A new boutique retro hotel with floating suites is a step closer for Dock One at Port Adelaide with Starfish submitting a design application to the State Commission Assessment panel…

Starfish Developments’ delivery of new boutique accommodation in Port Adelaide is a step closer following its design application to the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) for the former Marine and Harbours Building (MHB) within its Dock One development at Port Adelaide.

The innovative submission to renovate and repurpose the characterful 1970s MHB structure to a value of $30M includes 10 individual overwater hotel suites and associated landings, moorings and access pontoons within the confines of the Port Adelaide River.

Managing Director Damon Nagel said that the refurbishment of the vacant structure and addition of over-water accommodation would make a striking architectural statement in the centre of Port Adelaide and attract more visitors and business to the area.

“Our focus as a developer is always to break new ground, to create enticing and attractive places to live, work and visit that build on the foundations that already exist in the community and locality,” said Damon.

Architect Enzo Caroscio said how exciting and rewarding it is to redevelop an old and interesting building.

 “Although the Marine and Harbours Building is not heritage-listed, it’s an outstanding example of stripped-down Brutalist architecture that was popular in the 70s. It’s great to have the rare opportunity to retain such an iconic structure, with a contemporary reinterpretation to bring it up to date,” said Enzo.

When finished, the new building and floating suites will contain between them, a total of 81 rooms. The accommodation will include a restaurant with an outdoor dining area on the ground floor, a conference room on the first-floor level, a gymnasium on the second level plus a rooftop bar and outdoor cinema.

Starfish Developments is in negotiation with a number of world-class hotel operators to run the enterprise in partnership.

“The proposal will define Dock One as a tourism destination for the State, attracting local, interstate and international guests” said Damon. “It makes a strong statement of intent that the Port is changing and will be a great place to live, visit or work. Our plans illustrate what can be achieved with commitment and imagination.”