Salter Brothers is proposing to build a new hotel on the land at the front of the existing Crowne Plaza Hotel. The hotel site is located at 1 Binara Street Canberra City, on part of land known as Block 21 Section 65 City.
The site of the proposed hotel is currently used as on grade car parking. The proposed hotel has a typical 680sqm square metre floor plate.
The proposal comprises of a new hotel building with approximately 238 guestrooms accommodated within a 14-storey building. It also includes a single basement level for services and back of house areas. The proposal includes a vehicular drop-off area at the rear of the proposed hotel and adjacent to the existing Crown Plaza porte cochere. This is accessed via the existing onsite driveway. It is proposed that both hotels will operate independently, however due to proximity will create a vibrant precinct.
The proposed pedestrian pathway directly off Binara Street leads to a central open walkway that that directs guests to the proposed hotel lobby and continues to the existing Crown Plaza Hotel entry. Street activation is further enhanced with the inclusion of a ground floor retail tenancy and a café with outdoor seating.
The guest facilities of the proposed hotel are located on Level 1, these include a lounge, restaurant, meeting room, terrace and associated amenities. Hotel administration offices and some back of house areas are also located on this level.
The proposed development also seeks to vary the existing Crown Lease that applies to the site to facilitate the proposed development.
The proposed hotel has a building height that is less than the RL617m as permitted in this part of the City and subject to planning approval.
The proposed hotel has the advantage of being close to many of Canberra’s business and tourism attractions, including public and private sector office buildings, the National Convention Centre, Canberra Centre, and Casino Canberra. The site is adjacent to Glebe Park and to public and active travel opportunities.
The proposed hotel also aims to improve the amenity of the Binara Street precinct, with widening of the public footpath immediately in front of the hotel and amenities with the site that will provide street activation.
The proposed development meets the ACT’s stated objectives for the zoning of the land by:
providing and enhancing accommodation facilities,
enhancing local economic diversity through a different accommodation offering in this part of the City Centre,
providing accommodation that is close to public transport
protecting the amenity of nearby residents – particularly relating to privacy
designing a hotel in a location compatible with but providing a modern look to its surrounding area
designing a building of similar scale to its surrounds, while protecting surrounding trees in Glebe Park and on most of the subject site.
Encouraging activity at street level through improved pedestrian amenity and ground level commercial / restaurant uses.
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