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Gates Open for $200m Slim-Fit Gold Coast Tower



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The Gold Coast City Council has granted a planning permit for a $200 million, six-star residential development on Wharf Road, developed by Golden Gate Property Group and designed by Rothelowman.

The proposed tower, which neighbours the $1 billion, three-tower, “Jewel” development, was unveiled earlier this year, and marketed as one of the most slender towers in the world, standing at 165-metres high and only 12-metres wide.

The slender width of the building was made possible by the use of parametric design, which allowed the 12-metre-wide tower to meet structural engineering requirements. Golden Gate Property Group director David Whiteman said the tower was exactly tailored to its environment, so much so that it couldn’t exist in any other place.

“This is an example of collaborative and creative innovation and the fusion of architecture and wind engineering to create a design that is uniquely crafted to its context,” he said.

Comprising 35 full-floor sky residences, spanning 346 to 414 square metres, the tower is crowned by a two-storey sub-penthouse and a three-storey penthouse with panoramic views.

The podium levels accommodate a residents-only wellness facility and spa along with a 450 square metre stand-alone beach house directly adjoining the sand.

Rothelowman associate principal Jonothan Cowle the project is a reimagining of the pencil-thin residential tower and has been crafted in response to the demands of wind conditions.

“If we had undertaken a conventional approach to designing this tower, we would never have achieved the height, passive environmental performance or material optimisation presented in the design,” Cowle said.

“From a parametric design perspective, our process involved capitalising on an articulation zone within the planning scheme that enabled us to move what would have been a traditional inboard structure to the building’s exterior.

“We were able to provide highly articulated ‘beach-houses in the sky’ with stunning views and wonderful cross ventilation while ensuring the developer received a viable design.”


The development faced serious backlash from the Gold Coast community, with Surfers Paradise residents lobbying council to trash the project prior to the decision. Locals were unhappy with the tower’s height, saying it would cast shadows and greatly increase the area’s density.

Despite the protests, the building will ultimately move on to the next stage of development with council approval as wind in their sails.

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Ridong Unveils Plans for ‘World Class’ Gold Coast Tourism and Wellness Retreat



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Chinese developer Ridong, the original developer of the Gold Coast’s $1 billion Jewel project, has lodged plans for a “wellness and tourism retreat” in Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast.

The $60 million proposal seeks approval for a six-star, 98-room key resort, 113 residential dwellings, a 16-hectare man-made lake and a contemporary European art and sculpture gallery modelled off Tasmania’s Museum of Old and Modern Art (MONA).

In plans submitted to the Gold Coast City Council in late September, Ridong has also proposed a 3-storey health and wellness centre with a day spa, a waterfront chapel for wedding services, two conference centres and three restaurants.

Chairman of the Ridong Group, Riyu Li, began acquiring parcels of land in Tallebudgera Valley in 2014.

The “wellness and tourism retreat” will cover sites owned by Li on Tallebudgera Connection Road and Tallebudgera Creek Road.

The Ridong Group sold its 45 per cent share in the Jewel towers in February.

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Artist impressions of a chapel (top left), health and wellness centre (right) and art museum (bottom) in the Gold Coast hinterland.

In applying for the rezoning the rural 47.5-hectare rural site, Ridong has positioned the development as a “significant investment in the development of an integrated tourism resort” catering to a growing inbound tourism market interested in health and wellbeing.

Building heights will be largely low- to medium-rise, with the hotel component of the development reaching 5-storeys. The proposed development will cover less than 9 per cent of the nearly 50-hectare site.

The 4-storey, 14,885sq m contemporary art gallery will be privately operated and comprise a curated cultural exhibition space, a 100-seat theatre and automotive museum.

Ridong said that the gallery will act as a “world class” tourism attraction for the area as the Gold Coast “doesn’t currently have an art gallery of such proposed scale”.

Ridong has appointed architecture firm DBI for preliminary design duties.

The major development is currently in preliminary assessment with the Gold Coast City Council and is not expected to progress before 2019.

The Urban Developer reached out to Ridong but did not hear back by the time of publication.


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Gold Coast’s Newest Residential Community Secures $91 Million in Sales



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One of Gold Coast City’s ‘s newest communities, Vue Terrace Homes, is starting to take shape.

With more than 200 workers on site each day, Robina Group’s $170 million city-shaping project is creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Hutchinson Builders commenced construction of the major Robina Group development in March on a central site overlooking Gold Coast City Council’s 17-hectare Robina City Parklands.

The parklands are due for a $15 million upgrade by Council to transform them into Gold Coast’s “Central Park”, the tender process for the project has just commenced with works due to start this year.

Buyers have already invested more than $91 million in Vue Terrace Homes, including almost $16 million in sales in the penultimate release – stage three.

Hutchinson Builders Gold Coast manager Paul Hart said the project, situated on East Lane in the heart of Robina, was a hive of activity.

All homes in the six-hectare, gated Vue Terrace Homes residential community feature three bedrooms plus a second multi-use living perfect for a media room or study.

“At the peak of construction, we will have more than 300 staff on site daily, with a total of more than 3000 people employed as a direct result of this development, which is keeping Gold Coast workers close to home and boosting the local economy,” he said.

“Roofs have started to go on to many homes and many more are framed up and we have also started interior works, including plastering and joinery.”

All homes in the six-hectare, gated Vue Terrace Homes residential community feature three bedrooms plus a second multi-use living perfect for a media room or study.

Residents of the Vue community will have direct access into Robina City Parklands where they will be able to enjoy multiple fishing platforms, a village green with event stage, walking trails, playgrounds and a café once the multi-million transformation is complete.

Robina Group sales manager Azura Griffen said Vue Terrace Homes was brought to market to fulfil strong demand for terrace homes in Robina.

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The first Vue Terrace Homes will be completed early next year, with stage two expected to be delivered shortly after.

“Vue features high-quality homes to meet demand in this fast-growing region, with Robina’s population workforce predicted to double by 2050,” she said.

“This new community offers the chance to secure a low-maintenance, urban property at the geographic heart of the city, with the best education options right on your doorstep and an ideal lifestyle just ten minutes to the beach.

“Projects such as Robina City Parklands are further adding to the precinct’s appeal, and we have already recorded increased enquiry since the announcement in June that Council plans to commence upgrade work on the parklands later this year.”

The first Vue Terrace Homes will be completed early next year, with stage two expected to be delivered shortly after.

The Vue Terrace Homes sales and display centre is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm on the corner of East Lane and Stadium Drive, Robina.

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Gold Coast Airport Hotel Gets the Green Light



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The Gold Coast Airport has been given the go ahead by federal government for a new $50 million hotel to commence work.

The hotel’s major development plan was given approval by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Michael McCormack, allowing development of the Rydges brand hotel to move forward with construction.

Developer Trepang, associated with John Robinson and Nick Paspaley, will deliver the seven-storey hotel that will feature 192 rooms and suites, a rooftop bar and viewing deck.

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The hotel development, which will have views over Kirra beach and the airport runway, will create 90 construction jobs and more than 60 jobs post-construction.

Airport owner Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) chief executive Chris Mills said work is expected to commence on the project before the end of this year.

“This is a great project for the airport, and for the Gold Coast and northern NSW,” he said.

Earlier this year Mills said half a billion dollars would be invested into the Gold Coast airport precinct under the airport’s Project LIFT expansion plan to be rolled across the next few years to manage mounting demand.

“An airport hotel is something that has been missing at Gold Coast Airport and now that we have the approval, we can move ahead with another important part of our development plan designed to further activate the precinct and accommodate growth,” Mills said.

It’s expected the airport will usher $818 million a year to the region and generate 20,000 full time jobs by 2020.

Gold Coast Airport welcomed 6.6 million passengers heading to and from south east Queensland and Northern NSW last financial year, while passenger numbers are expected to reach 16.6 million annually by 2037.

Construction is expected to start this year with the hotel operational in 2019.


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