Cap­sule ho­tel pro­posed at CBD site

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

JES­SICA HOWARD

A CAP­SULE-style ho­tel has been pro­posed for a prom­i­nent her­itage-listed site in cen­tral Ho­bart.

The un­used build­ing at the Gas­works site, at the in­ter­sec­tion of Davey St, Mac­quarie St and the Tas­man High­way, was bought by Rain­bow Moun­tain Pty Ltd in 2014 for $1.9 mil­lion.

Lo­cal firm Maguire and Devine Ar­chi­tects, on be­half of the own­ers, has sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the Ho­bart City Coun­cil to change the use of the build­ing to visi­tor ac­com­mo­da­tion, par­tial demolition and al­ter­ations for use as a cap­sule-style ho­tel.

The pro­posed ho­tel for the Gas­works site would fea­ture 40 beds.

“The cap­sule-style of ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­vides guests with good amenity and pri­vacy, and ac­com­mo­dates far more guests than a tra­di­tional ho­tel in the same rel­a­tive space,” the ap­pli­ca­tion states.

“The pro­posed use of the site is ap­pro­pri­ate and con­sis­tent with an ap­proach to max­imise visi­tor ac­com­mo­da­tion in ex­ist­ing build­ings, in the cen­tral busi­ness district of Ho­bart, close to visi­tor at­trac­tions and tourist trans­port op­tions. This pro­posal is con­sid­ered an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able use of the ex­ist­ing build­ing to pro­vide a higher den­sity of ac­com­mo­da­tion, with­out the need for views, out­look or park­ing.”

Project ar­chi­tect Hugh Maguire said the af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion would ap­peal to a range of tourists and would fea­ture com­mon lounge ar­eas plus shared bath­rooms and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties.

He said there were no pro­posed changes to the ex­ter­nal fab­ric of the build­ing.

BED ROOMS: The Cap­sule Ho­tel Syd­ney, sim­i­lar to what is pro­posed for the former Gas­works site in cen­tral Ho­bart.

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