Crown Group has fast tracked the opening of its third Sydney guesthouse – in the inner south Green Square precinct – by three months.
Ninety serviced apartments, configured as studios and with one and two bedrooms, will be available from next week within the Skye Residences component of the developer’s Infinity by Crown Group complex.
The landlord’s chief operating officer, Pierre Abrahamse, last week said the decision was made to cater for a rise in demand from guests seeking space to isolate while maintaining work schedules.
Amongst the visitors expected to drive demand are executives returning from offshore posts and essential service staff seeking to protect spreading coronavirus COVID-19 within their household.
In Victoria, the government announced 10 days ago that hotel accommodation was one of the costs it would pick up for vital employees (childcare is another).
Crown Group is offering Skye Residences suites for a minimum of 90 days.
Infinity by Crown Group
The serviced apartments are within a distinctive 20-storey complex penned by Sydney architect Koichi Takada.
The structure forms part of the $575 million Infinity by Crown Group at the south east corner of Botany Road and Bourke Street – a western gateway to the $13 billion Green Square precinct which will also contain a metro station at Waterloo, aquatic centre and park.
Infinity, which is at Green Square station, will contain 326 apartments, a 1180 square metre landscaped plaza and town centre, primary school and medical centre.
A supermarket and about 18 shops, to be occupied by, amongst others, a noodle house, butcher, farmer’s marketplace and McDonald’s, form part of a retail component.
A hotel for short stay guests, earmarked to open at Skye in July, had its interiors created by Juliet Ashworth (pictured above, right), host of Channel 7 TV show Instant Hotel and former Vogue editor in chief.
Nowadays the director of CHADA, the designer has fit out Hilton Auckland, Saffire Freycinet in Tasmania’s Cole Bay, Marriot Momi Bay Resort and Spa in Fiji and InterContinental Dhaka.
The Green Square urban renewal project covers 292 hectares of former industrial land between four and five kilometres from the CBD.
It encapsulates sites in Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Roseberry, Waterloo and Zetland (the latter, being the suburb Infinity by Crown Group is located).
By 2030, Green Square is is expected to accommodate about 80,000 residents and workers (ASX-listed petroleum giant Caltex was one group reportedly considering setting up an office in the precinct).
Crown Group in Australia and abroad
Crown Group opened a Sydney CBD hotel, Arc, two years ago.
In 2017, it began trading in Australia out of the V by Crown development in Parramatta, 24 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD.
Its portfolio of projects and developments contains sites elsewhere in Sydney, at Eastlakes and Waterloo, in Melbourne’s Southbank and Brisbane, at West End.
In the United States Crown Group has earmarked a development in Los Angeles.
The company also has a Jakarta office.