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Pirie St hotel on heritage site facing construction delays

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UPDATED: Construction of the 27-storey, $180 million Hyatt Regency Hotel on Pirie Street has been delayed, the Adelaide City Council has revealed.

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InDaily reported in August that Hyatt had partnered with development company CES Pirie Hotel to build a new 295-room Hyatt Regency hotel with adjoining swimming pool and bar at the site of the former Bank of South Australia building.

The existing five-storey building at 51 Pirie Street was built in 1927 and its front façade is listed on the Adelaide City Council’s local heritage register.

Demolition and construction was slated to begin early this year in time for a 2023 open date, but photos taken by InDaily this morning show the building is still intact, with no sign of construction having commenced.

The city council’s associate director of planning, design and development Shanti Ditter said on Tuesday that the Hyatt development “has got some delays”.

“We don’t know when construction is likely to commence,” she said.

“When they commence construction, generally as a rule of thumb, we work off 18 months to two years (for completion).”

An image of the Hyatt Regency Adelaide hotel to be build on Pirie St. Image supplied.

A Hyatt spokesperson told InDaily the company expected a “slight delay” to the start of construction, but the hotel remained on track to open in early 2023.

InDaily contacted property group Chip Eng Seng Corporation Ltd – the owner of the Pirie Street Hotel entity – for comment, but is yet to receive a response.

InDaily also attempted to contact developer CES Pirie Hotel.

The Adelaide City Council advised the State Commission Assessment Panel in March last year to reject the demolition of the existing heritage-listed building, warning it was not consistent with development plan requirements.

But Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor was supportive of the development at its August announcement, saying it would “transform Pirie Street and provide a significant boost for the local economy”.

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