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Developer Announced for $90m Gold Coast Precinct

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A $93.6-million mixed-use project for the centre of a master planned redevelopment of one of the Gold Coast’s most controversial locations has been approved by the Gold Coast City Council.

The project to be built on The Spit, to be delivered by Gordon Corporation after a two-stage state-led expression of interest campaign, will comprise 47 “high-end” apartments, retail and public spaces, and a 52-berth marina that includes three super-yacht berths.

The development, dubbed Village Centre South, will be built across one of the masterplan’s newly available development sites.

It will be the first to be released in decades on The Spit and will adhere to a maximum of three storeys or 15m height.

“We will be working with the proponent and the council to ensure that this proposal adheres to the planning scheme, is consistent with the masterplan and the preservation of The Spit’s natural values,” Queensland development minister Steven Miles said.

Gordon Corporation director Tim Gordon said the 30-year-old developer would draw on its years of experience across residential, commercial and mixed-use projects to create a centerpiece for The Spit.

“As a Gold Coast-based company, we are very excited about the prospect of working with the state government to realise our proposed project, being the first new development in many years on The Spit,” Gordon said.

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▲ The project is set to be built at an empty lot next to the Gold Coast WaterWays Authority between the Southport Yacht Club to Mariners Cove. 

Construction is expected to begin early next year and finish late in 2023 with the developer estimating it will support upwards of 300 jobs during its two-year construction phase and more than 100 jobs when complete.

Two projects have been completed as part of The Spit masterplan, a 675m shared pathway between SeaWorld and Doug Jennings Park and upgrades to The Spit foreshore.

The works are part of the $60-million plan to revamp the much-loved Gold Coast spot, which were first unveiled in mid-2019.

The state government released the masterplan in May of that year after an 18-month consultation process with residents and other stakeholder groups.

Works on the promenade are also in the final stages of construction, with plans for a $4-million jetty and pontoon at the Marine Stadium at The Spit’s northern end to start mid-year.

The state government said the jetty would create “safe, multi-purpose access via the water to the area” and includes the opportunity for a ferry connection to the northern end of The Spit during events.

“As we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, building infrastructure and partnering with the private sector is essential,” the Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon, said.

“[These projects] will provide an injection into the economy, create jobs in construction, and ongoing hospitality and operational jobs.”


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Aria Property launch South Brisbane apartments Trellis, their most sustainable development to date

Unabashedly green, as homage to it’s name,Aria Property have implemented environmentally forward practices across all aspects of the development

Aria Property Group continue to improve sustainability across their South East Queensland residential apartment developments.

Their newest tower, Trellis, in South Brisbane, is their most sustainable to date.

Unabashedly green, as an homage to it’s name, Aria have implemented environmentally forward practices across all aspects of the development, from the site itself, of which 60 percent is covered in greenery of some variety, as well as the trellises within which improve biodiversity, to solar technology and Tesla batteries.

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Trellis 20 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

All 110 two and three-bedroom apartments in the 12-storey building feature cross flow ventilated corridors, operable architectural screen doors, double-glazed glass and more. Residents will experience significantly cooler apartments compared to competitor projects, reducing reliance on air-conditioning and facilitating cost savings

With the growing scale of landscaping and greenery on Trellis, Aria is incorporating 60,000L of rainwater tanks to capture as much rainwater as possible to irrigate planting. This will assist in reducing Body Corporate water costs and recycle rainwater typically wasted in most buildings.

This is in line with Aria’s proven track record in more than just sustainability, recognised as the Best High Density Developer in Australia from 2017 – 2019 with Oxley + Stirling Residences, The Melbourne Residences and Botanica Residences.

ARIA say Trellis is one of their most liveable apartments to date. Designed by Rothelowman, they feature three metre high ceilings, Miele appliances, operable glazing and high-end contemporary finishes.

Reminiscent of an urban retreat, Trellis reflects a new style of resort living with 1,119 sqm of recreational amenity across the Temple of Wellness on the ground floor and the Residents’ Rooftop Club on level 13. That features magnesium baths and an infinity pool with views across Brisbane.

The development also offer a podcast/boardroom, serving as a multi-use space for working at home. There’s also a Residents’ Wine Cellar.

Apartments in Trellis start from $739,000 for an apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Three-bedroom apartments are priced from $1,084,000 to $1,224,000.

Completion is slated for mid-2023


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Sherpa branch out from Palm Beach, lodge plans for Perspective Broadwater in Biggera Waters

The exclusive building will have just seven apartments, six full-floor, three-bedroom apartments and a two-storey penthouse

The Gold Coast developer Sherpa Property, who have been developing and finalising plans for a number of luxury apartment projects in Palm Beach, are broadening their horizons.

Sherpa, led by chief executive Christie Leet, are continuing the trend of their Perspective collection in Biggera Waters, lodged plans for a boutique apartment development overlooking The Broadwater at 536 Marine Parade.

The exclusive building will have just seven apartments, six full-floor, three-bedroom apartments and a two-storey penthouse overlooking Broadwater and the surrounding parklands.

“Biggera Waters has been simmering with undervalued potential for some time now, and these figures indicate that there’s significant upside on the Broadwater which is something we always look for our buyers,” Leet said.

“It’s more affordable than its neighbours to the north and certainly in comparison to what has been a white-hot southern Gold Coast market.”

Leet said the area has retainsedits unique charm as the Gold Coast’s untapped leisure time-paradise, with little development in the region keeping it very boutique in nature.


Drawings my Mode architects submitted to the Gold Coast City Council 

“Perspective Broadwater provides a rare opportunity to become an exclusive first-mover to the next prized pocket of the Gold Coast, offering buyers the chance to capitalise on the imminent value surge.”

Designed by MODE architects, each of the residences will have three-bedroom, two bathrooms, a media room, and two car spaces.

The 400 sqm, two-level penthouse with its own private lift will have an expansive outdoor kitchen and entertainment area and 360-degree views over the Broadwater, Stradbroke Island, Pacific Ocean, Gold Coast CBD skyline and Gold Coast Hinterland.

“Perspective Broadwater is where life begins anew for the luxury downsizer,” Leet said.

Sherpa has seen huge success in Palm Beach, where they secured sell outs in their Perspective 488 and Perspective Two Sea apartment developments. The two projects achieved a combined sales total in excess of $70 million.

Sherpa has now launched Perspective Nexus – a collection of 29 three-bedroom apartments and three three-level Sky Homes, a sub-penthouse, and a penthouse.


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City of Super-Towers Slimming Down

City of Super-Towers

Famous for its skyline of residential supertowers, the booming Gold Coast is feeling the squeeze on its supply of beachside development sites, forcing developers to slim down their sky-scraping designs.

As the city’s off-the-plan residential market continues to surge, development site pickings are becoming increasingly thin on the ground.

Boutiques-sized projects are already the big residential trend but a proposed development at Broadbeach may be about to herald a new era of slimline apartment towers for the city.

Marquee Development Partners has lodged a development application for a 20-storey residential high-rise on a small block with a narrow 16m-wide street frontage.

The Brisbane-based developer put its foot on the 632sq m site at 17 Federation Avenue—opposite the landmark 34-storey Belle Maison apartment tower—in January with property records showing it sold for $3.69 million.

It is planning to replace the existing three-storey brick walk-up block of six units with a “slender” tower comprising 22 apartments across 17 levels.

The development application notes the design challenges of the site’s narrow dimensions.

“The site has a generally narrow frontage of only 16 metres, which can be a difficult to balance essential services, car parking, landscaping and pedestrian activation within limited area,” it states.

“The development has been designed with a key focus on incorporating appropriate setbacks and landscaping elements across the ground floor and mezzanine level to protect amenity and provide a pleasant interface with the street.”

Designed by HAL Architects, the tower’s “slender verticality … (also) facilitates fast-moving shadows, ensuring that surrounding properties maintain direct access to daylight and sunlight for several hours of the day throughout the year”.

The proposed tower will feature six two-bedroom, six three-bedroom and 10 four-bedroom apartments—including nine full-floor residences and a two-level penthouse topped with its own entertaining/recreation space and pool.

It also will incorporate 230sq m of communal open space on the ground level “benefitted by a void above which provides for a grand recreation experience” with a large lap pool, spa and seating area, as well as space for lounging, dining, barbecue facilities and an indoor lounge/cinema room.

Cascading planting will flow over the edges of the tower’s podium to create a distinctive streetscape.

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▲ Thinning beachside development site opportunities are heralding a new era of slimline residential high-rises on the Gold Coast. 

“This design approach achieves a ground level space that creates a luxurious sense of arrival that promotes an attractive, open and inviting interface with the public realm of Federation Avenue,” the development application states.

A public pedestrian path adjoins the site’s southern boundary, providing a direct connection through to the beach and Gold Coast Highway. The Broadbeach North Light Rail station is located within 400m of the site.

According to the ShapingSEQ outlined in the current City Plan, the Gold Coast needs to provide 158,900 extra dwellings to meet growth obligations by 2041.

Eighty per cent of new dwellings should be in existing locations and 20 per cent in expanded areas of the city.

Apartment sales have increased 97 per cent this year with interstate migration the main driver, despite the nation’s population stagnating.


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