A new hotel paying homage to its deep history

1309 Hay Street is a landmark near-city hotel that melds old and new. Adjoining the refurbished 1902 Walsh Family residence, the hotel consists of 101 4.5 star rooms over 13 storeys.

Cooper & Oxley was engaged under an Early Contractor Involvement basis to manage and progress the design of the project, comprising a complete restoration of the Walsh residence, as well as the build of the new hotel. Our involvement in the early stages can be directly attributed to savings of over $2m and the project being delivered two weeks ahead of programme.

The stunning building is a prime example of a residential property that has successfully undergone a change of use to commercial/recreational to successfully meet the changing character and growth of Perth city.

  • Project value
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  • Project savings achieved
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  • Hotel rooms
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Working within the confines of an inner-city site

One of the most challenging aspects of the project was its location. The site position and small area (approx. 450m2) meant minimal laydown areas, a high volume of pedestrians, restrictions on noise and vibration and complicated traffic management arrangements.

The key to a smooth process was engaging the City of Perth as soon as we were appointed to the contract. We prepared a plan to address any concerns and demonstrate our approach for risk mitigation and traffic management.

This upfront and detailed planning resulted in no safety incidents to the public, and a project that was delivered ahead of schedule.

Opened in 2016 in the west end, (1309 Hay Street) was one of the first new kids on the block. The launch of the 101-room hotel brought the 1902 heritage-listed Walsh Family Residence back to life and relaunched the Italian restaurant, Julio’s.

Pouring new life into a building with an old soul

The successful heritage restoration remains a focal point of the hotel, creating a unique, historic and inviting entrance to guests. However, no heritage restoration is without its challenges.

Strict heritage guidelines meant it was crucial to restore and retain the prominent half-timbered flying gables to the street front, the veranda with decorative timber posts, as well as the brackets, frieze and balustrading.

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  • Building on a site with significant history
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  • Footprint
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Our early input resulted in savings of over $2m and delivery two weeks ahead of programme.

We brought out tried-and-true building methods to patiently tackle the challenges of this heritage restoration. Through the process, Cooper & Oxley also managed to salvage fireplaces, arches, doors and heritage skirting from the demolition works.