Place Development, GPA and Sirona Capital to redevelop Lodge site in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 21 May 2021 ASIA BUILDINGS

The Government of Western Australia (WA) has selected a consortium comprising Place Development, GPA and Sirona Capital to redevelop Rottnest Island's Lodge site.

The A$40m proposal from these companies includes 94 rooms, a day spa, restaurant, kiosk, beach lounge, coffee shop, bar. Other amenities are a new pool as well as onsite staff accommodation.

WA selected the consortium as the preferred proponent for the Lodge redevelopment after the opening of Discovery Rottnest in 2019 and Samphire Rottnest last year.

The development has been designed by Fremantle architect Spaceagency and will comprise a combination of new buildings to integrate with the natural environment.

It will also include upgrades to buildings including the Lakeside Villas and accommodation within the former Boys Reformatory that currently exist.

The project will also include creation of a series of landscaped gardens to improve the area's open spaces and provide an area for public gatherings.
Before the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) considers the proposed design, it will be advertised for public comment.

The Heritage Council conditionally endorsed the design guidelines for the redevelopment which were used to guide the development proposal.

Tourism Minister David Templeman said: “The design incorporates a series of gardens set around the buildings known as the 'Gathering Ground', which will be used as a social hub where guests, island visitors and tour operators are welcomed and able to meet, start a tour, or to just relax and take in the natural surrounds.

“This exciting redevelopment planned for Rottnest will help to stimulate the Island by attracting new visitors, offering regular visitors new accommodation with a range of affordable and boutique options while providing new visitor experiences and amenities.”

Expressions of interest were sought by RIA to redevelop the Lodge in March last year, following which six respondents were shortlisted and invited to submit detailed proposals.

The leasehold of the Lodge site is expected to be assumed by Place Development on 31 May next year once the current lease with the Karma Group expires.

The Lodge redevelopment is anticipated to start in the middle of next year, with completion set to occur in 2025.

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RIA called for expressions of interest to redevelop the Lodge in March last year. Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay.

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