L-R Meghan Scanlon MP; John O'Neill, The Star; Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Matt Bekier, The Star Entertainment Group.

Ground has been broken on the AUD$400 million ‘Tower 2’ at The Star Gold Coast, which will become a new five-star mixed-use hotel and residential apartment complex upon its expected completion in 2024.

Taking part in the official ceremony was Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, who joined The Star Entertainment Group CEO, Matt Bekier, local MP, Meaghan Scanlon MP and The Star Chairman, John O’Neill for an official ceremony on-site late last week.

The 63-storey tower is the second new development at the Broadbeach Island site following the 53-storey The Dorsett Hotel and Apartments, on which construction has reached Level 30 and remains on track to open in 2022.

An artist’s rendering of the entrance to the new tower at The Star Gold Coast.

Once both towers are complete, the overall offering will comprise four hotels including the existing The Star Grand and the all-suite The Darling Gold Coast, taking the total room count to nearly 1,200 rooms and suites, with a further 900 residential apartments expected to be added to short-term holiday rental pools.

The Star says it was in “advanced negotiations” with Marriott International regarding management of the hotel component of the new tower, with an international brand expected to move into the 210-room development once complete.

Development will be overseen by construction firm, Multiplex, with the second tower to sit atop a six-level podium which will directly connect other facilities at The Star Gold Coast site, with facilities to include a day spa and wellness centre, multiple food and beverage options and specialty lifestyle services.

A lagoon-style swimming pool will feature private cabanas and landscaped gardens.

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.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the second tower will create 1,800 jobs in construction and 500 operational roles upon opening.

“To have construction starting on multi-million-dollar developments like this just proves that business confidence on the Coast is strong,” she said.

“This is only possible thanks to the way Queenslanders have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. While other jurisdictions around the world continue to deal with deadly outbreaks of the virus, we’re able to focus on rebuilding our economy – rolling up the sleeves and getting back to work with great projects like this one.”

Two new towers, both with luxury hotels within, are currently under construction at The Star Gold Coast.

The Star Entertainment Group CEO, Matt Bekier, expressed his thanks to the Queensland Government for its support in realising its vision.

“We aim to be Australia’s leading integrated resort company and we’re developing properties on the Gold Coast and Brisbane that will be compelling must-see destinations for locals, interstate, and international visitors,” he said.

“The exciting thing now is that our vision is becoming reality. Jobs are being created; cranes are on worksites. Next year we start to open hotels, restaurants, and a wealth of attractions.”