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Caydon Files Plans for 18-Storey Tower in Miami

Melbourne developers Caydon Property Group are moving into the Gold Coast market with an 18-storey apartment tower at Miami.

The apartment developer will build 51 apartments on the 1012sq m site at 266 The Esplanade at Miami, opposite North Burleigh Beach.

A 12-unit complex would make way for the apartment tower if the development application is approved by the Gold Coast City Council.


▲ The 18-storey tower would take style cues from its coastal backdrop. 

The building’s facade will feature ‘fins’ that emulate the light reflecting off wave peaks.

“The inclusion of ‘fins’ as architectural features and shading devices provides shade to key facades, while privacy is provided to eastern-facing balconies through balustrade screening around the landscaped planter beds,” the town planning report states.

“The building facade has been developed to host light fins representing the light rays over the ocean and how the rays rise and shadow falls.”

The building will offer 35 two-bedroom units, 14 three-bedroom units and two penthouse units.

The slender 18-storey tower sits within the allowable height constraints for the site, and is consistent with other developments in the area, including a planned 19-storey tower on a neighbouring site, which is currently before the council.


▲ A private rooftop terrace caps off the penthouse, while communal space and a pool deck are on the ground floor. 

Zone Planning Group’s town planning report says the area was going through gentrification and urban renewal.

“The proposal provides a contemporary and sophisticated built form character for the Miami locality, making efficient use of the site while ensuring that amenity impacts on surrounding properties are mitigated through key orientation of balconies and habitable rooms within the proposed units,” the report stated.

“The building’s form responds to its beachfront environment, with articulation informed by the climatic orientation and architectural elements for privacy for its residential occupiers.

“The inclusion of ‘fins’ as architectural features and shading devices provides shade to key facades, while privacy is provided to eastern-facing balconies through balustrade screening around the landscaped planter beds across the south-eastern corner of the tower form.”

The development would also include four basement car parks, communal area and pool deck, and a private rooftop terrace for the penthouse.

The slender form of the tower includes significant glazing with fins woven across the facade to provide screening.


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Brisbane Development Projects


Brisbane is fast becoming a centre for premium grade commercial developments with a succession of new major development projects planned in and around the CBD.

From the $3.6-billion new waterfront casino to a new 1500-seat theatre in the city’s cultural centre—as well as a number of high-profile high-rise residential projects—the city is primed for major development and growth.

200 Turbot Street 

Mirvac plans to build a 29-storey, A-grade office tower across an amalgamated site fronting Turbot Street. The site holds frontages to Turbot Street, Wickham Terrace and Albert Street and, at 8900sq m, is one the largest in Brisbane’s CBD. The building will sit alongside the three-storey heritage-listed Dental Hospital Brisbane and College at 168 Turbot Street.


Address: 200 Turbot Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Mirvac
Architect: Blight Rayner
Building type: Commercial (66,000sq m)
Height: 29-storeys (95.7-metres)
Gross development value: $670-million
Status: Planning
Estimated completion: Unknown

Waterfront Place

Dexus is pushing ahead with plans for a $2.1-billion transformation of Eagle Street Pier and its Waterfront Place commercial precinct in Brisbane’s CBD. Plans include two new commercial towers, riverfront dining, public plazas, extended riverwalk and ferry terminal.


Address: 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Dexus
Architect: FJMT, Arkhefield
Building type: Commercial (75,000sq m and 60,000sq m)
Height: 49-storeys (161.7-metres), 43-storeys (141.9-metres)
Gross development value: $2.1 billion
Status: Approved
Estimated completion: 2026 (Stage One)

Queens Wharf

Brisbane’s $3.6-billion Queen’s Wharf development—which has taken more than a significant footprint of the CBD—is quickly taking shape. The project, the largest private sector development in Queensland, is spread over 12ha of land and 15.3ha of water. The development, earmarked for completion by late 2022, will offer four luxury hotels, 2000 residential apartments and a casino.


Address: Queens Wharf, George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Destination Brisbane Consortium (The Star Group, Far East Consortium, Chow Tai Fook)
Architect: Cottee Parker
Building type: Casino (390,000sq m), Hotel (1100 guest rooms), Residential (2000 apartments)
Height: 70-storeys (231.1-metres), 58-storeys (190-metres), 54-storeys (180-metres), 30-storeys (101-metres), 30-storeys (101-metres),
Gross development value: $3.6 billion
Status: Under construction
Estimated completion: 2022

80 Ann Street

Mirvac’s commercial project, spanning an entire block, will reach 35-storeys and offer 60,000sq m of net lettable area across some of Brisbane CBD’s largest floor plates at 2200 square metres. Suncorp will anchor the tower, taking 66 per cent of the total space. Mirvac has also closed a deal to build the tower with M&G Real Estate, which will own a half stake of the building.


Address: 80 Ann Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Mirvac
Architect: Woods Bagot
Building type: Commercial (60,000sq m)
Height: 35-storey (119-metres)
Gross development value: $836 million
Status: Under construction
Estimated completion: 2022

205 North Quay

Super fund developer Cbus Property, in conjunction with its local partners Nielson Properties and the Raniga family, is moving ahead with plans for a $600-million office tower in Brisbane’s fast-growing North Quarter precinct. The A-grade office tower, approved in February for a 3000sq m riverfront corner site, created from the amalgamation of properties at 205 North Quay and 30 Herschel Street.


Address: 205 North Quay, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Cbus Property
Architect: Hassell, REX, Richards and Spence
Building type: Commercial (50,000sq m)
Height: 37-storeys (122.1-metres)
Gross development value: $600 million
Status: Approved
Estimated completion: Unknown

19 Eagle Terrace

Morris Property Group has unveiled plans for a $250-million office tower in Brisbane’s North Quarter precinct. It is the latest office project for the developer, which has also commenced construction on the 26-storey Australian Taxation Office headquarters at 152 Wharf Street.


Address: 19 Eagle Terrace, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Morris Property Group
Architect: Unknown
Building type: Commercial (19,200sq m)
Height: 24-storey (79.2-metres)
Gross development value: $250 million
Status: Planning
Estimated completion: Unknown

No.1 Brisbane

Fund manager Charter Fund manager Charter Hall is pushing ahead with a major Brisbane development, with approved plans for a 35-storey office tower at the top of Queen Street. Earlier this year, the developer listed the three separate CBD titles but rather than realising their investment after securing development approval for the site the backers will now stay in the project as it readies to launch in 2023.


Address: 60 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Charter Hall
Architect: Blight Rayner
Building type: Commercial (24,500sq m), Retail (2150sq m)
Height: 35-storeys (115-metres)
Gross development value: Unknown
Status: Approved
Estimated completion: Unknown

251 Wickham Street 

Brisbane-based developer Cornerstone has plans before the council for a major commercial project in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The development is slated for a 1357sq m site between 251 to 253 Wickham Street, together with part of 47 Warner Street, currently occupied by a derelict and dilapidated building.


Address: 251 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Developer: Cornerstone Group, Pidson Investments
Architect: Bureau Proberts
Building type: Commercial (14,550sq m), Retail (90sq m)
Height: 28-storeys (123.4-metres)
Gross development value: Unknown
Status: Planning
Estimated completion: Unknown

895 Ann Street


Address: 895 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Developer: DWS, Consolidated Properties Group
Architect: John Wardle Architects
Building type: Commercial (24,000sq m)
Height: 15-storeys (49.5-metres)
Gross development value: $260 million
Status: Under construction
Estimated completion: 2023

360 Queen Street

Charter Hall and Investa Commercial Property Fund’s Queen Street tower is quickly taking shape. The joint venture acquired the 2150sq m site in June, 2017 for $53.75 million. The project will deliver 45,000sq m of A-grade office space, a publicly accessible retail component within its podium, childcare centre, supermarket, and indoor sport and recreation centre.


▲ The development will feature vibrant sky parks at different levels, a public podium, retail marketplace, supermarket, indoor sport and recreation, child care facilities and more.

Address: 360 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Charter Hall, Investa
Architect: Blight Rayner
Building type: Commercial (45,000sq m)
Height: 28-storeys (92-metres)
Gross development value: $650 million
Status: Under construction
Estimated completion: 2023

Albion Exchange 

Geon Property will soon break ground on the first stage of its $750-million residential project in Brisbane’s inner north, after winning approval for the two-tower mixed-use development earlier this year. The transit-oriented development, which will be delivered over 15 years, will revitalise a 4900sq m state government-owned development site adjacent to the existing Albion train station.


▲ The first stage of the Albion Exchange development was given the green light from Brisbane City Council in early 2020.

Address: Albion Train Station, Albion, QLD 4010
Developer: Geon Property
Architect: Hames Sharley
Building type: Residential (253 apartments), Transport, Retail,
Height: 20-storey (66-metres), 19-storey (62.7-metres)
Gross development value: $750-million
Status: Approved
Estimated completion: 2035 (10-stages)

443 Queen Street 

Cbus Property’s $375-million residential tower, consisting of 264 apartments, will include a private dining room, catering kitchen, outdoor lounge cabanas, a gymnasium and 25m pool perched on the river’s edge. The building was recently awarded a 6 Star Green Star design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, the first residential building in Australia to be recognised with this rating.


▲ Amenities for residents include a private dining room, catering kitchen, outdoor lounge cabanas, a gymnasium and 25-metre pool perched on the river’s edge.

Address: 443 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Cbus Property
Architect: WOHA Architects, Architectus
Building type: Residential (264 apartments)
Height: 47-storey (155-metres)
Gross development value: $375-million
Status: Under construction
Estimated completion: 2021


The state government-funded New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV), a new $150-million theatre, is currently being built as part of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). The 1500-seat theatre will make the QPAC precinct the largest performing arts centre in Australia and is expected to deliver capacity for an extra 260 performances annually.


▲ More than $73 million in contracts have been awarded to local industries, utilising local consultancies, sub-contractors and Queensland products to build the new theatre.

Address: Corner of Grey and Russell Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Developer: Queensland Government
Architect: Snøhetta, Blight Rayner
Building type: Theatre (1500-seats)
Height: 6-storeys (19.8-metres)
Gross development value: $150 million
Status: Under construction
Estimated completion: 2022

44 Roma Street 

Plans for a 26-storey slimline hotel in the Brisbane CBD just outside the Roma Street priority development area are under assessment. The 44 Roma Street application envisages a double-storey glass entrance to the tower, which has a ground floor foyer, cafe and lounge bar leading up to 212 hotel suites


▲ The hotel would include 212 hotel suites along with a ground floor restaurant and bar.

Address: 44 Roma Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Developer: Contal Properties
Architect: Buchan
Building type: Hotel (212-guest rooms)
Height: 26-storey (85.8-metres)
Gross development value: Unknown
Status: Planning
Estimated completion: Unknown

58 Morgan Street 

The Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane has approval to build a commercial building alongside St Patrick’s Church in Fortitude Valley. Brisbane City Council approved the mixed use building, which includes function space, a rooftop garden and public realm as well as two basement levels of parking on the site of the state-heritage-listed St Patrick’s Church at 58 Morgan Street.


▲ The eight-storey tower features a communal rooftop garden with views to the gothic church below and Brisbane’s CBD.



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Gold Coast apartment insights: What happened on the Gold Coast in November

Gold Coast apartment insights

New apartment sales on the Gold Coast also hit an all-time high, officially making 2021 the hottest market since Urbis began monitoring the sector

Ray White Surfers Paradise Managing Director Andrew Bell reckons the Gold Coast market is now level pegging with other markets in Australia.

“With a higher degree of owner occupiers now in apartments, we are now on level pegging with other markets in Australia and it will contribute to the old boom and bust scenario on the Gold Coast,” Bell says.

Further reports from property consultancy firm Urbis are showing stock is tightening even further.

In September they advised there would be only four months worth of stock if there were to be no new project released, and based on current demand. That figure has been revised to just over two months of stock.

New apartment sales on the Gold Coast also hit an all-time high, officially making 2021 the hottest market since Urbis began monitoring the sector.

The number of apartment sales for the September quarter surged to 690, bringing the total of new apartments sold on the Gold Coast in the first nine months of this year to 1,882.

Owner-occupiers continue to account for the majority of sales, totalling 61 per cent in the September quarter.

Urban has wrapped up all of the moves on the Gold Coast over November.

BeckDev set for Palais, Coolangatta apartment development 

The development of the small Gold Coast enclave of Coolangatta is set to continue, with the Melbourne-based BeckDev lodging plans for a new apartment tower.

The $130 million Palais, named after the Jazzland Dance Palais that has stood on the 2,355 sqm site since the 1930s, will have 175 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as resident facilities and a street-level plaza with retail space.

Morris Property Group set for Burleigh apartment tower after site purchase

Gold Coast apartment insights

Morris Property Group, the popular Canberra and Gold Coast developer, has landed its next apartment development.

It’s in the hot Burleigh Heads market, where MPG, headed by development veteran Barry Morris, has secured a 2,024 sqm double block at 1873-1875 Gold Coast Highway.

They’ve paid $12.9 million for the site, just 300 metres from the Burleigh entertainment and lifestyle precinct. MPG plans a development comprising predominantly two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments to provide housing more affordable to a broader section of the community.

Mirador apartments launched on Chevron Island, as apartment numbers gets halved0

Gold Coast apartment insights

Mirador, Chevron Island 8 Mawarra Street, Surfers Paradise QLD 4221 

Citimark has cut more than half of the apartments that have now been launched in their contemporary Chevron Island apartment development, Mirador.

The South East Queensland apartment developer is seeking to chop the 164 apartments down to just 71 in the development, which will take the offering to a more high-end standard with larger apartments.

There will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom apartments, including the podium level Terrace Apartments, and the 17th level Sky Homes. Prices will start from $690,000, and range to $2.4 million.

Iris Capital’s $800 million Victoria & Albert, Broadbeach apartments set for launch

Victoria & Albert

Victoria & Albert 12-18 Albert Avenue, Broadbeach QLD 4218 

The Sydney-based developer Iris Capital is getting closer to unveiling its debut $800 million Gold Coast apartment development, Victoria & Albert Broadbeach.

The two towers, designed by DBI Architects over a subtropical recreational podium, will home over 400 apartments, two levels of premium offices and commercial facilities and a fresh food and dining retail on the street level.

Designed for the coastal environment, V&A will comprise a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments on the lower levels, while the upper residences will offer a mix of three-bedroom apartments, with both towers topped by sub‐penthouses and penthouses.

Turrisi Properties get sign off for mid-century, tropical modernist Broadbeach apartment development 

Broadbeach’s next apartment tower is set to come from Turrisi Properties, who has received sign off for their first Gold Coast apartment project.

The development, at 9-11 Armrick Avenue, will home 84 apartments across its 22 levels, a mix of two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a small collection of four-bedroom penthouses, each set to have their own rooftop decks with a spa, kitchen, living and dining facilities.

Broadbeach set for new 45-level, Ferro Chow-designed apartment tower 

The burgeoning Broadbeach is set for another high-rise apartment development, as developers continue to try and keep up with the high demand for luxury product in the area.

Plans have been filed by Ferro Chow Architects for a 46-level tower at 99-101 Old Burleigh Road, on the corner of Armrick Avenue and across the road from Broadbeach Park.

The development will only have 59 apartments, with half-floor apartments taking up the first half of the tower, then full-floor apartments from there up.

The AU set to launch 14 luxury oceanview sky home apartments Surfers Paradise

The AU Surfers Paradise

The AU Surfers Paradise 52A The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 

The Esplanade is one of the Gold Coast’s most sought-after strips of beachfront real estate, stretching over 1.5 kilometres across the beachfront, from the entry to Main Beach to the north, to the south where it becomes Northcliffe Terrace.

There’s been little in the way of apartment development in recent years. There’s Soul, one of the area’s most well-known apartment buildings which is approaching 10 years built, and Meriton’s 400 plus apartments at Ocean, currently under construction.

But now the dress circle street is set for something completely different to what has been seen in decades.

The AU, a collection of just 12 exclusive full-floor oceanview sky homes and two opulent three-level penthouses, is set to launch, giving the strip an incomparable offering.

New half and full-floor beachfront apartment tower heading for Main Beach

The developer push for more high-end apartment towers on the Gold Coast is set to continue at Main Beach.

Plans have been lodged for a 21-level apartment tower at 3671 Main Beach Parade, on the sought-after beachfront side, which will have just half and whole-floor apartments.

The application was lodged by local hotelier Bruce Donnachy, who runs the Arundel Tavern.

The half-floor apartments will run from levels three to nine. Level nine upwards will have just whole-floor three bedroom apartments, with 328 sqm of internal space and 80 sqm of external balconies.


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Cube to start building luxury Cotton Tree, Maroochydore apartment development, Nature

Nature by Cube

Construction on Nature by Cube is due to commence in the coming weeks and is scheduled to be complete by 2023.

The Sunshine Coast developer, Cube Developments, has appointed National Construction Management to start building their luxury Maroochydore apartment development, Nature.

It will be NCM’s third Cube build, following the now complete Curve Birtinya and the currently under construction Picasso apartment development in Mooloolaba.

Nature, located in the small waterfront suburb of Cotton Tree, was originally pinned for 13 opulent residences set over eight-storeys, but has dropped to 12 following a ‘mega apartment’ amalgamation.

Nature by Cube

Nature by Cube 49 The Esplanade, Cotton Tree QLD 4558

To date, Nature by Cube has sold close to $39 million worth of apartments off-the-plan with all but one snapped up, including the sale of the enormous $7 million penthouse; a record price for the developer’s portfolio.

Designed by Cottee Parker, Nature boasts a host resort-style amenities, including a 25-meter lap pool, gym, steam room and spa, yoga lawn, gardens, greenspaces and sun lounging areas – all programmed into a ground floor activity space.

Cube Development’s Director Scott Juniper said it was a significant milestone to be starting construction, following the project’s DA approval in July and the near sell-out success.

“Nature will be home to some of the most luxurious apartments the Sunshine Coast has seen and we believe NCM has the capabilities and track record to deliver on this, including the bespoke nature of these apartments following amalgamations and customisations.”

Director at Cottee Parker, Sandra Browne, said the quality of architecture far exceeds what is offered in the surrounding market.

“We wanted to deliver a product that stood out amongst the crowd in terms of amenity, as well as being of a higher architectural spec and with an unrivalled, premium aesthetic.

“The materiality of the building and the expansiveness of the open glass facade and viewing speaks to a quality of architecture that exceeds what is offered in the surrounding market,” she said.

Construction on Nature by Cube is due to commence in the coming weeks and is scheduled to be complete by 2023.

One apartment remains for sale, priced from $3.5 million.


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