Pro-Invest Group has opened the brand new, energy efficient Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank
345-key Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank
Project also features 370sqm retail & 4,500sqm of commercial and car parking
Attracted funding from the Federal Government's Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Pro-Invest Group has opened the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank.
The 345-key Hotel was built with the intention to deliver a 25% reduction in energy usage compared to other typical city hotels. As a result, the project attracted funding from the Federal Government's Clean Energy Finance Corporation, with the $39 million construction and term debt facility enabling the Southbank project to target a 5-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System energy rating.
Positioned on City Road, the project features a 22-storey mixed-use development including a 370sqm retail space, and 4,500sqm of commercial space and car parking.
CEO of developer Pro-invest Group, Ronald Barrott, said his company's commitment to highest levels of sustainability was driven by the opportunity to work with CEFC to establish a template for environmentally-sensitive urban hotels.
"Our partnership with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will see the Southbank hotel and all our future new-build hotels complying with strict energy-saving initiatives to ensure attainment of a 5-Star NABERS energy rating,” he said.
To help achieve the 5-star rating, the Holiday Inn Express has incorporated high-performance glazing, high-efficiency air-cooled chillers and condensing boilers and solar photovoltaic systems on the hotel’s roof into the hotel development.
Other initiatives include regenerative lift drives rather than standard lift motors which will enable the hotel to recycle energy, and integrated building management and guestroom energy management systems to both monitor and drive building performance.
The hotel will receive its NABERS rating after it has been operating for 12 months.