Quest Apartment Hotels has begun construction of its first Gold Coast property, Quest Robina, with long-term development partner, Pellicano.
The eight-storey project is a mixed-used development that will feature 80 serviced apartments, 37 square meters of ground-floor retail, a two-level basement carpark, and 24 residential apartments.
Quest Apartment Hotels General Manager – Growth, James Shields said the operator was excited to begin construction of its first Gold Coast property.
“Our long-term partnership with Pellicano has facilitated our move into Robina, Gold Coast. We see Robina as a key commercial centre for the Gold Coast economy – evidenced by low office vacancy, iconic commercial towers and a range of drivers across the health, sporting and retail sectors to support future growth.
“Business trips to the Gold Coast have experienced an average growth of above 6.5 per cent over the last six years which represents 10 per cent of the overnight domestic travel market. This provides a wonderful opportunity for Quest Robina to provide quality accommodation to meet this demand,” Mr Shields said.
(L-R) Gold Coast Councillor Hermann Vorster, Quest Apartment Hotels General Manager – Growth James Shields and Pellicano Development Operations Manager for Queensland Michael Kent.
The Robina project marks one of four by Quest and Pellicano set for completion in 2020, with additional projects located in the Victorian towns of Ballarat and Geelong and the Melbourne suburb of Preston. Once complete, the four projects will deliver 328 Quest serviced apartments, 2,500 square meters of retail space and a conference centre including theatrette.
Pellicano Managing Director, Nando Pellicano said the Robina project adheres to the company’s three fundamental elements of a successful development.
“50 years of development have taught us that the key drivers of an in-demand product remain constant despite market fluctuation; quality design, in-demand location and uncomplicated access to premium residential and lifestyle amenities,” Mr Pellicano said.
“This project’s convenient location and ease of access to lifestyle amenities paired with Quest’s solid reputation for delivering quality accommodation ensures our confidence in the success of this project.
“Quest’s accommodation offering represents a unique opportunity to add value to the residential element of this development by offering hotel-like services for the occupants of the building.”
Gold Coast City Councillor, Hermann Vorster said the project would be the perfect fit for the area and a centrepiece development for the emerging stadium precinct.
“The development will capitalise on Robina’s reputation as an emerging sporting, health and commercial centre and is ideally placed on great public transport.
“Best of all it will generate more local jobs and give Robina an opportunity to share the benefits of Council’s push for the Gold Coast to remain Australia’s tourism capital,” Cr Vorster said.
Quest has undergone rapid expansion in recent years and is now the largest and fastest-growing apartment hotel operator in Australasia. Eight new Quest properties are scheduled to open across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom over the next two years including Burwood East (VIC), Joondalup (WA), Orange, North Sydney (NSW), Quest Tauranga Central, Quest on Tuam, Quest Mount Eden (NZ) and Liverpool (UK).
Star Entertainment Group to fast-track development of fourth hotel tower at The Star Gold Coast
Australia’s Star Entertainment Group has revealed it will fast track development of a fourth tower of The Star Gold Coast as part of the property’s ongoing AU$850 million makeover.
Construction on the tower, set to stand 215 meters tall, will now start in 2020 with apartment pre-sales to begin as early as next month. It will also house a 5-star hotel, restaurants and bars, a day spa and night time entertainment venues.
“This latest hotel tower will further progress the internationally-competitive resort facilities we are offering to domestic and international tourists,” said Star Entertainment Group Managing Director and CEO Matt Bekier.
“If our masterplan is rolled out in full – and there is so much more we would like to deliver – The Star Gold Coast will be the equal of the finest integrated resorts in the world and complement our AU$3.6 billion project at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.
“Under the right conditions and circumstances, we will operate both properties in tandem as beacons for south-east Queensland, drawing interstate and international visitors to turbo-charge the tourism industry.”
The new tower will be The Star Gold Coast’s second mixed-use hotel and apartment tower after the AU$400 million Dorsett, which broke ground in 2018 and is due for completion by 2022.
Star Entertainment Group recently unveiled its proposed AU$2 billion masterplan for the Gold Coast, including four more hotel towers and associated facilities on Broadbeach island, although that plan might be shelved should the Queensland State Government follow through with its plan to issue a second Gold Coast casino license.
The government last month called for global Registrations of Interest in developing a new casino on the Gold Coast, with the likes of Genting Group, Caesars International and Hard Rock International among the operators said to be interested.
Developer Reduces Gold Coast Skyscraper by 17-Storeys
Changing market conditions has prompted a Gold Coast developer to slash 46 apartments from its permit-approved Main Beach skyscraper.
Builder-cum-developer Heron Building Group has resubmitted an application to Gold Coast council to drastically amend the proposal, reducing the building size from 55-storeys to 38 and cutting the amount of apartments on offer.
Heron won approval for the original 55-storey design in 2016.
In its application, Heron said that development had been amended “due to construction costs and to reflect current market demand”.
Construction costs in south east Queensland are expected to rise by 2.5 per cent in 2019, consultancy Turner & Townsend reported in its latest construction market survey.
Heron has tapped architecture firm Cottee Parker to design the new scheme, which reduces the front setback by 3 metres but increases the building length by 5 metres.
The developer proposes to retain the car lift system and increase the amount of car parking spaces from 223 to 241. The new scheme has removed the 160 bike spaces set aside in the approved proposal.
New forecasts predict a peak-to-trough decline of 30 per cent in residential construction across the country, with residential commencements expected to bottom out at 161,000 dwellings in 2019-20.
The downturn has prompted developers across the nation to opt out of residential schemes.
Winten Property Group more than halved its Main Beach project, replacing a 250-apartment, 47-storey scheme with a 21-storey proposal.
While Gold Coast developer Sunland cut 19-storeys from its Labrador apartment project late last year.
Heron Building Group did not return calls for comment on Wednesday.
Crane Spotting: Gold Coast Cranes Rise as Brisbane Sees Decline
Brisbane suffered the biggest decline in cranes standing across its city, while coastal neighbour the Gold Coast recorded a 33 per cent increase, according to the latest Rider Levett Bucknall Crane Index.
Brisbane is home to a remaining 59 cranes, down from 72 counted six months ago.
Based on the idea that cranes in the sky reflect major project construction, the RLB index tracks the number of tower cranes in key Australian cities to indicate the strength of the construction sector.
Brisbane’s decline reflects the fall in building work done for the calendar year 2018.
The residential sector declined by 7.2 per cent, with declines recorded for both new houses and apartments, and the nonresidential sector fell by 4.2 per cent.
The overall decline of eight cranes in inner Brisbane was driven by the mixed-use sector.
Cranes were removed from Howard Smith Wharves, 949 Ann Street, Queens Wharf and South City Square based in inner Brisbane which accounted for eight dismantled cranes.
The residential count of cranes sits at 42.
Residential projects nearing completion include the Skyneedle Apartments with all three cranes removed, Student One’s 97 Elizabeth Street which had two cranes removed.
New projects where cranes commenced were recorded in Brisbane, Bulimba, Greenslopes, Hamilton, Kangaroo Point, New Farm, Newstead, South Brisbane, Toowong, Westend, Windsor and Yeronga.
Crane spotting on the Goldie
The Gold Coast continues its upward trajectory on the crane index, recording a 33 per cent rise.
Eighteen cranes were added and ten were removed bringing the coast’s total to 32.
The residential sector makes up 94 per cent of all Gold Coast cranes, with the highest number located in the Palm beach area.
New residential cranes were added to developments, including Bluewater in Bilinga, Vue Apartments and Elysian in Broadbeach.
Work continues at the Jewel Residences, two cranes were removed from the project, leaving two on site.
Other projects with continuing cranes include Anchorage Apartments in Hope Island, Otto in Mermaid, the Jefferson in Palm Beach, South Lakes Stage 3 in Reedy Creek, 23 Norman Street and 6 Meron Street in Southport.
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