June 2018 Updates
June has finally seen the opening of the W Hotel. Though I've not been invited to have a look inside I did see some photos floating around that showed that the hotel is quite nice inside.
Prior to the opening there were window cleaners dusting off those curved windows.
I took a stroll down to the building and had a look inside. It certainly is impressive. I can't wait to see the rest of the public floors to be completed.
Most of the retail areas have coming soon billboards covering them with an great selection of shops coming. The huge advertising screens inside are already set up and well are huge!
May 2018 Updates
May saw the announcement
of residential tower construction starting next month. The site overall has been progressing at a steady pace.
The commercial tower is rising up and more glasswork is visible around the bottom now.
Around the other side of the building the finishing touches on the support columns were being added and lots of work happening to finishing off the lower floors.
The entrance to the W Hotel was looking like it would be ready for the opening.
The W logo took several days to get in place and lit up. The final lighting seems to include a coloured light strip along the edge of the white cladding, it's a nice effect.
Even at the end of the month and with the June 1st opening looming closer there were obvious bits of finishing work left to do. Not all of the windows have been installed on the North Quay side of the hotel where a crane was installed throughout the construction. There was also some kind of work left to do on the roof (it can be seen from Victoria bridge that something is just not completed there) and no doubt all throughout the hotel. I've reached out to Multiplex to ask for updates but received no response.
The footpath on the George Street side was closed for a period in May while the bottom entrance areas were completed ahead of the W Hotel opening.
April 2018 Updates
April has brought the W Hotel tower to closer completion as seen from the outside. The decorative cladding on either side of the building was put in and plants were delivered to the site and moved into place.
Looks like deliveries to the site are being made already.
An anonymous source has provided some interesting updates on the timelines for the hotel operations -
- The hotel operator moved in to the offices in February and have begun their operations.
- Formal testing of the rooms will commence April with some test guests.
- Opening of the Hotel to Public is 1st June 2018
March 2018 Updates
March had a few interesting developments. The North Quay side crane was removed from the W Hotel part of the construction site. That stretch of the road was closed for the duration of this operation.
Which lasted into the night too.
Then there was the PR failure on the W Hotel site announcing that the hotel was opening on the 15th of March. Of course this didn't happen.
I had an earlier post about this which I was contacted about by Multiplex. They were not happy with what was written, so in good faith I took it down until they provided further information to clarify the dates. After several initial emails going back and forth Multiplex agreed to provide a statement but then went completely silent. After several attempts to reach back out to them, all my emails went ignored and unanswered. So…I have nothing further to add here as I can only go on what information I see online and what I can see happening at the site as a casual observer.