The proposed development comprises a 110 room hotel, bar, restaurant, top-floor function space, and associated facilities. The proposed development will provide much needed, high quality short stay accommodation adjacent to the Busselton foreshore. The proposal will improve the attraction of Busselton as a tourist destination, as well as providing employment opportunities that contribute to the local economy.
The building design provides two main façades being the Foreshore Parade façade (north) and the southern elevation that faces Busselton City Centre (and the main approach to the foreshore) to the south. Both frontages offer a modern design with transparent elements, large opening surround and balconies design features providing activation and interest to the facades, and incorporate design elements that will tie in with the adjacent Busselton Foreshore, such as the articulated pitched roof feature of the development and the re-use of recycle timber from the Jetty. The architectural borders on the façade frames the reflection of the picturesque foreshore the building is facing.
The following design elements have also been incorporated:
- A partially outdoor function space on the top floor of the building, overlooking the ocean.
- Permeable glazing along the Foreshore Parade and Jetty Way ground floor frontages provide visual interaction to the public realm, and passive surveillance between the public and private spaces.
- Dual pedestrian access points to the hotel lobby from the porte cochere on Jetty Way (west elevation), and via the outdoor seating area on Foreshore Parade (north elevation).
- The plant yard and service areas are integrated into the design of the building, and are screened or sleeved with appropriate building materials in all instances.
- Service infrastructure has been located on the rooftop, within a screened enclosure and setback from all façade lines to avoid undue visual amenity impacts.
The intent of the overall design is to ensure that the development presents in a manner which contributes positively to the amenity of the area.