Council Approval On Tower Gives Gold Coast Spirit


With a unanimous vote of approval from Gold Coast's councillors, Surfers Paradise will soon be home to a building that will join the club of Australia's tallest residential towers.

The Spirit tower, developed by Chinese company Forise Holdings and represented by Gold Coast lawyer Tony Hickey, will have 479 apartments across 89 storeys and extend 304 metres in height.

Cranes at a soaring 345 metres will be used to construct the new addition to Surfers Paradise's skyline.

Spirit's plans to Council reveal the three bottom storeys are designed to include a mixture of retail and entertainment, with the main entrance from The Esplanade and secondary walks in from Trickett and Hanlon streets.

The majority of the floors are for dwellings with equipment and private open space floors located in different sections of the building.

According to, The Gold Coast's city architect submitted a report to council saying the scale of the proposal is appropriate for the area with a distinct podium and tall slender form.

"The proposal is unique, attractive and will enhance the character of the area. The proposal will contribute to the quality of the city's distinct skyline."Spirit's approval for construction officially usurps Surfers Paradise's other residential gem, Q1, by providing the highest apartments on the Gold Coast, with 89 residential storeys as opposed to Q1's 79 storeys.

However, despite obtaining this crown Spirit still loses out to Q1 for overall height. The building's 79 storeys at 235 metres is added to by a spire which brings it to a full architectural height of 322 metres, making Q1 taller over Spirit's total 304 metres.

The approval for Spirit has come the second time around for Forise Holdings, who previously tried to get Spirit off the ground and into the sky with an original proposal for an 88-storey building.

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, this first attempt was knocked back by the Planning and Environment Court after an appeal by residents.

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