Property and Infrastructure Specialists
Providing expert project management services to a luxury hotel upgrade for a major retail client.
Vicinity Centres
Chadstone, Victoria

Luxury hotel expansion

Chadstone Shopping Centre has enjoyed successful expansion since the 1980s. Co-owners Gandel Group and Vicinity Centres take every opportunity for market innovation, giving customers new experiences and exciting options. Their most recent enterprise is a luxury resort-style fashion and retail-themed hotel, which connects directly to the Centre.

APP has a longstanding and successful relationship with the client, and our experts have project managed numerous staged tenancy upgrades and fit-outs at Chadstone. We were delighted to be engaged to provide upfront project advisory and management services for this next major milestone project. 

Above and beyond expectations

Our team led the detailed planning, consulting and design management services for the hotel, working closely with Vicinity Centres to achieve desired outcomes, including administering the tender process to appoint Hickory Group for construction. 

APP collaborated with operational partners Accor on their appointment, and the project team continued to lead the program and find solutions to challenges. The team supported the early curtain wall façade design and prototype process, and the design and construction of a hotel room prototype ahead of the main construction. 

Concurrently, APP managed: 

  • direct procurement of hotel case goods, hotel fixtures, fittings and equipment (FFE)
  • hotel AV/IT and specialist operator equipment procurement
  • design of all interiors, AV and IT, specialist lighting throughout Public Areas

Expert delivery

With APP acting as superintendent from mid-2018 for the base building, the hotel fit-out commenced in early 2019. Our team managed the integration of the head contract and key FFE contracts, including the logistics associated with the final pre-opening bump-in.  

Practical completion was achieved throughout September and early October 2019, allowing the successful roll-out of pre-opening marketing activities leading up to the opening on 1 November.

A 5-star achievement

Through the leadership of APP experts and successful collaboration with key contractors, the 5-star Hotel Chadstone Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel opened to guests on 1 November 2019, as planned.

 The 250-room luxury hotel development spans 19,000m2 and includes:

  • 21 suites and corporate accommodation over 12 levels
  • two restaurants
  • conferencing for over 400 attendees
  • function facilities
  • rooftop pool
  • cocktail bar 
  • day spa

In addition, Hotel Chadstone Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel is on-track to achieve the 5-Star Green Star Design and As Built rating, the first 5-star hotel to receive the certification.

“We found APP’s team of PM’s were disciplined, diligent and onto every detail.”

Richard O'Dwyer

Senior Development Manager

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