Middleton Beach roadworks complete, hotel operator now sought

07 February 2018

WA Government: Following the completion of critical roadworks at Albany's Middleton Beach, work has begun to secure an international standard hotel for the iconic tourist and community destination.

The McGowan Government is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from national and international operators for the planned hotel at Western Australia's picturesque Middleton Beach.

Once developed, Middleton Beach Activity Centre will be a hub of retail, commercial, tourism and residential developments that will help underpin the growth of Albany and the Great Southern region.

The project is expected to create up to 120 jobs during the land development phase of construction and hundreds more once businesses and the hotel are operational.

LandCorp has appointed CBRE Hotels, part of Australia's biggest commercial real estate services group, to manage the hotel operator EOI which is scheduled to run until March 23, 2018.

The process reflects increasing momentum for the Middleton Beach development throughout 2018, with developers for the mixed-use hotel site being invited to express their interest in the second quarter of this year. Site works at the mixed-use precinct will follow later this year.

The roadworks, which included the realignment of Flinders Parade, improves traffic and pedestrian access through the area and created more useable space for the development of a future hotel without encroaching on the existing foreshore.

Importantly, the road realignment enables the hotel site to offer absolute beach frontage, a rare and highly desirable attractor for hotel developers.

The hotel site is zoned mixed-use with a maximum 12-storey height limit, yielding up to 120 hotel rooms.

Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:

"The McGowan Government is pulling out all stops in the current market to offer the best chance of success for securing a quality hotel at Middleton Beach, one of WA's most iconic regional destinations.

"For the first time, the site is going out to hotel operators before launching an EOI for hotel developers - attracting national or international hotel operators improves the chances of securing a quality hotel developer in the near term.

"This search for hotel operators follows a $3.6 million investment from the last State Budget to progress preliminary works at the Middleton Beach Activity Centre."

Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:

"It's fantastic to see the roadworks that started in August reach completion and I thank locals for their patience during that time.

"This is an exciting time for Albany as we now seek hotel operators, who will provide more certainty for a prospective hotel builder.

"This is a huge opportunity for Albany in terms of employment, tourism and boosting our economy."

 

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