Home' Hotel Management : HM OCTOBER 2016 Contents Australia's historic Pentridge Prison site is
set to become one of Australia's most iconic
accommodation and lifestyle precincts, with
developer Shayher Group announcing TFE Hotels
will operate an Adina Apartment Hotel on the site.
The 120-apartment hotel, just 8km from
Melbourne CBD in Coburg, aims to seamlessly
blend contemporary architectural design with the
property's distinct and remarkable heritage.
To be crafted by leading practice Cox
Architecture, renowned for its work on delicate
heritage projects including Hepburn Spa, the hotel
will o er guests the chance to stay in a historic
converted prison cell.
In addition, a new component will be constructed
on vacant land adjacent to the heritage aspects,
which is anticipated to provide a further nine levels
of accommodation, a level for communal facilities
and six levels of residential apartments.
Shayher Group spokesperson Anthony Goh
said some cells would be retained in their former
condition for people to inspect for years to come.
"This hotel will sensitively reopen this historic
asset in a way for the entire community to
experience and appreciate," he said.
"In developing these plans, we have
taken inspiration from similar projects in the
United States and United Kingdom that have
readapted jails into beautiful accommodation,
paying tribute to the past by repositioning them
for the future.
"We have challenged Cox Architects to deliver
a design that sets a benchmark in sensitive and
adaptive reuse and breathes new life into this
historic asset, returning it to the public."
TFE Hotels CEO, Rachel Argaman, said the
hotel would mark a significant turning point in
preserving the nation's history and would provide a
way for the public to share in its rich stories.
"This site speaks to a rich history and we believe
locals and visitors from overseas will be intrigued to
learn about Australia's penal past," she said.
"Hotels provide a great way to preserve the
history of heritage-listed buildings, allowing unique
and memorable experiences for guests who learn
and experience aspects of that rich past."
Early conceptual designs of the hotel have
commenced, with extensive feasibility work to be
undertaken before a final architectural resolution
Features will include the prison's former chapel
with its beautiful high lead-light windows, ideal for
weddings and special functions.
It will also include an all-day dining restaurant, day
spa, 400 square metres of conference and meeting
facilities, an indoor pool and gym and parking.
The hotel is expected to open in 2020,
pending planning and heritage permits and
construction approvals. Its density and location
within the Pentridge precinct is consistent with that
contemplated in the State Government approved
precinct masterplan of February 2014.
"The masterplan and its density was created
in line with the government's future vision for this
area to become an urban hub and easily accessible,
with a ordable housing options, transport, services
and much more," Goh said.
"The hotel remains subject to Shayher Group
obtaining the relevant planning and heritage
approvals and we will be working closely with the
Moreland City Council and Heritage Victoria.
We are also working with the community to
involve local stakeholders in aspects relating to the
transformation of the site, with a recent community
open day attracting around 3,000 interested people.
"This is an important heritage project for
Coburg as well as the rest of Australia and we take
its future very seriously."
Goh said an important part of the feasibility
process for the hotel design -- and all other aspects
of the site -- is to ensure the burden of the ongoing
costs associated with the heritage is manageable
for future residents and tenants.
Shayher will invest more than AUD$1 million
in restoration works this year, with the 166-year-
old prison to require careful ongoing care and
attention for decades to come.
"Any plans for the future of Pentridge must
absolutely build on ongoing restoration and
maintenance works, as it would be a crying shame
to bring this asset into the modern day and have it
crumble in 50 years' time," Goh said.
"Part of the feasibility works will be ensuring
heritage maintenance work is accounted for and
manageable for the future owners."
TFE to open hotel at former
Pentridge prison in Melbourne
An artist's impression of the Adina
Apartment Hotel at Pentridge Prison
Shayher Group's Anthony Goh and TFE Hotels' Rachel Argaman
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