- Place Development Australia, GPA Pty Ltd and Sirona Capital was selected
- Will include upgrades to Lakeside Villas and former Boys Reformatory
- Redevelopment to cost $40M
Rottnest Island, famed for its furry sensation the quokka, is set to get a major upgrade.
Following expressions of interest to redevelop the Lodge on Rottnest Island, six respondents were shortlisted.
“The submissions were assessed by an expert panel including representatives from RIA, Office of Government Architect and a member of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group (WARG).”
The $40 million dollar proposal from Place Development Australia, GPA Pty Ltd and Sirona Capital was selected.
Place Development’s proposal “includes 94 rooms, a day spa, restaurant, kiosk, beach lounge, coffee shop, bar, new pool and onsite staff accommodation.”
The Lodge will be designed by Fremantle architects Spaceagency, and include “extensive upgrades to existing buildings including the Lakeside Villas and accommodation within the former Boys Reformatory.”
“Extensive due diligence” has been conducted, and:
“The lease boundary for the project was adjusted to exclude any potentially sensitive areas.”
David Templeman, Minister for Tourism
Works are expected to get underway in mid-2022 and completed by 2025.
In recent years, the Island has seen significant investment and development, Discovery Rottnest, a glamping area at Pinky Beach, was opened in 2019, and high-end accommodation Samphire Rottnest was opened in 2020.
The island has also seen the redevelopment of the Island’s museum, and an upgrade of the roads and $3 million put into the construction of a new fuel jetty.