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Construction could start this year on $30 million, eight-storey Middleton Beach hotel

Construction could start this year on the new $30 million Middleton Beach hotel, with developers working with the State Design Review Panel to finalise their plans.

Premier Mark McGowan in December 2020 revealed Pacifica Developments and Ausglobal Group had agreed to buy a prime 3700sqm site to build a hotel to be operated by Seashells Hospitality Group.

The site has sat empty since 2007, when the former Esplanade Hotel was demolished.

Collab Capital development director Evan Campbell said that if approved, the hotel would have eight storeys and 66 suites with a combination one, two and three-bedroom suites.

The suites would range in size from 40sqm to 100sqm, with all having beach and park views, and some featuring roof terraces.

“The ground plane along the beachfront will have an awesome new bar and brasserie, that will have indoor and outdoor dining,” Mr Campbell said.

“It will also have a public roof terrace on the second level that will also have terrific views and amenity.

“We will look to do some outdoor fire pits — like the pubs in Queenstown — to deal with the cold and challenging weather of Albany.

“We will also look to emulate some of the local Kojonup stone in the hotel that the council have installed along the beachfront boardwalk, which will look great and tie in with the fantastic new public beachfront.”

Because of the significance of the development, the hotel plans are being reviewed by the State Design Review Panel — a committee chaired by the WA Government Architect to provide independent advice on major development proposals.

“Collab Capital and our architects BOX Architects have lodged our preliminary plans . . . and have had our first State Design Review Panel meeting,” Mr Campbell said.

“While this early feedback was generally supportive of our vision for the site, we received good some constructive feedback which we are now addressing.

“Our intention is to go back to our second State Design Review Panel over the next 4-6 weeks.”

If the development gains the support of the panel, a formal development application will be lodged with the City of Albany, Mr Campbell said.

That application would subject to the standard public advertising and approvals process.

Mr Campbell said the aim was to have the hotel ready to operate in the first half of 2024.

“All things going to plan and the site being available for Collab Capital to transfer to us from the State, we expect to start on site later this year,” he said.

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