Colonial Leisure Group, the new owners of Townsville’s Jupiters Hotel and Casino, has unveiled plans for a re-imagining of the North Queensland destination, a focal point of the city since it opened its doors in 1986. Featuring a light and airy retro resort feel and set within lush garden surroundings, the property will be renamed ‘The Ville’ later this year, reflecting the venue’s connections with the city of Townsville.
The vision for the AUD 30 million redevelopment is to create a contemporary entertainment precinct for North Queensland, one that the local community will be proud to call their own and a tourism destination for both national and international visitors. “This property has an unrivalled location and the potential to be a big tourism drawcard. These plans bring us one step closer to realising that potential,” said owner Chris Morris at the master plan launch event.
“Designed with amenities to attract new guest markets and revitalise the hotel for existing patrons, The Ville will become a sought after destination and host to a variety of regional and cultural events,” explains Woods Bagot Associate Anna Faunt. The master plan was led by a design team from Woods Bagot’s Sydney studio, and includes refurbishment of the entire property, built around a new raised infinity pool surrounded by an elevated timber terrace.
Coupled with a new conference pavilion seating 700 people, the landscaped elevated areas will create magnificent views out to sea and nearby Magnetic Island for guests and patrons. The team is working collaboratively with client Colonial Leisure Group as well as David Dubois of ROOM design office who is leading the guest room refurbishment. Construction on The Ville is expected to commence in January 2016. Source by Woods Bagot.