Adina Apartment Hotels is set to open a 220-room hotel in a purpose-built timber tower above a six-story office in Melbourne's Southbank area that will remain fully operational and tenanted during the hotel's construction.
The unique cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glass-clad structure is being developed by Hume Partners Property, the development arm of the wealthy Scanlon family.
The building, located on the south side of Melbourne's Yarra River near arts venues and Crown Casino, is part of an aggressive expansion by the TFE Hotels chain in Australia and overseas.
The new 14-story hotel has been designed by Bates Smart to sit atop an existing six-story office structure at 55 Southbank Boulevard, rising to a total height of 20 stories, or 74 meters. Hume Partners Director Scott Davies said construction would be carried out while the building below was fully occupied.
Davies added that the timber slabs, manufactured in New Zealand, would be lifted into place with an electric crane to limit noise impact on the office's staff during a speedy construction timetable.
The AU$125 million (US$94 million) structure will take 12 months to erect, but peak construction could see a floor added every four days. The building will also have modular bathrooms, manufactured off-site and pre-designed to slot into place and align with electrical and plumbing junctions. Once complete, it will be one of Australia's tallest timber buildings.
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