Ho­tel plan ex­tended

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

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.”

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