Essendon Fields will be the home of Australia’s first Hyatt Place Hotel and Larkin Events Centre, creating around 400 jobs in Melbourne’s north-west.
The CEO of Melbourne property development companies Linfox & Beck Corp, along with the leader of the National Party The Hon Warren Truss MP, have announced details of the new Hyatt Place Hotel, and adjoining Events Centre.
“Today, our vision to deliver Melbourne’s North-West an international first class hotel and state-of-the-art Events Centre becomes a reality.” Chris Cowan, Essendon Fields CEO, told The Newsroom.
“The hotel is an exciting addition to Essendon Fields and will service a growing need for airport travellers and local businesses. It also enhances the appeal for businesses to join the flourishing Business District at Essendon Fields.”
The new Events Centre will unlock meeting, conference and event opportunities for Melbourne’s north-west, creating 330 jobs during the construction phase and 70 ongoing employment opportunities which will provide an economic benefit of approximately 20 million dollars to Victoria.
“The Events Centre will provide a venue of unprecedented facilities, space and technology for this area. This will be the only facility with this capacity in the region and it will further strengthen the unique amenity offering at Essendon Fields. Everything about The Events Centre is geared around guests having a first class experience”, Mr Cowan said.
The proposal has attracted the attention of the local council and residents, with many both excited and concerned about what the project will mean for the community. John Sipek, Moonee Valley Councillor and member of the Essendon Residents group told The Newsroom the project will provide opportunities for the community, but there are also negatives to consider.
“The project will benefit businesses by providing more customers, it will also benefit the community by providing jobs,” says Mr Sipek. “The only negative I see is the traffic flow that will occur due to the increase of people to and from Essendon Fields.”
The Hyatt Place Hotel and The Larkin Events Centre are expected to be opened to the public by early 2017. – Emma Kamil.
Top photo supplied by Essendon Fields