The Western Australian Government has unveiled the first concept images for a new hotel on Albany’s picturesque Middleton Beach.
After discussions began a couple of years ago, we’ve now learned more details about the hotel, which will be delivered by property development and management company Pacifica Ausglobal.
The $30 million hotel will be situated on a long-vacant site on the waterfront (the former site of the Esplanade Hotel), with plans to host 66 suites along with food and beverage facilities on the ground floor.
Pacifica Ausglobal has been refining its design based on government feedback, working on important components of the project including height (in relation to Mt Clarence and Middleton Beach), parking, place activation and “its contribution to a successful beachfront public realm.”
After final changes to the design are made and submitted to, and approved by, the government’s State Design Review Panel, it will then go on to the City Of Albany, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the design.
Subject to approval, it’s anticipated that work will commence in 2023 for opening in 2024, creating up to 180 jobs.
“Middleton Beach is already one of Albany’s most popular seaside destinations and this major development project will generate a new and vibrant tourism destination, driving economic and employment opportunities for the Great Southern,” said Lands Minister John Carey.
“The 3.9 hectare Middleton Beach Activity Centre is set to become a vibrant mixed-use and tourism precinct, bringing together residential living, retail and commercial offerings as well as holiday and short stay accommodation,” added Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens. “This development is about creating new local jobs and ensuring our region remains a tourism hotspot.”