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Vibe Hotel
Darling Harbour Hotel Development

Client
ICON Oceania
Sector
  • Residential & Student Accommodation
Value
undisclosed
Completion
2016 - 2019
Services
  • Advisory,
  • Project Management

In 2016 ICON Oceania purchased two neighbouring warehouse buildings in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown precinct. Their plan was to demolish the existing buildings and develop a hotel which would capitalise on the growth around Darling Harbour and the International Convention Centre, and provide a much-needed boost to accommodation supply in the Sydney CBD.

Project Overview

The project has involved demolition of the warehouse buildings and the design and construction of a 4.5-star hotel that will include 145 rooms, a restaurant, gymnasium, and a rooftop pool and bar area.

Our Role

Root Partnerships was engaged by ICON Oceania to project manage all phases of the development, from running a design competition to the hand over to the operator at the completion of the construction phase. The project is currently in the construction phase and is on track to be completed in late 2019.

Key Challenge

The nature of the site, the City of Sydney Development Control Plan and the heritage classification of the existing buildings provided a number of challenges for the project team. To achieve development consent Root Partnerships, ICON Oceania and the design team worked up a strategy that would achieve the objectives set by the City of Sydney. As a result of the collaboration, the DA was granted within five months of its submission – an achievement regarded by all as significant and timely.