This week saw the reinstatement of Sydney’s former Water Board headquarters reach a pivotal phase in the construction process, as the historic 1939 art deco building transforms into the CBD’s newest 5-star property; Primus Hotel Sydney.
A construction team of 30 orchestrated for the final piece of the new glazing to be lifted via crane and suspended into position over the restored original ‘laylight’ glazing, casting light on the lobby of the heritage listed building that has lay vacant and concealed for over 60 years.
The development of Primus Hotel Sydney marks the revival of the original building at 339 Pitt Street – that once served as the offices of the Sydney Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage (M.W.S.& D.) Board. Upon completion, the space will be transformed in a 172-room hotel, spanning six floors, with key offerings including a destination restaurant and bar, Presidential Suite, ballroom and rooftop infinity pool and lounge.
Woods Bagot, have been appointed to lead the refit and bring an engaging vision for the new hotel, with a focus on ‘looking back to look forward.’ Key to the re-instatement of the building is to protect its legacy, paying homage to its essence of functionality and conserving decorative detailing including 8m tall red scagliola columns in the lobby, glazed ceramic tiling and solid timber panelling.
“It is about bringing a sense of repurpose to the property that once stood as a significant public operating space. Key phases in the development such as revealing the skylight confirm the level and volume of detail that will be seen in this building once completed,” comments Woods Bagot’s Principle Architect, Wade Little.
The hotel’s appointed General Manager; Grant Middleton further remarks on its positioning;
“The face of Sydney’s skyline is going through significant change at present, with a multitude of new developments in play. Primus Hotel Sydney is a crucial development to celebrate the city’s heritage. It will revive the true sense of luxury accommodation within the CBD, whilst reawakening the iconic property’s purpose as a multi-serving public space.”
The hotel will be the landmark accommodation offering from Greenland Group – a leading diversified property and finance group. The creation of a new laneway will connect Primus Hotel Sydney with its neighbouring landmark tower also in development – Greenland Centre. Once completed it will stand as the tallest residential building ever to grace the Sydney skyline.
Primus Hotel Sydney is scheduled to be unveiled at the end of 2015.