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PTI specialises in the design and creation of successful tourism, residential and all other forms of managed accommodation properties

our approach

In the market today where competition between properties is considerable and where providing something “special” and at a value for money price is fundamental to the success of a property, properties need to be very carefully designed in order to achieve the required results.

This requires a much more comprehensive and different approach to that offered by the traditional and general Architectural practice, one that is much more commercially focused and market sensitive; and one that can deliver properties that can both capture the imagination and attention of the market as well as to be able to be built on time and on budget.

In this regard PTI has concentrated for the last 25 years in developing and honing such a service. We started as specialists in the highly competitive strata hotel and resort markets where getting the right balance between the “experience” being offered and its cost is critical, and from there our work has extended through all sectors of the tourism and residential markets. All these markets share the same fundamental objective ~ to live in or stay at a place that provides a very pleasurable experience delivered at the right price.

Our approach is focussed on achieving highest and best commercial outcomes for our Clients which we have consistently achieved over the last 25 years.

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design

We create properties which have that special concept, character, ambience and experience as well as the facilities to attract and retain the market.

deal

We ensure all aspects of the project or property are focused on achieving our Client’s commercial requirements and objectives.

operations

We ensure that the property will operate through its working life most efficiently and economically.

project management

We ensure our projects are completed on time, on cost and to the required level of quality.

key features of a PTI designed property

  • Our requirements and objectives are to capture the attention, imagination and patronage of the intended target markets.

  • Component facilities are created to be highly sought after by the market.

  • We implement the concepts and strategies required practically, efficiently and economically.

  • Durability and life-cycle cost efficiency is our focus.

  • We allow fitouts to be operated efficiently, economically and in the manner required.

  • All issues of your project are prioritised as required and that the design and construction solution works to achieve your objectives.

  • Our requirements and objectives are to capture the attention, imagination and patronage of the intended target markets.

  • Component facilities are created to be highly sought after by the market.

  • We implement the concepts and strategies required practically, efficiently and economically.

  • Durability and life-cycle cost efficiency is our focus.

  • We allow fitouts to be operated efficiently, economically and in the manner required.

  • All issues of your project are prioritised as required and that the design and construction solution works to achieve your objectives.

Our story

a summary of our journey seen via key projects we have undertaken over the last 25 years

  • The new Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club & Mantra Resort This was our first major project after commencing practice in 1991. We were introduced to the Club who needed to provide a new carpark facility but did not have the funds to do so. We provided the concept of a strata apartment hotel in the air-space over their Club and then assisted them in all stages of bringing this into reality. From the proceeds they not only were able to build a new car park but also a new major Club facility. PTI provided Architecture, Interior Design and Development Management Services for the project. Overall albeit our design was compromised, the end result was quite a considerable accomplishment.

  • Mantra Sydney Apartment Hotel, 433 Kent Our next major project in the mid 1990s was one of the first major serviced apartment developments in the Sydney CBD. We provided the development concept for a Client who had purchased this commercially zoned site and were looking for the way to best develop the site. We assisted them with all aspects of the resolution of the concept, the Architecture and Interior Design and the management of the development and construction process. The property achieved the highest prices at the time for strata hotel apartments. Through our contacts we introduced a hotel manager to the developer and from this the Pacific International Hotel Group was born. This was ultimately bought by the group which has become Mantra Hotels.

  • Mantra Hotel and Serviced Apartments, Parramatta With the success of the 433 Kent St, our next major project was to develop a similar but larger project in Parramatta. Consisting of 2 towers, one a hotel the other serviced apartments, it was one of the first suburban projects where tourism strata apartments were sold for investment. This project was developed in time for the Sydney Olympics where it housed the US Dream Team (men’s basketball).

  • Entrance Plaza Hotel Also developed in time for the Sydney Olympics this project on the NSW Central Coast also capitalized on the investment market that our Ettalong project had exposed. For this project we assisted our Client to win a competition to develop the site and then provided Architectural services to undertake the project. It is now operated by the Oaks chain.

  • A number of Accor time share properties One of our next major tasks was as Architect for Accor’s time share division. We provided Architecture and Interior Design Services for a number of properties around Australia including their Bowral and Palm Cove properties and others around Asia and the Pacific.

  • 8 Hotel’s The Pensione, Sydney One of the first properties of this group was The Pensione in Sydney. Needing “something different” to enable the project work financially, PTI assisted to conceive the idea for the property based on the successful European “Pensione” model. We then assisted to develop the concept of what was a new idea in the local market, the melding of a boutique hotel with a backpacker facility. The property has been very successful and has led to a range of other such properties around the country.

  • Unilodge@UNSW and other student accommodation properties PTI has also been the Architect for other types of managed accommodation buildings. These include student accommodation facilities including this major facility in Kensington, which continues to be a leader in the market, as well as a number of smaller properties new NSW Institute of Technology.

  • Properties for Base backpackers PTI has been working for Base now for some 10 years. For many years it has been the leader and at the fore-front in this market. With its combination of backpacker accommodation, hotel accommodation and extensive F&B facilities it is a most interesting and innovative company.

  • Peppers Hervey Bay In about 2005 PTI was engaged to assist our Client to create a major strata resort facility in Hervey Bay, Qld. PTI introduced a development partner to our Client and together they developed the property. Like the Entrance Plaza project it was an opportunity to create a major hotel facility in a town that was yet to have such a property. There are many issues to address in such a case and PTI assisted our Client with many including introducing Peppers to the developers.

  • 2 new brand properties for Touraust At around this time, PTI also worked extensively for Touraust corporation, one of Australia’s largest hotel companies at the time. We designed their new Concept Country Comfort 3 star brand and their Chifley Hotel 4 star brand properties. This led to the development of a number of hotels including the flagship Chifley Doveton which was developed by Lend Lease. Prior to the GFC this chain was being expanded considerably with PTI designing many projects. This stopped with the GFC. This property has since been bought by AHL and branded as an Atura Hotel.

  • Papua New Guinea Projects Over much of the immediate post GFC era when there were a very limited number of new projects being undertaken in Australia. Over this time, PTI was involved in a number of projects in Papua New Guinea. These included the design of a new town and major mining accommodation facility, that was intended to later be a resort complex, on the island of Lihir, as well as a major new hotel for Port Moresby and several other significant projects. Over this time we became involved with modular prefabricated construction which provides many advantages when building in the Pacific islands.

  • Atura Hotels Over the last few years we have been the Architect for AHL’s (the owners of the Rydges and QT brands) new Atura brand of hotels. For this we have worked with Nic Graham & Assoc who are the Architects for the interiors. Being developed for the modern business traveler who wants an experience that is high on character, service and value, the first property has recently been completed in Blacktown, and has proved to be a significant success. We are now working on other properties to extend the brand around Australia. The property was just named at the 25th annual NSW Tourism Awards as winner of the ‘Standard Accommodation Award for Excellence’, as well as ‘Best Mid-Range Accommodation Australia’ at the national 2014 Australian Hotel Association Awards for Excellence, and best ‘Mid-Range Hotel Accommodation of the Year’ at the 2014 Tourism Accommodation Awards (NSW) Awards. (http://prwire.com.au/pr/48603/atura-blacktown-tops-tourism-awards-proving-nsw-s-best-is-in-sydney-s-west

  • Always looking for new ways to deliver more cost effective hotel and accommodation properties for our Clients, over the last few years PTI has been further investigating the advantages of prefabricated, modular construction. From other projects in the market internationally such as the Citizen M brand we can see that it offers substantial advantages in terms of time to construct, cost and quality. As a result we are currently the Architect for the new Peppers Perth Hotel. At 17 storeys it will be one of the first and tallest modular hotels in Australia. We are also now involved in hotel and resort projects in Orange and Kangaroo Valley which have a strong environmental theme. These are the culmination of our years of experience and research into designing properties that enable guests to come away truly relaxed, re-energised and re-juvenated. If you are interested we have a detailed paper being prepared on this subject.

  • Over the last 25 years we have also designed a significant number of successful residential projects and other buildings. These include : The original design for the adaptive re-use of Caltex House in Kent St that was later bought and developed by the Stamford Group The Bicentennial Pavilions for Qantas The major refurbishment of the Schedule 1 Heritage 414-8 Kent St, Sydney The residential and commercial development at 63 Archer St in Chatswood A number of luxury houses And currently a 43 storey luxury residential tower at 11 Hassall St in Parramatta, which we won in a competition which has now been DA approved is about to start on site, as well a luxury residential project at 216 Elizabeth St in Sydney CBD and other significant projects also in Parramatta and Rosebery. As well as a range of projects featuring smaller apartments for the rental market. At all times the hallmark of our practice is that we combine innovative thinking with creativity and good business sense together with a sound understanding of the tourism, development and building industries. All of this enables us to consistently create successful projects for our Clients.

clients

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  • Abacus Property Group
  • Accor Hotels
  • Alexandrou Family
  • Amalgamated Holdings Limited (Rydges Hotels)
  • Anitua Group, PNG
  • Austcorp
  • Base backpackers
  • Bovis TPC
  • Brenex Corporatio
  • Carlton & United Breweries
  • Citiwest Development Corporation
  • CMF Property Group
  • Constellation Hotel Group
  • Cowper Constructions
  • DBC Constructions
  • Elgas
  • Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club
  • Federal Airports Corporation
  • Great Pacific (Shanghai)
  • Great Pacific Financial Group
  • Hemmes Group
  • Hong Australia
  • Ivany Investments
  • Karuah Aboriginal Land Council
  • Leisure & Allied Industries
  • Lend Lease
  • Lihir Gold Limited
  • Link2 Student Accmmodation
  • Maccabi Tennis Club
  • Mode Modular Projects
  • Mr Andrew Hammer
  • Mr Dino Seraglio
  • Mr Sinton Spence
  • Multiplex Constructions
  • Multiplex Developments
  • Pacific International Hotels
  • Paribas Bank
  • Qantas
  • Sleeping with the Enemy
  • Southern Cross Constructions
  • The Nut Shop
  • Trinvass
  • Tucker Box Hotel Trust
  • Turner Freeman Solicitors
  • UniLodge Australia
  • Varga Bros
  • W E Johns & Sons
  • White City Tennis Club

team

  • Peter Israel

    Principal & Nominated Registered Architect, BSc(Arch) BArch(Hons1) ARAIA

    Ranjith Abayasekara

    Senior Architect, MSc (Arch)

    Lewis Lau

    Associate, Senior Architect BA (Hons) Interior Design, Design Dipl..

    Jun Wang

    Architect & 3D Illustrator M CompSc (Arch) B.Arch Registered Architect

    Glen Fernandes

    Architect, B.Arch (Hons1) Arch, BA.Arch, Adv Dipl Arch Tech

    Viet Dang

    Architect, B.Arch (Hons2), BA.Arch

    Mikheila Garrochinho

    Architect, MSc Architecture (Portugal)

    Ben Hyde

    Architect, B.Arch

    Alexander Bitterman

    Architect, MA Architecture & Engineering (Italy)

  • Peter Israel Principal & Nominated Registered Architect, BSc(Arch) BArch(Hons1) ARAIA

    Peter is the Founder, Principal Architect and Managing Director of Project Tourism International Architecture.

    His interest and passion for hotels started from an early age. This led to his architectural studies and his graduate thesis which identified and studied “pleasure”, being the key component of a successful tourism property.

    On graduating with First Class Honours, he worked for a number of leading architectural practices including Cox Richardson, Rice & Daubney and Jacob Blacker in London.

    In 1991 Peter established PTI as a specialised Architectural practice for tourism and residential properties. Over this last 25 years he has designed and overseen the creation many successful projects for a wide range of owners, operators, developers, financiers and builders.

    PTI’s work now spans all aspects of the accommodation markets, from luxury resorts, to corporate hotels, to properties for the budget traveler, and from wilderness and island locations to city and suburban environments. It also now extends to all other forms of management accommodation such as student accommodation, retirement living and mining accommodation.

    Peter remains involved in all aspects of our projects to ensure our Clients requirements and objectives are all best achieved.

  • Ranjith Abayasekara Senior Architect, MSc (Arch)

  • Lewis Lau Associate, Senior Architect BA (Hons) Interior Design, Design Dipl..

  • Jun Wang Architect & 3D Illustrator M CompSc (Arch) B.Arch Registered Architect

  • Glen Fernandes Architect, B.Arch (Hons1) Arch, BA.Arch, Adv Dipl Arch Tech

  • Viet Dang Architect, B.Arch (Hons2), BA.Arch

  • Mikheila Garrochinho Architect, MSc Architecture (Portugal)

  • Ben Hyde Architect, B.Arch

  • Alexander Bitterman Architect, MA Architecture & Engineering (Italy)

contact us

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+61 2 9283 0860

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+61 2 9261 0032

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263 Clarence Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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