Construction is set to begin on a second new tower at The Star Gold Coast, with “final negotiations” currently underway with a major five-star international brand to manage the hotel component, it was announced today.
Initially slated for a mid-to-late 2024 opening, the new tower will sit on the south-eastern corner of the Broadbeach Island site. Once open, it will be the fourth hotel within The Star Gold Coast precinct alongside The Star Grand, The Darling and the rapidly progressing The Dorsett, on which construction work continues apace.
Dubbed the ‘Tower for Tourism’, the new 63-storey tower forms part of The Star Entertainment Group’s AUD$2 billion Master Plan unveiled in 2018. The new mixed-use development will sit atop a six-level podium, with 210 hotel rooms beginning from Levels 7-21, with a further 457 residential apartments occupying the upper levels. The company’s Master Plan allows and accounts for up to three additional towers on the site, with the plan being overseen by Destination Gold Coast Consortium.
VIDEO: Check out this time lapse video of The Dorsett under construction.
Guest facilities within the new tower will include a day spa and wellness centre, multiple food and beverage options and specialty lifestyle services. It will include a “sub-tropical” recreation deck which will connect directly to The Star Gold Coast’s main building. A lagoon-style swimming pool complete with sun deck, private cabanas, alfresco dining areas, landscapes gardens, a function lawn and other outdoor spaces will support the hotel’s outdoor offerings.
A comprehensive retail space will also feature within the podium levels, featuring a variety of high-end boutiques and luxury retailers. The overall project will provide for an additional 2,300 jobs in construction and ongoing operations.
The Star Entertainment Group Chairman, John O’Neill, said the commitment to a second tower was a show of confidence in the destination by the organisation.
“While we continue to work through and manage the serious impacts of domestic and international border restrictions on our business and the industry more broadly, the decision to proceed with our second tower is part of our unwavering commitment to the Gold Coast,” he said.
“Domestically, we all know how strongly the Gold Coast resonates as a premier holiday location, particularly for those from the southern states.
“There is also a growing number of Australians who want to work, live, and play here. It all helps underpin our confidence in the Gold Coast and SEQ tourism.”
Queensland Tourism Minister, Stirling Hinchcliffe, welcomed the company’s decision to proceed with its latest investment in the Gold Coast.
“This is an outstanding win for the Gold Coast and the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on jobs and helping the tourism industry to rebuild better after COVID-19,” he said.
“Construction of the tower is expected to deliver 1,800 direct and indirect jobs, and once operational, another 500 job opportunities across The Star Gold Coast.”