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An artist s impression of a new 15-storey hotel proposed fro Wellington Street.
An artist's impression of a new 15-storey hotel proposed fro Wellington Street.

A $15 million boutique hotel featuring a striking illuminated exterior has been proposed for inner-city Perth.

The 15-storey hotel in Wellington Street would be part of the Oaks chain, which has more than 30 hotels across Australia, and is recommended for approval at tonight's City of Perth planning committee meeting.

The Republic nightclub in Shafto Lane would be demolished to make way for the hotel, which council planning officers said would complement the City Link project and contribute to a "lively, colourful" environment in Perth.

Architect Ron Jee, from Design Inc, said the Oaks would become a landmark building because of its unusual fa├žade, which features LED lights and vertical metal "fins" that provide shade and create a ripple effect.

"The inspiration came from nature, like ripples in water," he said. "It's going to be like a beacon, especially at night when it will be lit up in different colours."

There will be a lobby and dining facilities on the ground floor, and a health club, pool and conference space on the second and third floors. Levels four to 15 will have 88 hotel rooms in total, each of 32sqm.

A pedestrian link will be created alongside the hotel connecting the City Link with Shafto Lane.

Mr Jee said that, if approved, construction would start next March and be completed by the end of the year.

"It's very exciting. It's going to be central to the City Link development, the location is perfect for a boutique hotel development," he said.

In a report to council, planning officers said an "Oaks" sign on the top of the building was against the city's signs policy and needed separate approval.

Mr Jee said the hotel would be a welcome addition given the critical shortage of accommodation in Perth.

Crown plans to build a 25- storey hotel at Burswood and Fraser Suites is set to open a 236-room hotel in Adelaide Terrace by the end of the year.

The owners of Republic nightclub could not be contacted for comment, but Mr Jee said he understood the club operated on a month-by-month lease.