A builder has won a contract to deliver a high-end prototype hotel room as part of the $200 million luxury Westin Hotel project in Darwin.
Darwin-based M & J Builders will commence construction on the prototype soon, which will provide an important step in the project’s development.
The prototype hotel room will test the design and set the quality benchmark of the hotel guest room for the entire project.
Construction on the Westin Hotel project is expected to create 500 jobs, with an additional 150 after the project is completed.
The developers of the hotel, Landbridge, is working closely with the Northern Territory Industry Capability Network to assess local capability and identify potential local contractors and suppliers.
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Works are underway on the construction of the sea wall and pedestrian footpath for the hotel.
“The NT Government is doing everything we can to create jobs, attract private investment, revitalise our CBD and grow our population through infrastructure investment, tourism and innovation – this is all part of our plan to secure the Territory’s future,” said Chief minister Michael Gunner.
“This project will see 150 ongoing local jobs, along with 500 jobs created during construction. Currently, local based business McMahon Services Australia NT in conjunction with its sister company Intract are on site with a 92 per cent Indigenous employment rate.
“It’s great to see local businesses winning contracts like M&J Builders who get to take part in an exciting development.”
Treasurer Nicole Manison said the private investment is a significant boost to the Territory’s economic confidence.
“Territory businesses are being awarded contracts and works and that is great for local jobs,” she said.
“This luxury hotel will help attract more tourist here which will be great for our economy and our tourism industry.”