On-site construction of the long-awaited multi-million-dollar luxury hotel to be erected in the heart of Karratha has been delayed because of coronavirus restrictions. Works for the $20 million Hilton Garden Inn, at The Quarter in the Karratha CBD, began in December, with developers originally hoping to finish the project by the end of the year. The 100-room project, a joint initiative between the City of Karratha and property developer Pacifica, was granted planning approval by the Kimberley Pilbara Gascoyne Joint Development Assessment Panel last September. Pacifica director John Zendler said it was in final negotiations with a builder to start on-site works. Mr Zendler said the pandemic had delayed construction because builders were struggling to guarantee their supply chain. “There’s a lot of risks associated with COVID-19 in terms of the three things you capture a building contract on,” he said. “Time, cost and quality. It’s very hard to capture and have a sense of time with the uncertainty of COVID-19.” “We went to a tender process, shortlisted down to one builder through that process, but it will certainly delay us,” he said. “We’re not expecting significant delays, and we haven’t put anything on hold, but it’s just that one extra layer of complexity as we work through the final negotiation with the builder.” Mr Zendler said he was unsure of when works would begin on site. “If COVID-19 wasn’t around, it would be the end of this month, early next month,” he said. “The building is completely designed, funded, builder-chosen — and we’re working through those things with the builder at the moment. “It’s pretty hard to build a hotel when everyone is working from home.” Construction was initially proposed for the start of last year but Pacifica Developments did not start designs until January 2019.