Construction has started on a new $90 million multi-level Bunnings Warehouse in Doncaster. But the development will come with a luxury add-on, as a Mercure Hotel will be built directly above, offering 183 rooms as well as a restaurant, rooftop pool and fitness centre.
According to a report by Manningham Leader, the unique project was originally planned as a Bunnings-apartment complex hybrid before an amended permit to replace the apartments with a hotel was approved by Manningham Council.
The new hardware outlet and hotel are expected to open in late 2021, with more than 700 workers to be involved in its construction.
Accor Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer Simon McGrath identified Doncaster as a growing pocket of Melbourne in need of hotel supply.
“We are delighted to commence construction on this flagship Mercure in the heart of Doncaster – our first ever hotel built atop a Bunnings Warehouse,” he said.
“Future guests of the Mercure Melbourne Doncaster will enjoy staying in the heart of Melbourne’s Doncaster business and shopping district, with the hotel located in a prime position on Doncaster Road adjacent to Westfield.”