PACIFIC Accor’s 120-room hotel in central Albury is set to be started mid-year, with Ply Group chosen to build the seven-floor project.
A key partner involved, David Harper, of Le Hunte Properties, confirmed yesterday that planning for the hotel next to the Australian Tax Office in Smollett Street was on track.
Ply Group, formerly trading as PBS, this week completed another of Mr Harper’s projects, The Botanical apartments next to ambulance station in Dean Street.
Mr Harper is working with Pacific Accor and Canberra investor Barry Morgan on a structure that was given planning consent with the tax building in 2011, though it wasn’t mooted as a hotel at the time.
The hotel will rise 33 metres above Smollett Street and AMP Lane, partly over the ramp entry to the Volt Lane car park, and to a design matching the tax building.
Part of the hotel ground floor is already constructed on the ground floor of the tax building.
The four-star hotel will be the first full-service hotel with restaurant, bar and conference facilities built in central Albury since Rydges began as The Travelodge in the 1970s.
All Seasons Albury Lake Hume Resort is part of the French-based Accor group’s franchise network.
Accor also operates hotels on the Murray at Mildura and Swan Hill.