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Been a good news week for Adelaide

Love love this proposal, it would have fantastic views over the Botanic Gardens and the city skyline

Our first six-star hotel

Artists impression of a six-star hotel at Kent Town by Urban Construct
Source: AAP

PLANS for a $120 million, 15-storey hotel with a boutique retail and cafe centre at Kent Town have been given major project status by the State Government.

The Urban Construct and Marshall & Brougham project is being dubbed Adelaide's first six-star hotel.

It is still in its early concept stage but plans show the project will include penthouse apartments, roof-top recreation facilities, tourist and conference rooms.

The developers first proposed the project, on the corner of Dequetteville Tce and Rundle St, in 2002 but plans were rejected by Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Development Assessment Panel.

The State Government has announced it will be given major project status, which means the proposal will bypass council planning authorities and instead be assessed by the government's independent Development Assessment Commission.

Urban Development and Planning Minister Paul Holloway said previous projects had been constrained by conflicting planning policies, which accommodated an existing 15-storey landmark building, but restricted the height of any adjoining development.

"This proposal raises a number of important issues in terms of planning policies that will require further detailed assessment," he said.

"These include the interface with Marshall House, the impact on adjoining residences and businesses, ecologically sustainable design elements, parking and traffic issues and the capacity to deliver a unique gateway to the Kent Town and Norwood precinct."

Mr Holloway said declaring the project a major development would ensure the proposal would be rigorously assessed with scope for extensive public consultation.

"If approved, this project would create 200 new jobs during the construction phase and 350 permanent jobs within Adelaide's eastern suburbs," he said.

Urban Construct chief executive Todd Brown said the company welcomed the State Government's announcement.

"This is an exciting development that ... incorporates the latest ESD (environmentally sustainable design) design and technology alongside important heritage features from the existing Marshall House," he said.

Property Council of Australia SA executive director Nathan Paine said the Government move tied in "neatly with its earlier announcement of densification of the inner (metropolitan) rung and its commitment to cutting through local government red tape".
 

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Great news!
 

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The hotel might be 6 stars, but the design isnt, i got all excited when i saw this and thought we'd be getting a burj al arab or something just as awesome...

But cant complain, at least it's something of decent height outside of the city's green belt.
 

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It won't be a six star hotel. I've been to the Burj Al Arab and Australians wouldn't recognise six star if it hit them over the head.

Skipland is too full of 'she'll be right', of 'minimum wage' and 'class equality' to really understand what six star means.

And we can't raise the investment capital to pay for six star architecture or fit out.

So this is just six star bullshit but a three star hotel like the rest.
 

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The design doesn't speak for itself-6 star? The arabs started this rating of hotels above the limit which is 5 star (ridiculous!). They should stick to standard, business class and deluxe.
 
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