TFE lands hotel in new Melbourne skyscraper

TFE Hotels has secured an AUD150 million boutique hotel project in Melbourne, Australia as a part of a newbuild tower due to rise in the city’s Southbank precinct.

Hannah St. Hotel will sit under the Collection by TFE Hotels brand and will be spread across 10 levels of the Queensbridge Building skyscraper.

On schedule

Diversified property developer Time & Place and its joint venture partner MaxCap Group are spearheading the project, alongside construction and property specialist Hickory. Construction is already underway with completion on track for Q3 2025.

The 188-room boutique hotel will feature a neighbourhood bar, restaurant, and rooftop bar/events space.

Skyscraping facilities

The rest of the Queensbridge Building will house 367 residential apartments, a series of resident exclusive gardens, private rooftop terraces, lap pool, wellness studio, large scale gym, sauna, steam rooms, co-working spaces complete with sound-proof pod casting rooms, providore in the foyer and private dining room to Southbank. Hotel guests will be able to access all of these facilities.

Time & Place and Hickory also realised the potential of the Kings Way Overpass urban parklands early on and partnered with Australian Indigenous Artist, Reko Rennie prior to commence construction on site to activate their own ‘Underpark’ with a temporary basketball court.

Industrial emulation

The Queensbridge Building references a bygone era of brass, steel, and stone, emulating the postcode’s industrial era. The development’s striking facade was designed in collaboration with Elenberg Fraser, with interiors by Flack Studios.

According to Time & Place director, Tim Price: “As developers, we want to facilitate the development of legacy projects that invite art, design and culture to influence one another. We envisage the hotel will become ingrained in the cultural fabric of the suburb and form a part of the transformation, coming to life as a ‘neighbourhood hotel’ for locals and visitors alike.”

International influences

He continued: “As we set out to bring this landmark hotel to The Queensbridge Building, we are looking to bring international influences to Southbank through design and experiences. We anticipate that our hotel will be regarded as the place to stay for anyone in the arts visiting the city.

“Operating under the Collection by TFE Hotels’ brand was a natural choice for the project, not only are our brand values aligned but TFE Hotels is the perfect operator to bring to a suburb rich in arts and culture as it transitions to a premier lifestyle destination.

“This is a neighbourhood hotel. A building with roots in the community and a place where you’re welcomed in to enjoy the hospitality whether you’re staying short term or you’re a permanent resident. We aren’t developing and leaving, we’ll be in this building long after its doors have opened.”

Long term commitment

When it comes to its Collection brand, TFE Hotels’ CEO Antony Ritch says the company is 100% focused on partnerships with legacy makers, like Time & Place, which makes a commitment to the neighbourhood. He outlined: “Collection by TFE Hotels really are one-of-a-kind experiences and they take inspiration from local culture and from their surroundings,” he said. “These have a unique model of close owner collaboration, and we are incredibly fortunate to have partnered with Time & Place and MaxCap on a building that will not only become a place maker for Melbourne’s newest lifestyle destination but provide such incredible amenities for the community.

“What I love about this project is that Hannah St. Hotel will deliver an experience in a neighbourhood that is transforming, thanks to an investment in Australia’s largest cultural infrastructure project, into a truly world-class art precinct. Southbank is connected to the best of Melbourne. It has a lot of energy and a real focus on arts, sports, and the outdoors (with 18,000 sq m of additional public gardens set to be delivered) which beautifully complements those iconic Melbourne experiences – shopping, laneways, food, and culture – that we all love so much.

“And, importantly for us, Hannah St. Hotel is being delivered by Melbourne developers with a long-term commitment to the area.”

Australian slate

TFE has a lively hotel pipeline, with other Melbourne developments including the AUD340 million dual hotel project encompassing the 200-key Collection by TFE Hotels Melbourne Docklands and the 105-key A by Adina Melbourne Docklands slated for the city’s Docklands area in Q3 2026.

Elsewhere in Australia the slate features Collection by TFE Hotels Surry Hills Village, a 102-room boutique Collection property currently under construction in Sydney’s Surry Hills, due for delivery in Q1 2024; and the 142-key Adina Apartment Hotel Fremantle Perth, heading to Western Australia in Q3 2024.