Project Specifications

Toga Developments & NRMA JV

$12 million

Barton, ACT

November 2014

Refurbishment and fit out of Canberra’s iconic Hotel Kurrajong.


Located on the National Circuit in Barton, a short walk from new Parliament House, the Hotel Kurrajong is an iconic, Heritage, boutique hotel with origins going back to the birth of Canberra as the nation’s capital. As a result, its corridors are steeped in Canberra’s political history.

Designed in 1924 by the Commonwealth’s Chief Architect, John Smith Murdoch, who also designed Parliament House and the Hotel Canberra, the Hotel Kurrajong is a fine example of early Commonwealth architecture, influenced by the Prairie style of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and visionary planner of Canberra, Walter Burley Griffin.

The works were undertaken in two stages and comprised the complete refurbishment of the existing 120-bed hotel and the construction of an additional 29 rooms, incorporating new ensuites to all rooms, the upgrade of the back-of-house areas, the reconfiguration of floor plans, and commercial kitchen works.

The scope also included an extensive refurbishment to the major services – removing the original boiler heating system and replacing with new mechanical services.

All works were undertaken while the hotel remained operational.

Project Contact

Steve Taylor
Managing Director

Steve is a founding shareholder of Total Construction. Equipped with a carpentry trade background and extensive experience with design and construct projects across all sectors of the building industry, Steve has been a driving force behind the company’s growth and success. With the appointment of a Chairman and CEO, Steve now focuses on the continual development of a successful and sustainable strategy for the business. He also plays a key role in providing leadership for the overall development of the company through strategic marketing, client relationships and procurement. Steve is based in Sydney where he has the overall management in NSW.