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Development plans have been lodged for the $30 million luxury wellness resort proposed at McLaren Vale’s Wirra Wirra Winery, with the design including 33 rooms, 10 separate buildings, a swimming pool, function hall and wellness centre.

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Adelaide developer Greaton, which revealed its partnership with Wirra Wirra last year, says the development application is now with the City of Onkaparinga and it hopes to start building the complex in late 2020.

“The Wirra Wirra resort will be like nothing else in South Australia,” says Greaton managing director Nicho Teng, who believes it will bring an “unsurpassed level of luxury to the region” and attract more “well-heeled tourists”.

Greaton, which is also building a luxury 15-storey hotel as part of the redevelopment of the GPO building in Victoria Square, has appointed Asia-based luxury resort architects Blink Design Group to design the McLaren Vale resort, with Studio S2 Architects in Adelaide undertaking “documentation and compliance”.

Teng says Wirra Wirra Wellness Resort will be the first Australian project for Blink, which has previously designed luxury resorts and spa houses in Indonesia, China, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Bora Bora and the Maldives.

The complex planned for an elevated 1.56ha block on the Wirra Wirra Winery property at 255 Strout Road will include nine double-storey buildings to be known as “casitas”.

Two existing buildings on the property, the historic Wigley House (named after Wirra Wirra founder Robert Wigley) and Sparrow’s Lodge, will be transformed into a bridal suite and guests’ reception.

Walkway view: An artist’s render of the Wirra Wirra resort, which is designed to fit in with its surroundings.

Wirra Wirra managing director Andrew Kay has previously told InDaily that the five-star resort will be sympathetic with the surrounding vineyards and the property itself, which has “lots of gum trees, old ironstone and recycled timber”.

This was echoed by Studio A2 Architects director Daniel Smedley, who says buildings will be designed to “sit behind and blend in with the native tree line”.

“The buildings will be finished with a mix of local limestone, granite and bluestone, with hardwood natural stained finishes,” Smedley says.

“The rooves will be in dark grey metal sheet roof cladding to fit in with its surrounding context.”

Teng said Greaton is negotiating with an “international wellness-oriented resort operator” that currently has no presence in Australia: “Whilst we are not in a position to reveal who they are just yet, we can say they operate some of the most renowned resorts and hotels around the world.”

Greaton hopes to complete the Wirra Wirra Wellness Resort in 2022.

It was recently reported that plans have also been lodged with Onkaparinga council for a new 82-room, three-storey hotel behind the McLaren Vale Central Shopping Centre.

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