It was dubbed as the tallest building in any Pacific island nation. At 28 storeys, the WG Friendship Plaza will have residential areas for strata title sales, a hotel that will be managed by Wyndham Hotels, office spaces and shops.
Work on the building started in 2016 and was due to be completed in 2021 however as a result of the pandemic there was a significant shortage in materials and in specialised labour to complete the work.
As of now construction is continuing and the building is finally taking shape. Developers have forecast that it will be completed in 2023.
Wyndham Hotels have signed a deal with WG International Real Estate Co. Limited, the developer of WG Friendship Plaza to manage the hotel which will be from levels 19 to 25.
These rooms would be privy to some of the most fantastic views of Suva.
It is understood that Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Head of Development- South East Asia & Pacific Rim, Matt Holmes and WG International Real Estate director Ron Ding penned the private deal in late 2019.
WG International Real Estate representative Julian Yuen said while the hotel will go up to level 25, level 26 and 27 would be where its state of the art conference facilities will be.
“Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, will not only manage the property, but it has also acquired expert interior designers to create an airy, approachable experience for guests,” Mr Yuen said.
According to the developers, the interiors will have a balance of nature and structure with expanded natural light, a focus on texture, naturally inspired materials and wood-look accents.
In the hotel circulation area it transitions as the journey to the guest room is composed with soft curves which is an elegant lift carriage that features a commissioned artwork of Fijian motif patterns.
There is also a subtle Fijian influence which is suggested by the planned wall scones and the carpet pattern.
The hotel guest rooms will be finished with fine materials such as woven leather and knot tying, and the artwork with selected veneers and brushed metal will express a refined residential appeal.
Developers have said once completed, more than 200 locals will be employed at the WG Friendship Plaza.