August 5, 2022 | By Graeme Kemlo

A $170 million development proposal for Adelaide could see a 31-storey tower, claimed to be the world’s tallest timber hotel, in the heart of the CBD.

Australian-based international architects, Cox Architecture has designed the hotel for local developer, Thrive Construct.

It will face the city’s Victoria Square,  which is a focal point for major events such as the Santos Tour Down Under, and will be built around the former MLC building which is heritage-listed as Adelaide’s first post-war skyscraper.

The as-yet-unnamed hotel, which is due to commence construction early next year, will feature 324 hotel rooms and 22 apartments with a sky terrace and rooftop bar.

Thrive executive chairman Barrie Harrop said the Adelaide hotel would be the tallest hotel manufactured from cross laminated timber and green steel, which meant “the Adelaide hotel would be completely carbon neutral”.

As part of a total $300 million investment in infrastructure, Harrop also announced that a second low-rise timber hotel would be built in the South Australian regional industrial town of Whyalla. Work will commence later this year on the property which will have 164 rooms and 49 apartments.