Mondrian Hotel Gold Coast will be the first Mondrian Branded Property to open in Australia and sbe’s first hotel property in the country.
Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, and sbe, the leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning brands, today announced Australia’s first Mondrian hotel and branded residences will be built at the iconic Burleigh Heads Beachfront on the Gold Coast.
A stunning dual tower property, it is being developed in collaboration with Chris and Letitia Vitale’s Vitale Projects. It will be constructed on an expansive 43,453 square foot (4037sqm) beachfront site on the corner of First Avenue and The Esplanade Burleigh Heads in one of the Gold Coast’s most desirable neighborhoods. With 262 feet (80 meters) of ocean frontage, guests and residents will have direct access to the signature white sands and world-famous surfs of Burleigh Heads Beach. It will feature two distinct towers to separate the private residences, comprised of 89 luxury residential apartments, from the hotel, which will encompass 208 guestrooms. The buildings will be united by a three-level podium that acts as the building’s common space and hub of activity, including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, spa, restaurants, and swimming pools, all overlooking the world-famous beach and Burleigh Headland National Park.
Mondrian Hotel Gold Coast Australia.
This coastal Queensland location will be sbe’s first hotel property in Australia after the celebrated recent openings of Hyde Paradiso lounge in Surfers Paradise and Hyde Perth, further expanding the brand’s luxury lifestyle experiences in the Asia Pacific. Mondrian Gold Coast is one of nine new Mondrian properties that sbe plans to open globally by 2022, with six more to be announced. It follows the company’s recent opening of Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, and the announcement of Mondrian Shoreditch London set to open in 2021.
Chadi Farhat, Chief Operating Officer, sbe said, “We are very excited to announce the opening of our first Mondrian hotel and residences in Australia with our partner Accor. With five open properties, nine in development, and six more to be announced, Mondrian has established itself as one of the strongest brands in the sbe lifestyle portfolio, showing staying power for the long-term. The Gold Coast has grown into one of Australia’s leading travel destinations and the opening of Mondrian Gold Coast is the next step in our strategic global expansion for the Mondrian brand, selecting communities at the heart of the most exciting cultural destinations in the world.”
Accor Pacific CEO Simon McGrath said. “The expansion of the first-ever Mondrian into Australia with its location at Burleigh Heads reflects Accor’s commitment to developing innovative, lifestyle-oriented hotels alongside our partner, sbe. With the Mondrian brand, sbe creates destinations within the destination, bringing together regional authenticity with sophisticated design, creative programming and a lively bar and restaurant scene. Mondrian Gold Coast will be the embodiment of this philosophy: providing residents and guests with elevated hospitality experiences that match the beauty and vibrancy of Australia’s Gold Coast region.”
Vitale Projects Director Chris Vitale said, “It has been our long-term vision to develop a premier beachfront destination and residential address along the Gold Coast. sbe leads the industry in creating unique lifestyle hospitality experiences and this partnership allows us to bring the services, style and strengths of the Mondrian brand to guests and residents of our community, setting a whole new benchmark for service and hospitality on the Gold Coast. Hotel-branded residences are gaining steam around the world, and with very few true luxury branded residences in Australia, prestige property buyers at Mondrian Gold Coast will have the rare opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a private residence with full access to elevated hotel amenities and services.”
The development of Mondrian Gold Coast combines some of Australia’s most noteworthy design and architecture partners. The landmark residential tower and adjacent hotel was designed by multi-award-winning architect Elenberg Fraser, whose plans will blend the region’s carefree beachside lifestyle with modern world class facilities. The structural design will visually transform the site with striking arches, vertical and horizontal gardens and waterscapes.
Studio Carter, an internationally acclaimed hospitality design consultant, was commissioned to oversee the interior design for Mondrian Gold Coast. With Mondrian Gold Coast, Studio Carter aims to use contextual inspiration from nature to shape the hotel and residential design.
Mondrian Gold Coast will be developed on the corner of First Avenue and 50 The Esplanade at Australia’s world-famous Burleigh Heads Beach on the Gold Coast. The prime beachfront location at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, one of Australia’s most desirable holiday and lifestyle destinations, positions Mondrian Gold Coast within walking distance of world-class cultural and tourism offerings, including the iconic Burleigh Heads National Park, restaurants, cafes, clubs and boutique stores.
The debut of the Mondrian brand to Australia reflects the continued strategic expansion of the brand’s international footprint in partnership with Accor, which will include soon-to-be announced Mondrian properties in the Dominican Republic, Germany, the Maldives, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and Vietnam. By 2022, sbe plans to open 50 new hotels internationally, of which nine will fall under the iconic Mondrian brand.
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Honeycombes Secures Funds for Ferny Grove Village
Queensland developer Honeycombes Property Group has unveiled plans for a $140 million mixed-use development at Ferny Grove train station, in Brisbane’s north-western suburbs.
Honeycombes, in partnership with Melbourne-based real estate financier MaxCap, will deliver Ferny Grove Central, a 12,000sq m neighbourhood village and an 82 apartment residential building, dubbed The Fernery.
Honeycombes, led by Peter and Vanessa Honeycombe, secured the development rights to the site in 2017 following a competitive tender process run by the Queensland government.
“We have already received a high amount of unprecedented interest from the local market, highlighting the level of demand for both residential apartments and retail opportunities,” Honeycombes managing director Peter Honeycombe said.
The joint venture partners are expecting to announce a number of major tenants in coming months with a mix of high-profile national retailers including supermarkets, fitness centres, child-care and cinema providers expected to be secured on long-term leases.
Honeycombes is also in the final stages of securing a head contractor for the project with construction set to commence shortly.
“We have built a very strong relationship with the Queensland state government during the formation of the development and will continue to be committed to the delivery of the transit oriented development for the residence of Ferny Grove,” Honeycombes said.
“Without the government’s contribution of $9 million and the federal government’s $11 million in funding contributions for additional park ‘n’ ride spaces planned for the project could not have been achieved.”
The development adds to Honeycombes development portfolio which totals over $2 billion in delivered projects over the last 25 years.
Non-bank lender MaxCap has previously partnered with Honeycombes, providing debt funding to its $252 million Coorparoo Square development in Brisbane in 2015.
Last year, MaxCap partnered with Melbourne developer Troon Group on several commercial projects including the development of a new 3000sq m BMW car dealership in Berwick for Jowett Motor Group in the city’s south-east and an office redevelopment in Mont Albert.
It has also provided the construction facility for JD Group’s $250 million residential development in the city’s inner-eastern suburb of Hawthorn.
Funding has also been agreed for a $120 million 20-storey mixed-use residential building in South Melbourne being developed by Milbex Group.
Article Source: theurbandeveloper.com
Destination Consortium Amends Queen’s Wharf Plans
The final design for Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf development has taken another turn with amended plans put forward calling for changes in the mega project’s residential precinct.
The $3.6-billion development—which has taken a significant footprint of the CBD—is well under way, with more than 5000 tonnes of steel, 41,000 cubic metres of concrete and 400,000 cubic metres of fill delivered so far.
The northern riverfront development will feature a new casino, the overhaul of heritage buildings, five new hotels with more than 1000 guest rooms, around 50 restaurants and a major retail precinct.
Proposed amendments to the original application have now been put forward by Destination Brisbane Consortium—which includes the Star group, developers Far East Consortium and Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook.
The alterations will affect the project’s residential quarter and predominantly involve changing the land usage, mix and designs of towers five and six.
Tower one is a 43-storey, 667 apartment residential project, while towers two and three—located below the Arc Skydeck—will include the development’s casino and hotels.
Tower four will be the project’s tallest residential tower at 200m while the 49-storey tower five and 45-storey tower six—which were originally intended to be used hotel and residential operations—will now be subject to changes.
The new round of changes, submitted to Economic Development Queensland, now call for tower five and six—which were previously residential in nature—to be remixed to include commercial floor space.
Tower five is now proposed to be mixed-use and could contain commercial or retail space on the lower levels with residential in the mid and high-rise sections of the building.
Tower six opposite Parliament House, which has been reduced in size, will now become a commercial-only building.
The Cottee Parker-designed building will sit next to Cbus Property’s 1 William Street, a 76,000sq m commercial tower currently occupied by the Queensland government, which was completed in 2016.
The push to diversify the hotel and casino development by adding new A-grade commercial elements comes as landlords scramble to reposition their CBD buildings to bring workers back to the city.
The Queensland capital’s vacancy rate grew to 13.6 per cent last month from 12.9 per cent in July, with most of the increase coming from reduced tenant demand during the second half of a pandemic-hit year.
Around 44,000sq m of new space is due to come online this year and a further 82,000sq m in 2022, adding to the pressure on a market that in the past six months suffered its lowest net absorption of space since January 2018.
The development has reached the fifth level of the 172-metre concrete structure known as a “diaphragm wall”, currently sitting around 20m above the Riverside Expressway.
Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said despite ongoing amendments due to the possibility of shifting market conditions, the “integrated resort” was quickly taking shape.
“This time next year towers two and three, the dual tower for The Star Grand hotel, will be topping out at around 100m, meaning Queen’s Wharf they will be sitting prominently alongside and above the Riverside expressway,” he said.
“When complete, the Dorsett and Rosewood tower, which sits behind the Printery Building between George and William streets, will be around 200m and is expected to peak around mid-2022.
“And finally, topping out at 240-metres, Queen’s Wharf Residences is expected to reach full height in about two years, well after the hotel towers top-out.”
Early works for construction of the Neville Bonner pedestrian bridge began in March last year on South Bank and will be complete in time for the integrated resort development opening in late-2022.
New team behind ‘fundamental rethink’ of Brisbane’s mega-city planning
A specialist team will be created to ensure land stretching between Tweed Heads and Noosa is able to keep pace with population growth and housing demand.
South-east Queensland’s “200-kilometre city” is predicted to grow by 1.5 million to 5 million in 20 years, making it about the same population as Sydney today.
An extra 794,000 new homes will be needed to accommodate the boom, as the lines between Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine coasts continue to blur.
The new planning team set up by the state government will be announced by Deputy Premier Steven Miles on Wednesday to ensure new developments can manage the surge in new residents.
“Queenslanders want to know that when they’re ready to buy their first home, they will be able to do so without being priced out of the market,” Mr Miles said.
“They want to know that when they’ve retired and they’re looking to downsize to a more manageable property, that they’ll be able to without needing to move very far away.
“And in between those stages in life they may want a family home with a big backyard.”
Mr Miles said, from 2019 to 2020, there had been a 200 per cent increase in net migration from cities to regional areas.
“We’ve also seen a 23 per cent increase in the use of our national parks and green spaces,” he said.
“This must result in a fundamental rethink of our approach to infrastructure planning and delivery.”
Mr Miles said the team’s first task would be to choose a pilot site for a new growth area by the end of the month.
“The pilot site identified will be an example of how local and state governments and the private sector can work together to plan for better communities,” he said.
“The team will also work to bring land in the under-utilised urban footprint to market sooner.
“Queensland’s population is booming, and I want to ensure our government and local councils can keep up with the increase in demand for land, housing and the supporting infrastructure that comes with it.”
The new Growth Areas Delivery team, will be an arm of state government agency Economic Development Queensland.
Article Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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