Helipad for Darling Harbour?

The surprise announcement came as he launched the biggest hotel development in the Schwartz Family Company’s history, a 600-room, five-star hotel to be operated under the Sofitel brand. "Every major city in the world has a helipad," said Dr Schwartz, who cites the towering skyline of Hong Kong harbour as his biggest inspiration.

An artists impression of Dr Swartz’s Darling Harbour Hotel. "I want to make this a great hotel, in a great part of Sydney. "To do that I need assistance from the government to help me build an express link between the airport and Sydney.

The development of both the convention centre and the hotel has been secured by Lend Lease, which has dominated developments around the Darling Harbour Foreshore, including Barangaroo. "It’s not like we have a monopoly over the whole precinct, as much as we would like to," said CEO Steve McCann.

Pool with a view: an artists impression of Dr Swartz’s Darling Harbour Hotel. "I don’t mind the idea of a heliport," he said. "It’s not part of the approval process, but I’m happy to have a look at it.

The hotel has been granted a 99-year lease as part of the public-private partnership designed to reinvigorate Darling Harbour. 5 Hotel mogul Jerry Schwartz wants a helipad for …

An artists impression of part of the Darling Harbour precinct. "It’s the first I’ve heard of it, said architect Richard Francis-Jones. "It hasn’t been designed for a heliport, it’s got a chiselled roof on it.

Cosmetic surgeon turned hotel mogul, Jerry Schwartz, has called on the government to allow him to build a helipad on top of his multi-million dollar hotel development in a revamped Darling Harbour.

Mr Schwartz’s "lighthouse" inspired hotel will tower above another international drawcard, the convention and exhibition centre on the south-western side of Darling Harbour.

For Dr Schwartz, the decision to take on the development was an easy one. "Frankly it was a no-brainer, it’s a spectacular hotel in a spectacular part of Sydney," he said.

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