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Melbourne's northern suburbs set for another major hotel

It's not just the inner city which is benefitting from a general upswing in new hotels developments, as the Hume growth corridor looks to accommodate its first genuine hotel.

Located at 650 Hume Highway Craigieburn, developer JTX International is looking to create a 4 star business hotel within their broader Humex development. Spanning 32 hectares and valued at $1.7 billion, Humex is a mixed-use development principally created by Crosier Scott Architects that will see a new hotel anchor the development.

According to the project's freshly released information memorandum, Brookfiled Multiplex is the joint venture build partner, with Probuild and Watpac acting as supporting construction partners.

Various perspectives of the proposed hotel. Image: JTX International

Spanning 12 levels the hotel is aimed at major hotel chains and serviced apartment providers.

Ground floor would see a function room, dining area and bar/lounge support the 285 4.0 star suites set above. 14,780sqm of NLA is expected within the hotel which will be clad in a distinctive bronze exterior.

Humex's information memorandum expects a mix of both international and regional visitors to utilise the hotel. Adjacent to Humex's various other uses, the hotel will absorb their needs as well as servicing the greater northern region of Melbourne.

A medical centre is also envisaged. Image: JTX International

The overall Humex development will see a swag of mostly smaller retail and warehouse tenancies built, although there are two other intended buildings of note which the hotel will support.

Dubbed the Elle Chic Medical Centre, a new complex spanning four levels and 4,642sqm of NLA will create a state-of-the-art medical and wellness hub. Specialist medical services, a chemotherapy centre, allied health spaces and a child care centre form the backbone of the project which will act as a quasi-hospital for the surrounding region.

Also slated for Humex is the Building Materials Display Centre. Covering five levels, the mammoth build will be the largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere for home fixtures & fittings, furniture, interior & exterior finishes and materials. It is expected to include 56,307sqm of NLA.

Hyatt Place is well into construction

Also seeking to leverage off proximity to Melbourne Airport and of course Essendon Airport is the new Hyatt Place Hotel within Essendon Fields.

With construction underway, the project will deliver Australia’s First Hyatt Place Hotel and an associated Events Centre that are both expected to be operational during early 2017. Meeting, conference and event opportunities will be a key fundamental for the development.

160 rooms are expected within the golden coloured hotel, with 1,700sqm of event space and capacity for 1,000 seats in a conference style format bolstering the facilities capabilities.

Hyatt Place Hotel and the Events Centre can expect to create an annual economic benefit to Victoria of approximately $20 million.

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