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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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Four Towers Added to $2bn Broadbeach Masterplan



Four Towers Added to $2bn Broadbeach Masterplan

Four Towers Added to $2bn Broadbeach Masterplan

The Queensland government has approved four more towers for the Destination Gold Coast Consortium’s Broadbeach masterplan.

The Destination Gold Coast Consortium — a joint venture between Star Entertainment Group and Hong Kong-based partners Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises will now undertake a 10-year construction phase to complete the master plan.

The newly added towers will create 3,000 new hotel rooms and will range in height between 52-74 storeys.

On completion, Star Gold Coast will be home to more than 50 bars and restaurants and employ 6,000 people in total.

“The masterplan in its entirety would see The Star Gold Coast boast more tourism accommodation than any other resort in Australia,” Star Entertainment Group chief executive Matt Bekier said.

“The 3,000 hotel rooms and apartments would also exceed what the world-renowned Marina Bay Sands in Singapore offers, and be on a scale to compare with the largest integrated resorts in Las Vegas.”


The first phase of the overall masterplan’s five new towers was approved in December 2016 and is currently under construction.

Construction recently began on the site’s third hotel tower, a $400 million project containing 316 guest rooms.

The 53-storey tower will be home Australia’s first Dorsett hotel as well as Star Residences, set to open in 2022.

“In addition to The Star Grand, The Darling and The Dorsett hotel tower, our expanded masterplan provides the opportunity for another four towers and world-class facilities,” Bekier said.

An estimated 1,800 jobs will be created to build each of the four remaining towers, totalling 7,200 construction jobs.

A further 3,000 people will be employed operationally across the four new towers.

“This state government stamp of approval gives The Star and its partners the opportunity to lift The Star’s profile with international tourists to even greater heights,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

All seven towers are estimated to be complete by 2028, with the Consortium outlining plans to build one new tower at its Broadbeach island site every two years.

Star is also undertaking the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane transformation combining their tourism assets within Queensland to $9 billion.


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Developer Launches 25-Storey Mermaid Beach Tower



Developer Launches 25-Storey Mermaid Beach Tower

Developer Launches 25-Storey Mermaid Beach Tower

Developer Launches 25-Storey Mermaid Beach Tower. Western Australian developer Pindan has launched its first Gold Coast project to market at Mermaid Beach.

Developer Pindan has been an active player on Australia’s east coast over the past five years, with its funds management arm, Pindan Capital, overseeing $1.7 billion of development projects.

Its latest venture, a $110 million residential tower known as Mahala, will boast 94 spacious two and three bedroom apartments with two car bays, across 25-storeys.

The Cottee Parker designed residential tower, located on Peerless Avenue, will overlook Hedges Avenue, known colloquially as “millionaires row”.

The new tower will feature resort-style amenities including a terrace pool, residents lounge, private dining room along with a secure grocery and parcel delivery facility.

A rooftop solar farm system will allow residents to benefit from cheaper energy costs and lower strata fees.


Developer Launches 25-Storey Mermaid Beach Tower

Developer Launches 25-Storey Mermaid Beach Tower

“Mahala offers features you would expect in a private beachside home, a beautiful entry, and even a secure drop-off facility for residents who like to have their groceries, wine or other shopping items delivered,” Pindan director Nick Allingame said.

The tower sit just south of Sunland’s $200m, 45-storey tower which is currently on the market.

Colliers International residential director Andrew Roubicek said there had been well over 500 enquiries from prospective purchasers living locally as well as from Brisbane and interstate.

“Locals who are looking to make Mahala their home are saying the fact the vast majority of apartments are being sold with two carparks is a big drawcard, along with the prime location close to Hedges Avenue,” Roubicek said.

Pindan received planning approval in late July, with early construction work now commencing on site.


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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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