Melbourne-based developer Chiodo Corporation has lodged plans to build a $300 million luxury resort to bring the “bling factor” back to tropical north Queensland.
The Accor Fairmont Port Douglas will be the newest hotel in the region in 20 years and includes 253 rooms, several restaurants, bars, a day spa, treetop walk as well as conference and wedding facilities designed around large pools.
Construction on the 2.1-hectare site at 71-85 Port Douglas Road is expected to start early next year.
Plans were previously in place to build on the site—with work slated to start in 2008—however the project was “stalled due to change of ownership and unfavourable economic conditions” according to the development application.
The site near Four Mile Beach was listed for sale in September 2018 and picked up a couple of months later for $7.8 million by Oakstand Fund No.7 Pty Ltd.
It is located next to Minor Hotel’s Oaks Resort Port Douglas which was also acquired in late 2018.
The previous approved plans include a resort style complex with 206 units, and a development permit for this project has already been extended.
The latest plans for Accor Fairmont Port Douglas were designed by Buchan Group and have a room mix across five floors, consisting of 150 standard rooms, 76 gold rooms, 11 one-bed, 11 two-bed, five presidential and one royal room.
Chiodo principal Paul Chiodo said the hotel was the first in the region to achieve “Eco Destination” certification from Ecotourism Australia, and has strong environmental credentials.
“Our vision is to deliver an environmental hotel that still encapsulates the hallmarks of a luxury hotel and Accor clearly shares the same passion that we have at Chiodo Corporation for Port Douglas itself.
“We both share a love for Port Douglas and its community, and we will jointly push hard to bring Port Douglas the bling factor that it had 15 years ago, where world leaders go to play golf and Hollywood celebrities go for vacations,” Chiodo said.
Simon McGrath, chief operating officer of Accor Pacific, which operates 344 hotels in Australia, said the company continues to expand its luxury offerings.
“As our first ‘Fairmont’ [branded offering], this is going to be a truly special resort, whose architecture mimics the rich biosphere of the Daintree Rainforest, which is centred on well-being, nature and cultural immersion,” McGrath said.
There has been a big push from the Douglas Shire Council to bring tourism to the tropical north, with the $250,000 renovation of Sugar Wharf for weddings and special events as well as plans to build a road or ferry service across the Daintree River.
Construction of tourism projects in the region’s southern neighbour Cairns have also moved ahead, including the $176 million convention centre and the $60 million Cairns Central shopping centre redevelopment.
Green Light for Coolangatta Hill Development
S&S Projects is riding the recent wave of popularity in coastal real estate markets with its next development, a 12-level apartment project in Coolangatta, approved and ready to commence construction.
Momentum on the Gold Coast has accelerated post-Christmas with developers, including S&S Projects, reporting that many recently launched luxury projects are almost sold out despite premium pricing.
The Brisbane-based developer put plans for the site forward in December after purchasing the current property for $8 million earlier in the year.
S&S Projects, led by managing director Paul Gedoun, is currently building a $74-million apartment project on a neighbouring Rainbow Bay site.
The development, known as Flow Residences, sold out late last year, with all 22 premium apartments sold off-the-plan within four months.
Both projects are near the famous surf breaks of Duranbah, Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay, Greenmount, Coolangatta and Kirra.
Local residents include surfing stars Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore.
Gedoun said the success of its Flow Residences development had allowed him to acquire the Coolangatta site with confidence and fast-track development plans.
“Our last development was well oversubscribed with buyers and no doubt a lot of those people who missed out will be looking to secure a place in [our forthcoming project,” Gedoun said.
“We were keen to launch Awaken Residences to the market as soon as possible to tap into the existing momentum from local and interstate owner-occupiers seeking a laid-back and luxurious coastal lifestyle.
“We’re looking to bring some of the same elements that attracted so many buyers to Flow Residences into this new project.”
The approved Cottee Parker-designed development will feature eight full-floor apartments and one double-floor penthouse apartment with prices expected to start from $2.95 million.
The site is currently home to the popular D-Bar cafe—Gedoun said discussions were under way with its operators to continue their tenancy at the location once the project was complete.
At a neighbouring site, Brisbane-based Spyre Group has plans in front of council for a similarly positioned 12-storey Bureau Proberts-designed scheme—to be known as Cala Dei Residences.
According to the latest Apartment Essentials report from planning consultancy Urbis, 375 apartments were sold on the Gold Coast between October and December—the best result since 2016.
Owner-occupiers accounted for 54 per cent of sales in the final quarter of last year, more than double the previous year’s figure of 25.1 per cent.
Plans Revealed for Burleigh Beachside Tower
The team behind sell-out Gold Coast development Norfolk has joined forces again, this time for a 17-storey apartment tower, also at Burleigh Heads.
The yet-to-be-named tower, at 96 The Esplanade, planned for the 1012sqm site is being put forward by local developer Forme.
The development application as lodged with the Gold Coast City Council on Thursday.
Managing director David Calvisi said the success of Norfolk, currently being built on Goodwin Terrace at Burleigh, had prompted his group to reunite with Koichi Takada Architects and interior designer Mim Design.
All 15 apartments in that development, which were priced from $4 million, sold out before construction began.
The latest proposal is the fifth beach front development on the Gold Coast for the developer.
The 52.95m-high tower will offer 23 half-floor apartments of about 220sq m, three full-floor residences of 440sq m and a two-level penthouse of 790sq m including a gym, library, theatre and private rooftop pool.
“Norfolk has been a great success and it was important we carried the key elements of its success, mainly via the architecture, through to the design at 96 The Esplanade,” Calvisi said.
“The distinctive design of the building and its sculptural features are intended to position the building as a landmark … and act as a catalyst to encourage higher-quality development in the area.”
The site, which was amalgamated by Forme over six months, is currently home to a low-rise unit block. It is directly across the road from beachfront parklands.
“Open plan living areas have typically been oriented east to face the ocean, with more private spaces at the rear of the building,” he said.
“The building is positioned on the site with consideration to amenity of neighbouring properties and generous setbacks to the existing neighbouring buildings.”
Architect Koichi Takada said the proposed tower’s organic curves were designed to “maximise views to the ocean and light, capturing the beauty of the Gold Coast and the essence of coastal living”.
JLE’s Jamie Lee Edwards is the marketing agent.
Article Source: www.theurbandeveloper.com
Tower reveal: Burleigh Heads set for new Koichi Takada apartment tower by FORME
The local developer Forme are set for their fifth luxury beachfront Gold Coast project.
They’ve submitted plans to the City of Gold Coast council for a 17 level tower of just 30 apartments, designed by the renowned architect Koichi Takada.
It’s the second time Forme have engaged Takada to design, after huge success with their other nearby Burleigh Heads developments Norfolk.
“Since the scaffold dropped at Norfolk, the building has quickly become an icon” Forme managing director David Calvisi says, with the architecture flooding social media. Even the popular beach photographer Aquabumps have prints available of the iconic facade.
“Norfolk has been a great success and it was important we carried the key elements of its success, mainly via the architecture, through the design at 96 The Esplanade”, Calvisi added.
The new development will home 23 half-floor apartments of around 220 sqm, as well as three full-floor residences with around 440 sqm of space.
Crowning the tower will be a special two level penthouse. Across its 790 sqm floor plate will be a gym, library, theatre and private rooftop pool.
The layouts of all of the apartments have been designed to maximise the views and take in natural light. The open plan living areas typically have bene oriented east to face the ocean, with more private spaces located at the rear of the building.
The Melbourne-based MIM Design is handling the interiors.
The Sydney-based Takada, who is rarely seen on boutique projects, said 96 Esplanade has been the work of the same team as Norfolk on an equally amazing waterfront site.
“Nature inspired architecture and organic curves are designed to maximise views to the ocean and light, capturing the beauty of the Gold Coast and the essence of coastal living,” Takada said.
“A simple and elegant design that is all about celebrating and maximising your connection with nature.The magical experience on this site is the direct connection to the water and the sky – like air, the design features are thin and light, almost invisible.
“The balconies float above the beach, reflecting the soft ripples of the waves below. Expansive balconies celebrate an outdoor lifestyle and open style living. Composed of materials that reference nature, the design is inspired by ripples on water that dissipate over time.”
Article Source: www.urban.com.au
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