Hotel goes the whole nine yards

Duxton Hotel general manager Bruce Doig and architect Ross Sta Maria .
Duxton Hotel general manager Bruce Doig and architect Ross Sta Maria .

Mr Doig said the proposal, which has planning approval, would add a 500-seat ballroom, conference rooms, another 126 rooms, a day spa and rooftop bar.

‘It is a massive project, and with the additional rooms and function space, it would triple our business,’ he said.

‘It has an approximate cost of $120-$130 million.’

Mr Doig said adding nine levels on to an existing hotel had never been done in Perth before and would take advantage of uninterrupted views of the Swan River.

He said the development was waiting for the owner’s consent to go ahead, but would cater for a growing Perth market.

‘Perth is still growing at a huge pace,’ Mr Doig said.

‘The facilities have to be there to cater for that demand and we are trying to take the lead.

‘There are obviously other hotel developments in the wind and that is fantastic, but some people love this sort of hotel and we need to create more facilities to become more competitive, change our market and attract a better clientele, especially on the conference market.’

Designer Ross Sta Maria, who is working in partnership with Rad Architecture and Impressions on the design, said the extensions would also change the outlook of St Georges Terrace.

The additional floors will mean the building will tower over nearby buildings, including Council House.

Inside the hotel, the newly renovated restaurant, chandeliers in the foyer and room renovations, including new lighting, beds, carpet and bedding, suggests what is to come in the expansion.

‘We need to be up there with the best hotels in the world, so apart from technologies, it’s about introducing the warm and fuzzy feeling,’ Mr Sta Maria said.

If the owners approve the development, Mr Doig said the extension could be finished by the end of 2016.