Melbourne’s Hotel Development Boom

How technology consulting services are helping shape Melbourne’s skyline

When we look out our windows, it’s clear the Melbourne skyline is in a constant state of change and development. Numerous construction projects, cranes, and lift shafts can be seen popping up in Docklands, Southbank, and Melbourne’s CBD.

Spot the difference? Melbourne’s skyline in 2020.

Melbourne is in the midst of a construction boom driven in no small part by the hotel sector. In Melbourne’s CBD, there will be several hotels opening this year, adding 900 rooms to the inner Melbourne market. According to industry news, 2018 represents the commencement of the local hotel development boom which will see the sector continue to expand.

We have been fortunate enough to be at the forefront of the hotel boom in Melbourne, and we are currently working on three landmark hotel projects which will soon be a part of Melbourne’s skyline, these include:

  • W Hotel by Marriot, Collins Arch
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Melbourne
  • 4-5 Star Hotel (operator undisclosed)

We have designed communications, audio visual, and information technology systems for some of Australia’s leading hotels – recently, we even documented our understanding of Hotel Technology Trends. We’ll be looking to employ our understanding of hotel technology requirements and user requirements to ensure our new local hotels are equipped with a leading technology solution. More details of the hotels shaping Melbourne’s skyline can be found below:

W Hotel by Marriot | Collins Arch
447 Collins Street

The Collins Arch project and the W Hotel is set to become the benchmark for boutique luxury hotels in Melbourne. The hotel will boast a presidential-style suite, luxury suites, an extravagant ballroom, and meeting spaces.

We are working alongside the specialist architect Hachem and the builder Multiplex to design the hotel’s wired and wireless networks, audio visual systems, and DJ music systems. Our technology designs will poise the W Hotel to become a sought-after destination for seasoned technology savvy guests who can benefit from the hotel’s advanced guestroom technologies.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Melbourne
Landream, 600 Collins Street

Only just up the road from the Collins Arch development will reside Australia’s first Mandarin Oriental hotel, catering for the influx of local and touring Melbourne guests. Strategically positioned close to the new finance hub emerging in Docklands, this landmark project is positioned to attract the business traveller. The hotel will have an internationally renowned architectural design, cutting-edge technology, and luxurious guest room offerings.

We are responsible for the communications, information technology, and audio visual designs for the hotel and we aim to deliver a design which is aligned with best practice and will cater to the hotel’s business clientele.

4-5 Star Hotel
472 Bourke Street

Another few blocks away resides the 472 Bourke Street hotel development. 472 Bourke will be the home of an upscale hotel built by Multiplex and owned by M&L Hospitality. The architect Bates Smart has been engaged to manage the redevelopment of the historic Equity Chambers, turning the building into a 17-storey tower and 250-room hotel.

We have been engaged for the communications, information technology, and audio visual design of the hotel. Located in the heart of the city, the development aims to attract business and high-end tourists. For us, it’s exciting to be involved in such an innovative project that will see the preservation of the heritage façade and meeting rooms, and incorporation of modern design elements.

Australia’s go-to for hotel technology design

In a booming market being able to differentiate from your competition is key. But, sometimes it’s just as important to be the same in key areas. In a technology-focused world, you don’t want to differentiate yourself out of the market with older, slower, and less reliable technology. Today’s travellers don’t have the patience to deal with sub-par technology deployments, and if a hotel is going to compete for those travellers, it needs to invest in its technology infrastructure.

We have been consistently engaged on Australia’s most prestigious luxury hotel developments and have become recognised as the expert for hotel technology in Melbourne. If you’re a project manager working with our team,  you will have access to local consultants with domain experience and a robust understanding of the hotel market.

Currently, there are six hotels under construction in Melbourne’s CBD, and we are proud to be engaged in the design services for three of them. Working with 50% of the new Melbourne CBD hotels under development provides our consultants with a deep understanding of the requirements for modern hotel technology, and what guests are looking for in new developments. Our understanding of the market is further supported by our experience designing the technology for the largest hotel in Australia, the Hyatt Regency in Sydney.

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If you are in the hotel industry or are in the development stage of a new hotel and are starting to question what is required for the hotel’s technology systems, feel free to contact us to speak with our team of expert consultants.

You can speak with a consultant by calling our head office on +61 3 9601 6555 or emailing us at [email protected]