Jess Mellor and Jaime Cali at the peak of the first new tower at The Star Gold Coast.

The official ‘topping out’ point has been reached at the first of two new towers being developed at The Star Gold Coast’s site on Broadbeach Island, with the building reaching its crescendo at 53 storeys.

The AUD$400 million tower from Hutchinson Builders now stands at 178 metres and will be home to the Australian arrival of The Dorsett Gold Coast, which will feature 316 guest rooms. A further 423 apartments in one- and two-bedroom configurations will also be operated under The Star Residences.

A six-level podium will be home to The Dorsett’s reception and lobby areas, a lobby for The Star Residences and a variety of dining and retail offerings along with a boardwalk which will connect the tower to The Star Grand in the site’s main building next door. The Dorsett hotel will fall under the General Management of Michael Foster, who was named in the role earlier this month.

The 53-storey tower has now completed vertical construction.

The tower is a joint project by The Star Entertainment Group and its consortium partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium and also part of an AUD$2 billion Master Plan for the site. Elsewhere on the site, construction continues on a fourth tower which when completed will stand at 63 storeys in height.

Apartment sales on both towers are continuing to perform strongly, The Star said, with 92% sold in The Star Residences and 80% gone in the second new development, which is yet to be branded.

The Star Gold Coast Chief Operating Officer, Jess Mellor, said it was a thrill for vertical construction to have reached the top after nearly three years of building.

“It’s 53 storeys of proof of our commitment and contribution to the tourism resilience of the Gold Coast,” Mellor said.

“We are proud to have been able to provide 1,500 jobs during construction as well as hundreds of supply chain opportunities for businesses, supporting economic stimulus in the city during such challenging times.”

A rendering of The Dorsett Gold Coast’s upper-floor residences.

Destination Gold Coast Consortium Project Director, Jaime Cali, said it had been a rewarding experience to lead the project’s development on behalf of the joint venture partners.

“Three years ago, when we started construction there was no indication a global pandemic was around the corner, so to be able to reach this milestone on time and on budget is thanks to all the hard-working people involved,” Cali said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the first guests of the hotel check in and the new owners of the residences move in.”

Following internal fit out, The Dorsett Gold Coast and The Star Residences tower remains on track to open in 2022.