Gurner gets green light for maiden hotel

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TIM Gurner has gained planning approval for his first hotel project, the $120 million Atelier mixed use development in Melbourne’s city fringe location of Collingwood.

Located at 23-33 Johnston St, 4.5-star Veriu Collingwood will become the suburb’s first major hotel offering. Gurner’s development group will retain ownership of the hotel, which will be operated and managed by the Veriu Group.

Inspired by New York’s Crosby Hotel, the project will sit behind a retained heritage façade.

Cox Architecture designed the project.

Gurner entered into the partnership with Veriu Group in May last year, proposing 65 high-end residential residences, 95 hotel rooms and a 700 sqm retail component occupying the lower two levels of the development.

“Melbourne is the first foray out of Sydney for Veriu Hotels & Suites, and will form part of the foundation to carry out the brand’s aggressive expansion nationwide in the next few years,” Zed Sanjana, chief executive officer of Veriu Group said.

“Collingwood is one of Melbourne inner-city’s most exciting neighbourhoods, a creativity and style hub complete with a vibrant cafe and dining scene, in a location not currently well supplied in terms of hotels and serviced apartments.”

Ateliér Residences will feature a range of one, two and three bedroom offerings, with prices ranging from $495,000 up to $3.95mmillion for the penthouse. Every resident will have access to the hotel’s 4.5-star services including the concierge, housekeeping, turn-down service and on-site business facilities, and the 200sqm amenity clubs with a bar, lap pool, garden terraces, sunroom, fire pit, spa, and sunset cinema.

Construction across is slated to commence in May 2020, with the hotel earmarked to reach completion and open its doors by late 2021.

Gurner has delivered more than 20 buildings in Collingwood. Current projects in the area by Gurner include a $350 million nine-building project on a 5,100 sqm site that had initial concepts ridiculed as “Las Vegas”, before redesigned plans by Cox Architects were approved by VCAT.

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