The Hydro Majestic Hotel Blue Mountains - 52-88 Great Western Hwy, Medlow Bath NSW

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Key Details
  • Project summary

    The hotel received heritage listing in 1984. After many decades of decline and neglect the Hydro Majestic underwent a series of refurbishments during the 1990s. Heritage 21 was commissioned by Architect Robert Costa as a heritage sub-consultant to provide heritage design advise and technical detailing for the refurbishment of The Hydro Majestic Hotel in 2013.


  • What was done

    Stage 1 development A comprehensive survey of all the buildings and structures on the site, with a view towards upgrading amenities and services throughout.

    Stage 1, includes the majority of the historic areas from the Casino to the southern end of the site and new construction, re-planting and beautification of the gardens including the avenue of Pines and the renovation of the Hotel façade, which has a 1.1 km frontage to the Megalong Valley escarpment. In the renovated Hotel, the historic Casino building became the Casino Lobby, a grand lobby entry and function room. A renovated area behind the Casino Lobby became a five-star restaurant. The other historic buildings, The Billiard Room, The Cat’s Alley, The Majestic Ballroom in Hargraves House, and the Delmonte conference rooms were also renovated in this stage.

  • Time frame

    Heritage 21 produced a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) within 4 months. The CMP established the constraints and opportunities for the proposed development.

Services provided
  • Conservation Management Plan
  • Survey of entire campus noting the physical condition of all built elements
  • Participation in the design development process.
  • Heritage technical advise.
Why was the work undertaken?

The reason for the proposed development was the poor state of disrepair in relation to most of the fabric due to the hotel being closed for business over a period of at least 6-7 years. H21 identified the necessary repairs and provided specifications and policies for the treatment of all the heritage fabric.

Who was the work completed for?

Robert Costa of Space Architecture on behalf of the owners, Huong Nguyen and George Saad The Escarpment Group


Walking through the front doors of the newly restored Hydro Majestic hotel in the Blue Mountains is like being transported in a time machine to the year 1904. Complete refurbishment of the Hotel was upgraded, accommodation and associated facilities including landscape elements.

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What our clients
& partners say:

“Really appreciate the help in responding the RFIs. I acknowledge all the work that was required and that you put into that report. Maddocks said you made their job easy! ”

Max Symonds
Development Manager - Metro Property Development

“It has also been a pleasure working with Paul and your team on this project. To be honest, I had not done heritage projects before and it was only through Paul and your team’s guidance that allowed me to complete this project at a high standard. I am now confident in doing heritage projects like this and I look forward to the next project that we can work on together. Again, thank Paul and Divya patience and professional advice throughout the process. ”

Eddie Lam

“I just wanted to share the good news that Canterbury-Bankstown Council has decided to withdraw the development control order issued to our client. The report you prepared was pivotal in this decision by the Council. Many thanks to you, Paul and the team for your work on this. ”

Anna Lindeman-Jones
Senior Associate - Addisons

“I'd like to thank Paul and Lauren for their dedication, persistence and well thought through support and substantiation of the design merits of our development proposal; it is no easy feat to have a new building approved in a heritage conservation area, and particularly adjacent to heritage items. ”

Tim McLachlan
Development Manager

“I consider that we have a well prepared case that has been cogently articulated by Paul and Michael. It is a fraught experience for us, however we do appreciate the input from top professionals such as Paul ”

Richard Mann
Registered Architect

“Hi team at Heritage 21 I just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work on Mosman and being so responsive etc. One of our team recommended you and I have been very happy with the service provided. ”

Di Jones
Principal - Linked Project Management

“We would also like to take a quick moment to thank you all for your contribution to the project and we will update you on any developments as necessary”

Jose Serrao
Registered Architect

“Dear Heritage 21 team, I am please to advise that all the work prepared by your team has satisfied council’s contentions. We definitely know who to come to next time for heritage matters. ”

Andres Caceres
Level 33

“Thank you for all your work preparing this Statement of Heritage. I sat down yesterday and had a good read cover to cover, and felt very appreciative of your level of research and detailed consideration of our requirements.”

Varuna', Katoomba

“Just wanted to let you know, Council agreed with us in our application to reinstate the front facade! I am so excited. I wanted to thank you for all your help in getting this across the line. ”

Jane Frawley

“It has been a pleasure to work with you and your team as well!”

Holding Redlich

“Dear Heritage 21 team - This is an excellent result, thank you for all your work.”

Sevda Cemil

“Sites with heritage values present great opportunities, however often can be easily derailed if clear, concise and timely advice is not provide at the earliest stages of site planning. I have worked with Heritage 21 over numerous projects across Sydney and have found them to be valuable project partners in the development process. ”

Vince Hardy
Urban Planning Consultant, Cityscapeplanning+projects

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