Client: GAG Kingsley Property Company P/L
Cost: $8.2 Million
Status: Approved (2019)

City Plan gained approval to convert the old Newcastle Council Office building into a boutique hotel in Newcastle’s Civic Precinct.


The proposed development is for the conversion of an existing circa 1977 commercial building into a 5-star, 130-room boutique hotel. This primarily involves:

  • A change of use from office premises to hotel accommodation;
  • Internal and external alterations and additions;
  • The construction of two additional levels; and
  • Associated signage and landscaping works.

The design of the proposal enhances the building’s relationship with the public domain, and surrounding heritage items.

Our Involvement

City Plan prepared of the Statement of Environmental Effects and Clause 4.6 Variation Request (Building Height) to support the DA. This included attending meetings with Council, liaising with sub-consultants, providing strategic planning advice and advising on the approvals process.
City Plan also worked extensively with the client, project architect, traffic consultant and Council during the post-lodgement phase, negotiating traffic and design outcomes to ensure both were suitable for all parties. The application was recommended for approval, with councillors unanimously voting in favour of approval.