QT Hotel Newcastle | SJB

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

QT Hotel Newcastle | SJB

Traditional Land Owners
Awabakal and Worimi Peoples

New South Wales



Richard Crookes Construction
Tom Roe and Mark Lane
Project summary

Situated in the former Scotts building and Mitchell & Co. warehouse, the design for the QT Newcastle has carefully restored the original heritage façade, maintaining the finely detailed feature elements and the art deco clock face on the corner of Hunter Street and Perkins. Internally, the existing floorplates have been carefully lifted and lowered to realign with the original levels to match the existing façade openings.

A new addition has been added above the existing façade, respectfully stepping back to ensure the integrity and grandeur of the heritage corner remains. The new rear lane addition creates an entrance to the signature restaurant, Jana, and provides activation via a laneway on the southern side of the building.

The new hotel provides a sensitive adaptation of a prominent Newcastle landmark, reinforcing the town centre’s unique character.

New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Heritage
Region Jury Citation

SJB have demonstrated great skill in their arrangement of the hotel floor plan across the misaligned floor plates of the former Scotts building and Mitchell & Co. warehouse, to retain the fenestration and other key features of the original façades.

SJB’s effort, care and attention to detail are evident in the reinvigorated exterior, which contributes to the preservation of the character of Newcastle’s old city centre.

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