Redevelopment of Sydney’s colonial heritage gems will create luxury Sandstone hotel in the central business district
The Sandstone Buildings—formerly home to the Department of Lands and the Department of Education—cover two blocks of Sydney’s central business district. They’re an iconic embodiment of 1800s colonial architecture and also subject to the highest level of heritage protection in New South Wales. So, when Pontiac Land Group wanted to redevelop, restore, and reinvent the buildings to create one of the finest hotels in the world, we signed on to solve the design challenges.
Challenges included achieving floor-to-floor and sole-occupancy acoustic separation while working within heritage constraints and meeting complex hotel requirements while minimising impact on the façade and architecture. One solution was providing mechanical services with a centralised system through a tunnel connecting the two buildings under Loftus Street. Additionally, water, sewer, stormwater, and gas connections were reused to minimise excavation and impact on footings.
Incorporating a swimming pool, day spa, restaurants, rooftop bar, extensive function areas, and nine levels of guest accommodation, the new hotel will open the site to the general public while maintaining the important history of Sydney.
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