A 120-room hotel is being built atop Eastland in Melbourne’s outer-east. It’s the next phase of the $665 million redevelopment of the shopping centre, which has been designed to integrate with the upgraded Ringwood railway station and new Realm community hub – home to a library and art space.

Steve Edgerton, general manager of Eastland, says he expects visitors to the hotel to be a mix of Melburnians, people from interstate and overseas guests.

“Independent research found that visitors to the Yarra Valley wanted to combine a retail experience with their exploration of the wine region. There was a clear opportunity to develop a hotel that could act as a gateway to the region,” says Edgerton.

The three-and-a-half-to-four-star accommodation will be run as a Sage Hotel by international hospitality company SilverNeedle. It operates around 50 other hotels and resorts across Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia.

Preliminary construction works for the hotel begin on July 27. Edgerton says plans have been established to ensure there will be minimal disruption to customers, visitors and staff during construction works. The hotel is slated to open in late 2017.