The new Mantra MacCarthur hotel has officially opened for business! AMC and HTI Group have successfully transformed a tired government office building on Northbourne Avenue into a new 4-star hotel, boasting 136 rooms and 40 suites, a Mediterranean restaurant and gym. The interior of the building was completely stripped back and fitted out with a contemporary palette of black steelwork, timber, brass and soft furnishings while the existing facade was largely retained with some cosmetic improvements to provide a strong presentation to Northbourne Avenue, a welcoming entry and vibrant dining area. Read more about this unique project here or via our project profile page.
AMC’s adaptive re-use of a commercial office building to create a new hotel is almost complete with the Mantra MacCarthur Hotel set to open this Spring. The 10-storey hotel boasts 136 rooms and 40 suites, a restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, secure parking and internet lounge. The existing precast façade of the building was retained with new Core 10 folded metal cladding superimposed to create interest and new awning and glazing elements added at ground level to provide an inviting entry and restaurant/lounge area. The internal areas were stripped back to create an industrial feel with accents of black steelwork, brass, mirrors and stone softened with wall panelling, natural materials and furnishings. Click here for more details or visit www.mantrahotels.com/mantra-macarthur-hotel for more information.
A discussion paper entitled “Transforming Canberra’s City Centre” has been launched by the Property Council of Australia and Canberra CBD Limited to encourage both the ACT government and the broader community to engage in a deeper conversation about revitalising Canberra’s city centre. The paper brought together a diverse group of town planners, public servants, retailers, restaurateurs, building owners and designers, including AMC’s Alastair MacCallum.
This Canberra Times article provides a snapshot of the group’s aspirations for Canberra’s CBD.
The Canberra Times recently featured AMC’s Alastair MacCallum to explore the opportunities presented by the adaptive reuse of old office buildings and the roadblocks and challenges that need to be overcome to take advantage of vacant and underutilised commercial centres. Read the interview here.
AMC and Geocon’s successful adaptive reuse of an old office building as a hotel – Abode, The Apartment Hotel, recently featured in the Domain exploring the challenges and opportunities such a project offered the design and construction team.