Leighton lands Kal deal

LEIGHTON Contractors has been given the nod to proceed with the development of the Bunbury Broadwater Silos Hotel and the Broadwater Apartment Hotel in Kalgoorlie by owner’s Kareelya Property Group.

Leighton Contractors is also the construction partner for the new Broadwater Hotel at the Geraldton Batavia Coast Marina and the redevelopment of the Swanview Lodge in Perth.

The Bunbury silo project will cost an estimated $33 million to build while the Kalgoorlie development will cost $12 million.

Kareelya Property Group director Brett Jackson said it was important for his company to convey confidence to the market – something that Leighton provided.

“What we have sought with a construction partner is access to proven technical expertise, systems and procedures that will ensure delivery of the project to budget and on time,” Mr Jackson said.

“Leighton’s involvement should also provide end purchasers with additional comfort knowing that a large construction company will stand behind its work.”

Work on the 120 room Silo Hotel is expected to begin next year, after planning approval was granted by the City of Bunbury in early August.

Building approval is anticipated before the end of the year once working drawings for the project have been finalised.

Leighton WA building manager Allan Smith said the design and development work would take about four months, with some preliminary work due to take place on site in September.

The silos will be converted to form the focal point of the hotel complex, with bars and restaurants to the first and second floors and a number of luxury hotel suites on levels three to seven. New floors will be added to provide penthouse apartments.

Construction of an additional wing will provide further hotel rooms, with a range of restaurants, retail outlets and offices forming two sides of a market square.

The design and building contract marks the first return for Leighton to the port City since building concrete gravity structures for the North West Shelf’s Wandoo Alliance’s oil exploration project several years ago.

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