The Westin Darwin Hotel is progressing, community will have the opportunity to view the design development for the Hotel at community information sessions this Saturday between 10am and 2pm and on Monday between 5:30 pm and 7:30pm at the Charles Darwin University Waterfront Campus on Kitchener Drive.
“Our vision for the Westin Darwin Hotel is to create an iconic tropical hotel, a hotel that is uniquely Darwin, embodying the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Northern Territory; a gateway to the natural wonders that draw visitors to the Territory.” said Andy Payne, Project Director, Landbridge.
From inception, through construction and operation, the Westin Darwin Hotel will create opportunities for Territorians. It will boost the economy, be a drawcard for high-end business and leisure visitors and give Darwin a significant edge in the lucrative business conference market.
The project will connect the city to the water, through a skywalk completing the Waterfront precinct as Darwin’s premier destination for leisure and lifestyle, and complementing the unique natural environment of Darwin. The hotel is a building of its environment, designed to allow guests to comfortably experience the dramatic skies and shifting weather patterns of the Top End and features:
- a multi-functional sea wall with a fully accessible waterfront public pathway along the complete length of the site will also provide protection to the development from storm surge
- lush tropical landscaped grounds with water features to create cool shaded grounds which complement the Hotel’s terraces, breezeways and verandas which maximise views over the water
- function and events areas designed to maximise views over the water including an executive lounge and ball room
- a resort style rooftop pool
- an iconic restaurant, bar and a Westin luxury spa open to the public
- a façade which includes the use of natural elements comprising metal, timber and stonework in a contemporary design which is reflective of the Darwin escarpment and surrounding heritage buildings.
The project also includes a skywalk, featuring:
- connections from the CBD to the Western (Goyder Park) end of the Waterfront and to the rooftop facilities of the Hotel, including the rooftop restaurant, bar and spa
- spectacular 360° aerial and water views, drawing on existing Hughes Avenue heritage features
- a redesign of Hughes Avenue, resulting in one-way traffic flow inbound, to create an enhanced, shared pedestrian area, with wider pedestrian walkways, a bike lane, and interpretive infrastructure reinforcing the historical, cultural and war-time significance of the area.
“Our commitment to offering opportunities to local contractors and suppliers continues with procurement for early works commencing in May 2018. We have been working with a number of industry groups to ensure that there are maximum opportunities for locals to be a part of this significant project. Pending relevant approvals construction will get underway later this year with the Hotel being open to guests in 2021.” said Andy Payne, Project Director, Landbridge.