InterContinental Sydney makeover gets approval

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MULPHA has received final approval for the $95 million redevelopment of InterContinental Sydney.

Mulpha has now commenced construction work after the NSW Department of Planning and Environment gave the nod.

Built will commence a full refurbishment, the most significant in over 30 years, to re-position the landmark luxury hotel whilst preserving its unique heritage including the original façade elements of the NSW Treasury Building dating back to 1851.

The design concept led by New York architectural firm Rockwell Group has been design developed and detailed by local architect Woods Bagot in conjunction with appointed builders Built. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2022. The Hotel will remain open throughout most of the works.

The internal upgrade will include all 500+ guest rooms and corridors, as well as refurbishment of the ground level including the Macquarie Street entry, receptions, and the inclusion of a new iconic public bar within the heritage central court. There will also be a full refurbishment of the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, level 31 gym and pool, and another new bar within the level 32 Club InterContinental lounge that will be open to the public.

The project, classified as a state significant development (SSD), is expected to employ up to 140 workers at its peak during construction, while generating an additional $10 million in annual economic benefit.

Mulpha Australia CEO Greg Shaw said although international tourism has been doing it tough this year, it will bounce back, and when it does, “we believe it will be premier dress circle properties in unique locations such as this, that will be the major beneficiaries.”

“This project is testament to our confidence and commitment in the future of our iconic flagship hotel, and of Sydney’s future as a global tourist and business destination.” Shaw said.

IHG Australasia & Japan managing director Leanne Harwood said InterContinental Sydney is one of Australia’s most loved and iconic hotels, having hosted guests from around the world, including countless dignitaries, celebrities and VIPs, over its rich 35-year history.

“IHG and Mulpha Australia have enjoyed a longstanding partnership that includes this and two other hotels, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove and InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, and we are so excited that Mulpha will deliver a new era of luxury following an extensive upgrade and refurbishment. We have no doubt that InterContinental Sydney will continue to define itself as one of Sydney’s most treasured luxury hotels.” Harwood said.

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