WESTMEAD is gaining a new Travelodge Hotel which could prove to be the healthiest hotel in Australia.
The $100M health and wellbeing Travelodge Hotel at West Grove will have 100 rooms and will be close to Westmead’s medical facilities.
It will be managed by Drill Pty Ltd Hotel at West Grove after signing a long-term management agreement with TFE Hotels.
The Travelodge will be located on the current Westmead Shopping Centre site at the gateway to Westmead’s Health and Innovation Precinct.
Drill chief executive Mark Hovey told leading web site Urban Developer the revised development application for the 2150sq m site would ensure West Grove provided the accommodation, infrastructure, retail and food and beverage services needed into the future.
“The hotel accommodation is a key component of West Grove. Drill are the first to introduce this option within the Westmead Health Precinct, so it fills an important gap within the overall district offering,” Mr Hovey said.
“At the moment, if you are family living outside of greater Sydney and your child or other family member is transferred to Westmead, your only options for hotel accommodation are 15 minutes away. At West Grove you will be just metres away.”
The Travelodge also features commercial space for healthcare businesses, specialists and co-working providers. These include a Woolworths metro-style fresh food supermarket, a hawker style food court, a tavern, courtyard cafes, and specialist retail.
It will include 126 car spaces, along with end-of-trip facilities and electric vehicle charging stations. Mr Hovey said West Grove would be a thoughtfully designed “oasis” for people with loved ones receiving medical treatment.
Drill recently received approval for its revised plans for the 100-room health and wellbeing hotel, scaling back from a residential apartment component.
TFE Hotels’ chief executive Antony Ritch said TFE was proud to partner with Drill and introduce the Travelodge Hotels brand into Australia’s largest health and innovation precinct.
“Not only will the Travelodge Westmead debut a fresh new interior design with warm timber and earthy tones,” he said.
“But, in partnership with the West Grove development, it will deliver long-term benefits as the thriving Westmead community continues to grow.”
Mr Ritch said the hotel would feature simple, stylish interiors throughout including the rooms, sixth level lobby, eatery and bar. One of West Grove’s central design features is a lush, landscaped courtyard space activated with restaurants, cafes and bars.
“West Grove is the future heart of the Westmead Health and Innovation Precinct for healthcare professionals as well as local and regional visitors,” Mr Hovey said.
Drill has started leasing West Grove’s healthcare space including a day surgery, large general practice and independent health consulting suites with Healthcare Property Group.
Construction of the multi-storey complex at West Grove is expected to start this year. The opening of West Grove is scheduled for Christmas 2022, with Travelodge Westmead opening early 2023.
By DALLAS SHERRINGHAM
Sources: The Urban Developer, Westmead Shopping Centre