Hotel plan extended
THE developers of the next hotel planned for the Great Eastern Highway strip in Rivervale have been given another two years to start work on the building.
Wyndham LUX is planning to build a 120-bedroom hotel at the intersection of Fitzroy Road, just west of the Great Eastern Motor Lodge.
An initial planning approval had been due to expire on January 23 but the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) last week granted an extension to 2021.
The hotel intends to achieve a world first in achieving a verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), an independently verified document which reports environmental information about the entire life-cycle of a product.
It will be built by WA building technology company NXT Tec.
The company asked for the longer timeframe because much of the construction work will occur offsite, ahead of the hotel being assembled at the location.
“In the ordinary course when there is an extension, one would see positive works taken at the site,” JDAP specialist member Michael Hardy said.
“Here the novelty of the process demands a different view and I’m very happy to support the proposal.”
NXT Tec chairman and managing director Natasha Di Ciano said the ‘worldfirst complete building structure’ solution would deliver faster, cheaper and higher quality impact.
“The fully-fitted hotel is to be completed within 12 months, which is 50 per cent faster than hotel construction in Australia,” she said.
Ms Di Ciano said while it was not uncommon for building companies to conduct life-cycle assessments, EPD verification required data to be collected and reported according to strict rules and standards.
“Obtaining an EPD for an entire hotel building is not a simple process. It requires collecting and analysing a substantial amount of data about the building’s life-cycle, right down to determining environmental impacts based on where materials come from, how they’re transported to site, and the fuel efficiency of that transport,” she said.
“We then looked at the operational efficiency of the hotel, down to how much water would be used to wash the floors. It’s incredibly rigorous.”