This major A$200M re-construction project reinstates the Hilton’s prominence within the civic heart of the city. By demolishing the old introverted 5 story podium building the tower has been left ‘floating’ 20 meters above ground level creating a sequence of dramatic, sunfilled civic scale public spaces that re-establish the original romantic Florentine shopping street – The Royal Arcade. The podium planning is a clear functional diagram locating the Restaurant and Bars overlooking George Street and the extensive Hilton conferencing functions overlooking Pitt Street. The tall sun filled lobby is centralized in the heart of the site and incorporates the porterochere, circulation stairs, escalators and bridges which focus on the theatre of people moving through the space. The project consists of both hotel and commercial office facilities which have been given strong and distinct street presence on George Street and Pitt Street respectively. Utilising the rich development mix and natural synergy between uses to create an active, vibrant, public ground floor level as an extension of George and Pitt Street The iconic and elegantly proportioned tower has been sympathetically reclad with a new glazed mid tower office extension provided on Pitt Street. The grand sun filled public spaces and links to the Town Hall and QVB contribute to civic life in the core of the city.