Albany offers developers premium beachfront hotel opportunity
Media Statement from Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA
- Expressions of interest (EOI) being sought for development of Middleton Beach hotel
- Hotel will be the jewel in the crown of the 13,171sqm Middleton Beach Activity Centre
- Hotel developers also given an opportunity to express interest in the other mixed-use sites in the project area as part of their EOI submission
The development of a world-class hotel and activity precinct on Albany's iconic Middleton Beach has moved into the highly anticipated phase of seeking expressions of interest from prospective State, national and international hotel developers.
The State Government, through LandCorp, has completed the first stage of civil works at the 13,171sqm Middleton Beach Activity Centre, which features four mixed-use sites including a 3,718sqm mixed-use hotel precinct up to 12 floors with potential for up to 120 hotel rooms plus apartments.
With the hotel site already offering the rare opportunity of beach frontage in a popular tourist destination, as a further sweetener developers who participate in the hotel EOI can also express their interest in any of the three other mixed-use sites as part of their submission.
The EOI process, being run by specialist hotel agency CBRE, follows a successful hotel operator EOI recently that saw high-end hotel chains declaring their interest in operating a hotel on Middleton Beach.
Securing interest from big-name hotel brands has reinforced the attractiveness of the Middleton Beach development, and has the potential to provide the successful developer with a compatible project partner.
The first stage of the hotel developer EOI runs from today (June 20) until Thursday July 17, 2018. Submissions will be assessed against selection criteria and short-listed proponents will then be offered the opportunity to submit more detailed proposals, as part of a Request for Proposal process from which a preferred developer will be selected.
For more information, visit http://www.landcorp.com.au/middletonbeach
Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Middleton Beach Activity Centre development is focused on creating an energetic community hub to complement this already popular destination, with a new premium hotel having the potential to attract many more tourists, business visitors, and recreational enthusiasts to Albany.
"We are seeking expressions of interest from developers who are excited about the unique opportunity available at Middleton Beach, and who will create a hotel precinct that reflects Albany's natural beauty, history and culture."
Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:
"Middleton Beach is a perfect example of the work the McGowan Government is achieving through LandCorp to stimulate investment in regional Western Australia and grow regional economies by boosting local employment, attracting tourism visits and diversifying housing choice.
"Subject to the outcome of the hotel developer EOI, construction of the new development is expected to create more than 120 short-term jobs and when it is complete will launch hundreds of new employment opportunities in the region's growing hospitality and tourism industry."