REDEVELOPMENT plans for Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino have been revealed with one vision in mind – to develop the property into a contemporary entertainment precinct for the North.
Global architecture firm Woods Bagot, the same firm behind Sydney’s award-winning ivy precinct, has completed the proposed plans with a resort-style pool featuring a swim-up bar and surrounded by an elevated timber terrace.
The design also includes refreshed dining destinations and a flexible new pavilion for poolside events.
Executive Chairman of Colonial Leisure Group (CLG) Chris Morris, who owns Jupiters Townsville, said the proposed plan has been costed at approximately $30 million, with works to refurbish three hotel floors to commence later this year.
Woods Bagot has cleverly designed the expansion to take advantage of the property’s outlook to the Coral Sea and Magnetic Island, proposing new function and events spaces, restaurants and bars and an impressive spiral deck that wraps around the infinity pool.
“These plans are the first visual stage in the revitalisation of the site,” Mr Morris said.
“We believe the redevelopment will help evolve this property’s reputation as a premium entertainment and leisure destination for North Queensland; and the completed development will support Townsville’s efforts establishing itself as a genuine tourism destination – which will benefit all of us whether directly or indirectly.
“I can see the Townsville community embracing this property for years to come just as they have for the past 29 years.
“It would be the minority of North Queenslanders who have never experienced this venue – whether attending concerts, conferences, weddings, graduations, celebrations, visiting friends or family staying at the hotel, gaming at the casino or dining at the restaurants; this is an iconic property in North Queensland,” he said.
“That’s why we have named the property ‘The Ville’. A name that is synonymous with Townsville that locals can be proud of and claim as their own. A name that connects the venue with this city and the region, that travellers can associate with Townsville. A name that aligns with our relaxed, retro, resort-style redevelopment.”
Jupiters Townsville will transition to its new name The Ville later this year.
Summary of developments
- Revamp of levels 14, 15, and 16 of the hotel.
- A new restaurant and bar offering relaxed dining inside or out.
- A new high-end restaurant.
- Revamp of Aqua buffet restaurant featuring a buffet with separate stations including live cooking stations with views to the pool.
- A new resort-style infinity pool with views to the Coral Sea and cabanas available for hire.
- A new resizable pavilion for functions and events beside the pool.
- Soft refurbishment of the Casino with a layout change, introduction of the latest electronic games and soft furnishings.
- Painting of the exterior of the building and addition of double glazed windows to hotel rooms at the rear.