Little National Hotel, Wynyard

Wynyard Place, Sydney

Innovative steel transfer solution to resolve complex station constraints and maximise usable hotel space

Little National Hotel is a unique and innovative steel transfer structure nestled within hotel walls maximising useable hotel space and resolving the complex Wynyard station constraints below. The $50 million project is currently under construction and taking over the airspace above the Clarence street entry to Wynyard Walk and Wynyard train station.

The distinctive building will feature a lightweight composite steel frame with bondek slabs to enable 10 levels of hotels rooms, a reception level, gym, library, and an exclusive rooftop terrace bar.

For this busy CBD live environment many unique and innovative design and delivery processes are being utilised:

  • A steel frame designed in parts for easy transport via shipping containers and simple install on-site to assist with the site restrictions.
  • A tower crane has been fixed to the roof of the existing structure to enable the site to operate with minimal impact on Clarence Street and the train station entry below.
  • Cantilevering steel fire stair.
  • Portal frame Green wall off the Eastern facade.
  • Reticulation of services through custom steel beams to resolve tight floor to floor clearances.
  • Custom fabricated sections utilised to minimise structural widths and enable desired architectural set out to be achieved.
  • Rooftop to have custom architectural steel framing to the terrace lounge areas with concealed façade framing within the steel profiles.

A multi-storey steel truss has been utilised to transfer the loads from the upper levels down, bridging across the open reception level to the existing structural concrete columns below.

Client: Doma Group

Architect: Bates Smart

Builder: Hutchinson Builders

Value: $50M

Completion: 2020

Sector: Hotels & Resorts

Services: Structural

Images © Bates Smart

Video © Doma