus on fresh locally produced food and beverages and the new Perth venue will feature three different themed restaurants, each with its own kitchen, and three bars and cool DJ music compilations.
A dedicated kitchen team will also be on hand to cater for in house events.
Once completed, the venue will be a centre of activity in the heart of our city with the ability to cater for up to 2500 patrons in the many varied venues comprising family café, coffee shop, restaurants, function area and ballroom along with 700 patrons on the alfresco areas.
Site developer City Foreshore Investments have said visitors will be encouraged to take advantage of the many attractions and also come by boat, ferry or water taxi to make the river part of the experience.
Guests will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Swan River and spectacular sunsets over Kings Park and the Narrows Bridge.
Beaumonde Catering will be operating the Sky Lounge Bar, which has a capacity for 300 in lounge style seating, as well as the function centre and ballroom.
The On the Point hospitality precinct extends from the City of Perth car park through the lake, playground, parklands and amphitheatre and projects to a feature pier and boardwalk out over the Swan River.
Isle of Voyage, Elizabeth Quay
Opening its doors in September, Isle of Voyage is the inner city sibling to the original Voyage Kitchen in Hillarys. However, the look and feel of the Elizabeth Quay eatery is altogether completely different.
The owners have seemingly turned this into a more serious dining establishment than the chilled, beach vibe of Voyage Kitchen. Although it is still relaxed enough for a family coffee and cake catch up.
Visitors can grab fresh salads, cold pressed juices, woodfired pizzas from the alfresco pizza oven, decadent cakes, as well as a selection of cocktails and beer on tap.
The eatery is housed in the historic Florence Hummerston Kiosk, which was originally built in 1928 and has been painstakingly relocated and rebuilt on the Elizabeth Quay island.
The 250-seat facility boasts high ceilings, timber floors and bay windows, creating a quaint atmosphere for morning catch-ups, lunch dates or dinner plans.
Impressive city views can be enjoyed throughout the indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Isle of Voyage is open seven days, visit the website for more information: www.isleofvoyage.com.au
Fashion giant H&M will open its flagship Perth store in the beautifully historic General Post Office building in time for Christmas.
The popular Swedish chain opened its first WA store in Lakeside Joondalup last year and is set to mirror the success and feel of its Melbourne Burke Street shop, which was also a former post office.
It is understood the retailer will take the entire ground floor, first floor and a 400sqm basement to the delight of keen shoppers.
The opening is scheduled for mid-November – just in time for Christmas shoppers and New Year bargains.
The scheduled move in has resulted in a reshuffle within the building with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority shifting floors and the ground floor Post Office shop moving out.
The Towers, Elizabeth Quay
On plots nearest the bell tower two towers will rise to offer luxury waterfront living with 379 planned apartments.
Residents will have the choice of one, two or three-bedroom apartments and penthouses that will offer access to a range of lifestyle amenities including pools, gyms, lounges, cycle café and end-of-trip facilities, restaurants and cafes on the ground floor level, roof gardens and viewing amphitheatre.
The limited edition penthouses will range from one, two and three-level homes with the latter featuring their own private terraces and all will incorporate formal and informal living spaces.
All apartments will come equipped with winter gardens, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and adjustable glass windows.
Perhaps the biggest selling point is all residences will take advantage of the panoramic views with their large wall glass frontage in the living room.
Already underway, The Towers are expected to be completed in 2018 with expressions of interest being taken.
Channel 9 Perth HQ
Perth’s St Georges Terrace is now home of Channel Nine Perth..
The brand new facilities right in the heart of the city is near Chevron and QV1 at number 253, in a move that will sees the media organisation leave its Dianella home of decades.
Three new buildings will provide approximately 2500sqm of space and will include a fully digitised studio and an outdoor video wall.
The move will provide Perth city residents with the opportunity to be more involved with the company thanks to on site events and the chance to meet Channel Nine stars.
– Author – Kaitlin Shawcross
World Trade Centre Perth
With our ear always to the ground, we have received reports Perth will have a ‘World Trade Centre’ in the near future, with a consortium set to announce plans for residential and commercial towers in Perth in the coming weeks.
Potential sites for the development include the Megamart site in Northbridge on Beaufort Street, the East Perth Power Station (according to a 2014 report) or we speculate, possibly land near the new Perth Stadium owned by the State government.
World Trade Centres Holdings is a Cyprus incorporated organisation. We hear there will be an official announcement this year involving the WA Government and officials from the consortium. Watch this space.
One report earlier this year says the development would involve the construction of more than 1000 apartments, with at least two towers up to or over 200 meters high. There’s currently a World Trade Centre Perth webpage, with generic information about Perth and its history. According to the website, there are World Trade Centre developments across the middle-east and north Africa.