Thrive Construct unveil Whyalla foreshore and Adelaide hotel proposal

Construction of a $130 million hotel in the steel town of Whyalla could begin within months.

Thrive Construct recently unveiled plans to build two hotels in Whyalla and Adelaide, with construction expected to begin in late 2022 and early 2023 respectively.

Company executive chairman Barrie Harrop said Whyalla’s location, industrial base, plans for a hydrogen center and renewable energy projects meant a hotel could make more money per room than a hotel in Adelaide.

“The [revenue per available room] is actually higher in Whyalla than in Adelaide, which shocked everyone,” he said.

He said Whyalla was probably one of the country’s most underrated destinations for a backcountry experience and there were significant opportunities for diving with cuttlefish during the winter period.

“We are talking about the biggest investment in tourism infrastructure in the South Australian region,” Mr Harrop said.

The Whyalla hotel will have 164 suites and 49 apartments.

“This will give us around 75,000 overnight stays in Whyalla, which will make it quite attractive to mining industry professionals, tourists and of course the professional teams that will be involved in these massive renewable projects in the coming years,” said Mr. Harrop.

The Adelaide Hotel in Victoria Square will be constructed of cross-laminated timber.(Provided: Thrive Construct)

Adelaide Hotel will consist of 31 levels with 324 hotel rooms and 22 apartments.

Mr Harrop said it would be the tallest building made from cross-laminated timber.

He said the use of cross-laminated timber and green steel meant the Adelaide hotel would be completely carbon neutral.

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