Quest to re­sume con­struc­tion work

Midland Reporter - - News - Lau­ren Pe­den

WORKS on the 93-apart­ment Quest Midland will re­sume this month af­ter the ho­tel group ap­pointed Firm Con­struc­tions to com­plete the project by May next year.

Quest Apart­ment Ho­tels growth gen­eral man­ager James Shields said works stopped at The Cres­cent site when DGX Con­struc­tion of Diploma Group went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in De­cem­ber last year.

The prop­erty de­vel­oper won a $17 mil­lion con­tract in early 2016 to build the seven-storey ho­tel with an un­der­ground carpark.

It was due to open in Oc­to­ber this year but has been de­layed about seven months.

“A new builder needed to be ap­pointed to con­tinue the con­struc­tion,” Mr Shields said. “There’s been a change of builder and the new builder will com­mence on­site this month.

“The works are about 20 per cent com­plete, so ba­si­cally the bal­ance of the works, but the bulk of the struc­ture’s been com­pleted.

“The fund­ing is back in place and we are con­fi­dent it’s go­ing to get started this month and it will com­plete in May, 2018.”

Mr Shields said there was a strong de­mand in the area’s ac­com­mo­da­tion mar­ket and they were com­mit­ted to be­ing there de­spite the set­back.

“There was re­ally a lack of sup­ply in that mar­ket and we re­ally saw there were quite a few driv­ers for us be­cause we cater to the long-stay, ex­tended-stay cor­po­rate trav­eller,” he said.

“There were quite a few rea­sons for us to want to be there and con­tinue to be there de­spite there be­ing some chal­lenges with the de­vel­oper.

“We think there’s good depth in the mar­ket there and enough eco­nomic driv­ers.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis d467773

Work at Quest Midland is set to re­sume this month af­ter an un­ex­pected de­lay.

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