The Halim Group has today announced The Hotel Windsor will be brought back to its former glory as one of the world’s great grand hotels.
The hotel will close later this year when demolition of the Bourke Street corner building resumes and construction will take three years. The $330 million redevelopment is estimated to create over 800 construction jobs and 1,320 indirect jobs. On completion the hotel will generate 715 direct and indirect jobs in the hotel sector, and $315 million of accommodation and retail spending in Melbourne over five years.
The hotel will fill an important gap in Melbourne’s hotel market, providing the city with a point of difference from other parts of Australia – a combination of luxury heritage and contemporary comfort in an authentic historical environment.
The Halim Group has appointed architects Denton Corker Marshall and interior designers David Collins Studio of London to realise the Windsor vision. All the well-known heritage aspects of the hotel will be retained and restored closer to their original appearance – the staircase, ballroom, heritage suites and foyer.
“We always had faith that any fair and independent decision-maker would recognise the huge community benefits from saving the Windsor, which is Australia’s last grand 19th century hotel” – The Halim Group