Eastland's Sage Hotel officially opens, contract awarded for Ritz Carlton

Sage Hotel Ringwood, located at Eastland Shopping Centre opened its doors on Tuesday 10 October becoming the first hotel in Victoria to be developed atop a shopping centre.

The new 120-room, full-service hotel spans five floors above the shopping centre and includes a restaurant, bar, conference and co-working facilities comprising of a boardroom, function room and a co-working space with a capacity of 80 people.

The hotel was delivered under a design and construct contract for QIC, following Probuild’s completion of the $500M+ Eastland Shopping Centre Redevelopment in 2016.

The Sage Hotel bar at Eastland. Image: Probuild

Probuild’s September handover allowed Next Story Group four weeks of preparation to ensure a smooth opening day and first-class experience for guests. 

We’re incredibly proud to have delivered Victoria’s first retail destination hotel. We’re building a number of large-scale luxury hotels around the country, including The Ritz Carlton in Melbourne and Perth and The Star Gold Coast. It’s been fantastic to combine this and our mixed-use experience with a project such as Sage Hotel Ringwood.

- Probuild Victorian Managing Director, Luke Stambolis.

QIC GRE and Next Story Group will be teaming up once again on the $800 million 80 Collins Street project which will feature a 300-room NEXT hotel and is currently under construction. This presents Next Story's second foray into the Melbourne hotel scene following on from Sage.

Meanwhile, Probuild will be keeping busy having recently been awarded the contract for the first stage of Far East Consortium's West Side Place project at 250 Spencer Street, the site of the former Age building.

The first stage of the $1bn project will deliver 1376 apartments across two towers, as well as the tallest hotel in the southern hemisphere - the 263 room Ritz-Carlton hotel which will rise to a height of 270m.

This Victorian project is one of unprecedented scale and ambition, not just for Probuild but for Melbourne. West Side Place will be an exemplary project for generations to come.

 Luke Stamboulis

Probuild will commence preparatory works on West Side Place immediately, with construction anticipated to commence in November this year. West Side Place is scheduled for completion in 2022. 


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