Davenport Central is a huge $26 million development at Hotham
MOUNT HOTHAM will see a brand new $26 million ‘Davenport Central’ development start at season’s end, when Asgaard Ski Lodge is knocked down and replaced with the new six level structure.
The new 7200 square metre building will span two blocks of land, Asgaard and Tantani. Located near the General Store it will feature restaurants and bars, conference facilities, ski hire, potential supermarket and accommodation for mountain staff, tourists and lodge members.
Announced in March by Danielle Green, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria, the new investment is a show of confidence in not only the winter snow season, but for year-round tourism in Victoria’s High Country.
Asgaard Ski Club treasurer Peter Malone said, “It will be open 365 days a year, it’ll promote more business and change the face of the mountain consistent with the master plan.”
The 42 year old ski club was originally built by a group of University of Melbourne chemical engineering students in the early seventies. The current 40 bed building is now beyond its life and the 69 club members decided eight years ago to expand the new premises. They will now look forward to a brand-new club lodge once the project is completed.
“This is the biggest development on the mountain in 20 years,” club member Ron Mason said.
“It’ll be the biggest single private development ever at Mount Hotham.”
The accommodation will consist of six twobedroom apartments plus feature four 125 square metre penthouses which are expected to sell for in excess of $800,000 each.
Four dedicated all-access apartments will be purpose built for disabled visitors where they can drive straight in from the Great Alpine Road into the carpark and virtually their front door. The car park will have spaces for 80 cars.
Asgaard Ski Club will have 11 apartments for club members plus additional staff accommodation quarters will be available for up to 80 mountain staff.
The Davenport area at Hotham is also home to a plethora of other club lodges and commercial accommodation and is only 200m to the Bid D beginners and kids ski slopes.
The project required a 75 year government lease for the Crown land site, as well as the highest bushfire rating. Work begins in October and will be done in between snowseasons, with completion in May 2020.
Anton Wilson from Melbourne developing company Mider, said around 80 jobs will be created during the construction phase. “This will add a great deal of momentum for builders in the state’s north east region,” said Mr Wilson.
Mider are also in a joint venture with Davenport Central Pty Ltd.
The building phase will see rigorous safety standards including multiple geotechnic engineers who will assess the build at various stages of development. Once footings and concrete are poured, a prefabricated structure will be trucked into the site.
Hotham is blessed with being on the Great Alpine Road and one of the most scenic places in Australia.
During winter skiers can access the slopes by skiing down to the lifts from their lodges and accommodation and have some of the best alpine scenery.
In summer months there is a growing tourist trade that includes mountain biking, plus the road being one of the most travelled in the alpine region. Motor bikes love its winding roads and sight seeing hikers and walkers are realising it is a perfect getaway.
The Davenport Central development will be looking at all these areas to maximise potential for their investment. Property is also being sold off the plan by Zirky’s Real Estate agent Rob Ford.
An artists impression of the new Davenport Central complex.