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Leading global architects FJMT have been
selected to design the proposed hotel and
residential tower at The Star Sydney which will
herald the return of The Ritz-Carlton to the
A design excellence competition, overseen
by a panel of industry experts, featured
submissions from three major architectural
firms with FJMT confirmed as the winner
after detailed analysis and consideration of
community and stakeholder feedback.
The Star Entertainment Group and its partners
in the proposed development – Chow Tai Fook and
Far East Consortium – will now work with FJMT
on finalising a design for lodgement with the NSW
Department of Planning and Environment. The
local community will continue to be engaged on the
project as the design progresses.
The Department of Planning and
Environment will be inviting public submissions
on the final design when it is submitted for
consideration and approval under the usual
The Star expects to submit the final design to
the Department mid-2017.
“ We’re delighted this process has us on the
path to delivering Sydney another world-class
luxury hotel, and enhancing the city’s appeal to
domestic and international tourists,” said The
Star Entertainment Group Managing Director
and CEO, Matt Bekier.
“The tower and the associated
developments will see the return to Sydney
of The Ritz-Carlton, our room inventory
at The Star increase to around 1000, and
more than 20 food and beverage venues
across a broad range of price points added to
“ We’re proud to be working with The Ritz-
Carlton and our partners Chow Tai Fook and Far
East Consortium to deliver what will be a world-
class hotel and tourism experience in one of the
world’s great cities,” he said.
Gold Coast resort
Aquis Australia has unveiled plans for a new
AUD$440 million hotel on a prime beachfront
position in Surfers Paradise.
The company says it wants the project to
become “a benchmark for luxury accommodation in
the Asia Pacific region and attract a new generation
of wealthy travellers to the Gold Coast”.
The project is planned for the site of the current
Pacific Point apartment complex and adjoining
properties at 3464-3466 Main Beach Parade. The
current tower will be demolished to make way for
a 48-storey complex that will include 580 hotel
rooms and suites as well as the Gold Coast’s
premier dining and entertainment facilities.
Aquis says a Development Application has been
lodged with local authorities and during construction,
the project is expected to create more than 850 jobs
and once operational the new hotel is expected to
generate more than 200 full time positions.
Aquis Australia Chairman Tony Fung said the
project is the only new, large-scale hotel currently
planned for South East Queensland not linked
to an integrated resort/casino project and the
property would be the “first truly six-star beachfront
hotel in Australia and target ‘super luxe’ travellers
from around the world”.
“Our goal was to create a hotel that would become
a destination in itself, something that is instantly
recognisable and synonymous with luxury,” he said.
“The fact we have been able to secure this
incredible site on the beachfront for the project
will only enhance its attraction to domestic and
“ We have been very vocal in our belief that
the Gold Coast has the potential to expand into
exciting new markets and attract a new generation
of luxury traveller if it can provide accommodation
and facilities that match and exceed anything else
the world has to offer.”
He said the fact the project was not linked to a
casino would give the new hotel a unique position.
“Not all new visitors to Queensland will want
to stay in a casino,” he said. “Our project’s unique
beachfront location will make the Gold Coast’s
beautiful beaches the star attraction, not pokies.
“ We will be targeting travellers that want to
experience the best restaurants, the best beaches,
the best accommodation away from the hustle and
bustle of the integrated resorts.”
Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, welcomed Aquis
Australia’s AUD$440 investment.
“As Mayor I am all about jobs, jobs, jobs for
Gold Coasters. As part of our plan to revitalise
investment throughout the city, Council is
committed to making the necessary decisions
to revive the Gold Coast’s ‘have a go’ spirit and
economic prosperity,” Cr Tate said.
“One way we are doing this is by growing
business confidence and creating an environment
which will grow jobs.
“The best days of our city are still ahead and
I would say to businesses out there to just look
at Aquis’ plans – the timing is perfect to take a
second look at the Gold Coast and invest your
time and energy in our city.”
Aquis says it has spent nearly a year negotiating
with all owners in the existing tower to acquire all
The upper tower of the project includes a total
of 580 rooms with a mix of luxury hotel rooms,
suites, two-bedroom suites, deluxe, super-deluxe
suites and large penthouse suites.
The ground floor lobby atrium will be
spread over three levels and include a
spectacular $2.5 million custom art installation.
Entertainment will include five world-class
restaurants from the world’s top chefs. There will
also be a range of exclusive bars, dining areas
and karaoke offerings.
The atrium rooftop will include an exciting
Asian street-style food market, pool and high-end
executive club lounge. The main hotel pool will
feature a glass bottom that can be viewed from
within the hotel lobby. The tower rooftop will
include an outdoor cinema.
Pending final approvals, the project is expected
to start construction in 2018.
An artist’s impression of Aquis’
new Gold Coast development
An artist’s impression of the new
Ritz-Carlton Sydney at The Star
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