New plans for a stunning facelift to Cottesloe’s iconic Indiana Tea House have gained overwhelming support in a social media poll.
The poll, held on the PerthNow Facebook page on Sunday, revealed 98 per cent of respondents favoured the concept submitted to Cottesloe Council.
A decision to retain the classic-style building overlooking Cottesloe beach has put an end to an earlier proposal to demolish the tea house and replace it with a modern structure.
The planned renovations will extend across three levels, including a kiosk, cafe and fine dining as well as a new rooftop pool and bar.
A 31-room luxury boutique hotel would be built on the beach side of Marine Parade.
Australian Hotels Association chief executive Bradley Woods has also thrown his support behind the concept.
He said it successfully blended the traditional elements of the original building with a modern five-star hotel hospitality precinct development.
“Clearly it’s a low-rise development that’s in concert with the need of Cottesloe Council and residents to have lower rise developments,” he said.
“But what it’s going to bring is first-class dining and accommodation to the area.”
Mr Woods said the development would be targeted at multiple tiers — from cafe, through to casual dining and fine dining.
“The employment of over 120 people in the industry over time that will be trained to a higher level will be great for career development and put a focus on tourism and hospitality as a career of choice,” he said.
“This sort of investment is certainly welcomed and it will be something that will be an iconic tourism product as well as a local hospitality multi-function venue that locals will come to love as well.”
Leaseholders Andrew and Nicola Forrest, of Tattarang, said the plans concluded years of community consultation which showed a strong attachment to the existing beach-front facade.
In 2019, Tattarang floated an idea to demolish the venue and replace it with one of four new structures, with the public favouring a glass-fronted pavilion by Kerry Hill Architects.
But the investment group announced it would reconsider its options when an expert panel of architects favoured a different design by Durbach Block Jaggers.
Under the plans proposed by architecture form Woods Bagot, the boat storage facility underneath the current building would be moved to a new, bigger beach-front site closer to Cottesloe Surf Club.
It would be replaced on the ground floor by public toilets, showers and beachside changing facilities.
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