InterContinental Sydney begins $95m redevelopment

The $95 million redevelopment of InterContinental Sydney has been given the greenlight by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, with construction work now underway.

Owner and developer Mulpha Australia’s plans include dramatically enhancing its public facing amenity while preserving the hotel’s unique heritage including the original façade elements of the NSW Treasury Building dating back to 1851.

The internal upgrade will include all 500-plus guest rooms and corridors, as well as refurbishment of the ground level including the Macquarie Street entry, receptions, and the inclusion of a new iconic public bar within the heritage central court.

(L-R) Ian Lomas (Woods Bagot); Tracey Wiles (Woods Bagot); Mark Short (Built); Leanne Harwood (IHG); Joshua Whittaker (Built); Jennifer Brown (InterContinental Sydney); Tim Spencer (Mulpha); and Greg Shaw (Mulpha).

There will also be a full refurbishment of the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, level 31 gym and pool, and another new bar within the level 32 Club InterContinental lounge that will be open to the public.

The redevelopment is expected to be completed in early 2022, with the hotel to remain open throughout most of the works.

“This project is testament to our confidence and commitment in the future of our iconic flagship hotel, and of Sydney’s future as a global tourist and business destination,” said Greg Shaw, CEO of Mulpha Australia.

“Although international tourism has been doing it tough this year, it will bounce back, and when it does, we believe it will be premier dress circle properties in unique locations such as this, that will be the major beneficiaries.”