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Council approves high end hotel for Albert St

06 March, 2014

Council approves high end hotel for Albert St

Brisbane City Council has approved plans for the conversion of an Albert Street office block into a high end hotel.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the existing 19 storey office building at 80 Albert Street would be converted into a four or five star hotel featuring a restaurant on the ground level and function rooms on the podium levels.

“The application is another exciting development for our city and we expect it will help to transform a major stretch of Albert Street into a more vibrant environment,” Cr Quirk said.

“It represents a major investment in our city, with the inclusion of 239 rooms plus the adjoining facilities a big vote of confidence in Brisbane’s booming business landscape.

“More hotels will increase Brisbane’s capacity to improve the city’s tourism potential and attract more major events and business conventions to the city- both of which bring us enormous economic benefits.

“Brisbane is a destination of choice for business, investment and major events.

“Two years ago I introduced a three-year moratorium on infrastructure changes for new four and five star hotels to address the need for quality and quantity of accommodation in the CBD.”

The moratorium on infrastructure charges for hotel developments is available for applications approved from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2014, where construction commences within two years of the approval.

Cr Quirk said the building design would also complement Council’s future vision for the Albert Street precinct.

“Within the draft City Centre Master Plan we have identified Albert Street as the city’s green spine, with further improvements planned to incorporate more street trees and improvements for pedestrian access,” he said.

“The building design would complement this vision through its refreshed building façade and extension for street dining.

“The restaurant is proposed to front both Albert and Mary Streets through an open planned space incorporating green walls and landscaping, which will further enhance this precinct as a bustling pedestrian space with a leafy character.”

The application for ‘Capri’ at 80 Albert Street includes:
• 239 hotel rooms
• Lobby and restaurant on the ground floor
• Function rooms and hotel recreational facilities on the podium levels.

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