Artist impression of a building with a timber frame on Beaufort Street in New Northbridge
6 July 2018

Innovative timber high rise a first for Western Australia

  • New Northbridge

Development approval has been granted for the $14million Leadlight Hotel on the corner of Beaufort and Newcastle Streets, Perth.

The 11 storey mixed-use development in our New Northbridge project area, by Australian Development Capital, will see the Federation style heritage listed buildings reinterpreted into a contemporary destination with dining and leisure experiences.

Plans include a 126-room hotel with ground floor courtyard including bar and restaurant space, and barbershop. The rooftop will feature a terrace bar and pool, along with cinema and function rooms.

MRA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mark Reutens said the development represents a significant innovation in construction methodology.

“The hotel will be constructed with a timber frame, an innovative and sustainable construction methodology, and will be the first timber high rise in WA and one of the largest in Australia.”

Timber framed construction has a lower whole-of-life cycle cost than concrete or steel, reduces the carbon footprint of construction and the total weight of the building which is beneficial to properties constructed near the Northbridge Tunnel.

“This building material is at the forefront of construction innovation in Australia and this development sets an exciting new benchmark in our state.”

Mr Reutens also commended the creative design and the exciting re-imagination of a heritage site.

“This development will facilitate the sensitive, adaptive reuse of the well-known historic shopfronts built in 1903. The introduction of the Newcastle Street courtyard, the activation of the heritage rooftop and the reactivation of the ground floor tenancies will substantially boost local vibrancy.”

Construction is expected to begin in early 2019.

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