AccorHotels is building a vertical dual hotel integration in Little Lonsdale Street in the centre of Melbourne. Spanning 36 levels and 485 rooms, this is the first development where two brands – Novotel and Ibis – will share public spaces across a single tower.
Initially, the client asked us to review and comment on the architectural feasibility and concept proposal for the hotel, which was critical given the constricted nature of the development site. The key challenge was solving how to accommodate and split the rooms between a 3-star hotel brand on the lower levels and a 4-star hotel on the upper floors within the single tower.
Further to this, we provided environmental consultancy for the project’s planning framework. This ensured that the development complied with the AccorHotels guidelines for sustainable development and with strict local council requirements.
Our team worked closely with the architect to establish services plant and vertical infrastructure that maximised the usable area for the hotel. We were also instrumental in discussions between the developer and the hotel operator to establish a unique design framework for the project, with common building services engineering design based on AccorHotels guidelines.
Once complete, the building will form part of the city’s skyline as well as improve the streetscape at a pedestrian level.