Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour, is adding 231 rooms and 4800 square metres of convention space. The 25-storey development in Sussex Street, which is now before the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure for approval, will add much needed rooms to Sydney’s four and five-star hotel market.

On completion, the 927-room hotel will become an integral part of the Darling Harbour precinct on the CBD’s western edge. The hotel and office tower will be built over Slip Street, revitalising vacant land.

Construction is expected to start in 2013 and be completed in the first half of 2015. Since M&L Hospitality acquired the hotel in 2009, it has undertaken a multi-phase enhancement strategy. Phase one, which is complete, included repainting the hotel’s exterior and replacing TVs and beds in all guest rooms. Phase two, which is underway, includes a complete refurbishment and enhancement of all guest rooms.

The chief executive officer of the Singapore-based M&L Group, Jocelyn Kum, says: “This will represent the third phase of investment by the group, reflecting our confidence in the Sydney market. M&L Hospitality is acutely conscious of the heritage values of the state significant site, and the redevelopment is expected to have negligible impact on the four heritage properties located within the site.”

The development will increase and improve the pedestrian access to Darling Harbour from Sussex Street, making it both safer and more direct. The development also aims to animate the eastern side of Darling Harbour through its main drawcard, a conference and exhibition meeting space. A structurally impressive design makes use of airspace above the Western Distributor, allowing for striking floor-to-ceiling glass fronted views to Darling Harbour.