The luxury hotel that is set to be built in the centre of Karratha is finally expected to begin construction in a matter of weeks, putting an end to frustrating delays. Private Queensland-based company Pacifica Developments last week said works would begin on the $20 million dollar Hilton Garden Inn by November and would be completed about a year later. The large-scale infrastructure project, towards which the City of Karratha has committed $10m, was originally touted to begin construction in April, but was set back by the onset of COVID-19, with builders struggling to guarantee their supply chain. Its design phase also dragged on for months, with the company not finishing the final details until the end of 2019, almost one year after the initial target date. The four-star hotel will be built at The Quarter in the Karratha CBD and will comprise three levels and 100 rooms to attract a wider demographic to the Pilbara town. Pacifica Developments project manager John Zendler said rhw coronavirus had had a massive impact on the construction industry. “ Something like a Hilton hotel is made up of a thousand moving parts, some of which are very prescriptive of where they are and where they have to come from,” he said. Mr Zendler said Pacifica was in final talks with a builder for site construction. “I think everyone underestimates the impact it is going to have on the town — for us it is the final piece of the Quarter development there,” he said. “What we’re certain of is Karratha needs a proper hotel — it is a town that deserves a hotel of a Hilton standard.” A City of Karratha spokesperson said the City had no concerns about the delays to the project. “The City’s investment will recover the $10m investment plus interest at a rate significantly higher than current bank term deposit rates,” they said. The project was granted planning approval by the Kimberley Pilbara Gascoyne Joint Development Assessment Panel last September with 13 conditions, the most critical stating the agreement was only valid for a period of two years and would lapse if the development had not substantially begun in that time.