SKYBAR PLAN FOR HO­BART

Cock­tails and moun­tain views in lofty din­ing bid

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - JIM ALOUAT RE­PORTS

SIP­PING cock­tails on a rooftop bar in Ho­bart’s CBD with stun­ning views of Mt Welling­ton could be on the cards if an am­bi­tious devel­op­ment plan is given the go-ahead for a land­mark city build­ing.

SIP­PING cock­tails on a rooftop bar in Ho­bart’s CBD with stun­ning views of Mt Welling­ton may be on the cards if an am­bi­tious devel­op­ment plan goes ahead.

The top of the Shad­forth Fi­nan­cial Group build­ing in Ho­bart will be con­verted into a res­tau­rant and bar un­der a bold plan from Mel­bournebased devel­oper River­lee.

Sit­u­ated be­tween the Na­tional Mu­tual Life Build­ing and the Mer­can­tile Mu­tual Build­ing and within the cen­tral busi­ness zone, the pro­posal aims to re­de­velop floors 8-11 of the build­ing at 111 Mac­quarie St.

The plan in­volves re­lo­cat­ing the ex­ist­ing eighth-floor plant level to the 11th floor of the build­ing, and re-pur­pos­ing lev­els 8, 9 and 10 for of­fice space, a res­tau­rant and mez­za­nine sky bar.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments be­fore Ho­bart City Coun­cil, the pro­posal in­cludes a new steel lift, en­com­passed by glass panelling, to pro­vide sep­a­rate ac­cess to the res­tau­rant and sky bar for pa­trons, which will be ac­cessed off Trafal­gar Place.

The ninth floor will be ex­tended to pro­vide for a dou­ble-height ceil­ing for the res­tau­rant and the 10th floor will house the mez­za­nine sky bar, and in­clude ac­cess to a per­gola and roof ter­race.

Once com­plete, the build­ing will sit at 49m tall, an ex­tra 4m from its cur­rent height.

Ireneinc Plan­ning has pro­vided the re­port to the coun­cil on be­half of River­lee Aus­tralia.

Tas­ma­nia Hos­pi­tal­ity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Steve Old said as long as it met all the plan­ning re­quire­ments it sounded like an ex­cit­ing pro- posal. “It sounds like a great ad­di­tion to the Ho­bart res­tau­rant scene,” he said.

“We don’t have many rooftop restaurants.

“Rooftop restaurants are all the rage in Mel­bourne and this would add an­other di­men­sion to Ho­bart’s hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.”

The devel­oper is seek­ing a dis­cre­tion for 30 bi­cy­cle park­ing spa­ces, specif­i­cally those re­quired for the sky bar un­der the Food Ser­vices Use Class, as it is deemed un­likely that cus­tomers to the bar would ride bikes to the venue.

The pro­posal is out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion un­til Oc­to­ber 29.

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