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Old March 12th, 2010, 09:26 AM   #41
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surely most of the formule 1 on william st has people going back to have one night stands after the cross?

also just to reiterate what everyone else has said - i quite like this idea. should at least make this corner seem less trashy
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Old September 26th, 2010, 12:28 AM   #42
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SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Going back to Gowings

Jim O'Rourke
September 26, 2010


AN APPLICATION to redevelop the upper levels of Sydney's historic State Theatre and Gowings buildings into a boutique hotel has been approved by the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

Amalgamated Holdings, which owns Greater Union cinemas, Rydges Hotels and the Thredbo ski resort, wants to build a 196-room 4½-star hotel with a restaurant and bar as well as a day spa.

The committee, made up of Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore, two City of Sydney councillors, two senior state government employees and two independent members appointed by the Planning Minister, approved the $55 million development subject to seeing details about conservation work on the buildings and the design of the internal fitouts.

Earlier in the year heritage experts praised the plan, saying it could help preserve and enhance both buildings.

Guests will enter via the art deco lobby of the State Theatre to reception on level one and rooms on levels three to 10. There will be rooms on levels four to 10 of the Gowings building.

There will be no major structural demolition at the site on the corner of George and Market streets and the theatre will remain in its current form.

It will stay open throughout construction, expected to begin in February or March next year. The facades of both buildings will be restored.

Amalgamated Holdings has owned the State Theatre from the time it was built in 1929 but only acquired the Gowings building in 2006, buying it for $68 million after the men's department store closed.

The company will provide the committee with detailed designs for, among other items, the rooms and suites; a glassed-in access link between the two buildings as well as the reconstructed shopfronts at street level.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 01:16 AM   #43
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It was published in The Sun Herald today. Good news for tourists.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 01:34 AM   #44
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reconstructed shopfronts to match new pitt st mall. Awesome
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Old September 27th, 2010, 08:31 AM   #45
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Im glad this is happening. The restored facades will be fantastic and will ensure these buildings survive for decades to come.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 06:45 AM   #46
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Supre are having a closing down sale. Any indication that this project is soon to go ahead?
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Old March 9th, 2011, 07:10 AM   #47
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Great news!! Confine the shitty/crappy/tacky Supre to the bowels of Westfield Sydney!!

Hopefully something a bit more suitable for the location (and the 4.5 star hotel that will be above it) takes the space. Wouldn't mind if Country Road upgraded from its current store in the QVB or if another international store opened up.

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Old March 9th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #48
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I hope they keep the awesome Gowings neon sign. Maybe they have to - would there be some kind of heritage condition which means they have to? I'd assume the Gowings building is heritage listed?
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Old March 9th, 2011, 01:08 PM   #49
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Welcome to the forum

Yes the Gowings building would no doubt be heritage listed and I'd say the sign will stay. No more fitting name for the hotel than Gowings Hotel IMO and the sign would be relevant again.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #50
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From what I know the sign is heritage listed and will stay for the foreseeable future.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 10:55 PM   #51
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Supre are having a closing down sale. Any indication that this project is soon to go ahead?
My tailor is moving from L4 in the near future - not sure whether this is linked, as other stores in there (eg. Towanda L5) show no indication of moving atm....
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As long as the theatre keeps operating, it would be a shame to lose it for a hotel.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 11:10 PM   #53
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The theatre's staying, sport. They're just using the space above the theatre as a hotel.
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Amazing what you can learn if you read back through the thread. (slow burn...)
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Old March 25th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #55
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The article in today's SMH:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/...325-1c9u9.html

Australia's best theatre is in a disgraceful condition. AHL should not be allowed to develop this hotel without fully committing to theatre restoration.
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If its thats bad, there should be a pre-requsite that stipulates resotration of the theatre.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 06:05 PM   #57
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I was told that Ritz-Carlton were coming to Sydney, at first I thought Big Red, but it could easily be this one?
Isn't there a Ritz-Carlton in Macquarie Street? Or there was...
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Old March 28th, 2011, 12:08 AM   #58
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Isn't there a Ritz-Carlton in Macquarie Street? Or there was...
There was, as well as Double Bay. Rebranded as Sir Stamford a few years ago, and was never really able to compete with the Intercontinental and (the then) Regent for the upmarket clientele.
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If its thats bad, there should be a pre-requsite that stipulates resotration of the theatre.
Surely any redevelopment of the theatre building would include restoration work on the theatre itself anyway? Up here in Brisbane, the redevelopment of the old Regent Theatre will include restoration work to the retained heritage listed portions (not that they need very much work).
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Old March 28th, 2011, 04:57 AM   #60
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Isn't there a Ritz-Carlton in Macquarie Street? Or there was...
So this will obviously be a Rydges hotel? AHL are the parent company of Rydges, which is a bit disappointing as I would rather a new chain.
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