The development is located in a prime position on the eastern side of Carrington Street fronting Wynyard Garden in Sydney's CBD. Wynyard Tower is bound by Carrington Street to the West, Margaret Street to the North, and George Street to the East. The site includes the Heritage listed Shell House Building, and when this is integrated with the proposed 32 storey commercial office tower, will form a significant landmark to the city and a dynamic addition to the CBD precinct. On the 17th October, 1963 the Menzies Hotel was opened by Premier R.J. Heffron.
The hotel was named after Sir Archibald Menzies, Australia?s pioneer hotelier. The original Menzies Hotel contained 260 guest rooms and suites plus restaurants, lounges and cocktail bars. It was the first international hotel to be built in the city since the eve of World War II. Some sections of the hotel basements are over a hundred years old and contained former railway workshops. Built in 1930, Shell House became part of the hotel in 1979, adding a further 196 rooms and creating the hotel?s North Wing. Shell House is now a Heritage listed property.
The restoration and conversion of Shell House into retail units at ground level accessed from Carrington Street and Margaret Streets with commercial accommodation above will enliven and improve the quality of the approach to the building from the North. The scheme sits over an existing portal to Wynyard Station from George Street and the Hunter Street underground link. It is connected at Concourse level to the Met Centre, York Street, Clarence and Kent Streets. The redevelopment of these underground links and associated retail concessions, together with the creation of new station entrances at street level on George Street and Carrington Street will improve the quality of the urban environment for all those travelling through Wynyard Station to access the CBD.