DOMA Group has tweaked the design of its Little National Hotel and office building in Honeysuckle Drive after feedback from planning authorities.
The company lodged a development application for the third iteration of the project in March after winning approval for a 147-room hotel and 52 apartments in 2018.
DOMA changed the units to serviced apartments that year then dropped them altogether to expand the hotel and build offices.
The eight-storey, 178-room Little National will sit beside an adjoining nine-storey office building on one side and a landscaped Cottage Creek on the other. DOMA has shaved two metres off the height of the office building and added two metres to the hotel.
The offices are six storeys higher than the adjoining Hunter Water building, but, in a written response to submissions, the company says the amended project will "act as a transition site" to the 30-storey height limit on soon-be-sold vacant land to the west.
"Whilst there are increases in height in some components of the building, it is notable that the overall gross floor area has decreased from 12,510 square metres to 11,816 square metres and the previous visual bulk of the building has been reduced," the submission says.
The new plans drop the proposed commercial operation of some of the 177 car parking spaces by a third party.
The project is being assessed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as a state significant development, a planning process reserved for major proposals, including tourism ventures.
DOMA has finished the Lume apartments across the road and has started work on the Huntington units on the waterfront.
It also built the Edition apartments and office building in Honeysuckle Drive.
It is selling units in another high-rise in Merewether Street and is constructing the city's largest office building on the Store site.
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