A shortage of hotel-style accommodation has long been an issue in Rockingham, with politicians including Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan lobbying for many years to |attract a chain to the area.
On October 8, 2012, Diploma announced it had received development approval to build a $24 million, seven-level serviced 48-unit Quest Service Apartments building, which would be on a 10-year lease with further options.
Despite construction being expected to commence in early 2013, with completion by late this year, the block at 24 Flinders Lane, next to the Rockingham Museum, has remained empty.
Diploma Properties general manager Armando Rossi told the Courier the delay was not due to lack of interest in the project, but because the company was planning to expand on its initial plan and also build a 72-unit residential development on the block next door.
‘Diploma is progressing with the design and documentation of the project in order to submit drawings for building licence,’ he said.
‘The project consultant team led by Danny Jones, from MacDonald Jones Architects, is working towards finalising all documentation for submission to the City.
‘Diploma has looked at the entire landholding and has been working towards submitting a development application on the adjoining lot, which we currently own.’
A development application relating to the 72-unit development has been submitted and is with the City of Rockingham for consideration and comment. He said Diploma was ‘keen to commence on site as soon as possible’, and was working towards starting site works in the first quarter of 2014.