Surfers Paradise is set to become the home of the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Melbourne-based developer Orion International Group is making its debut in Queensland with a proposed a $1.2 billion project called Orion Towers, intended to reach up to 328 metres.
The project’s application proposes its location on the Surfers Paradise Boulevard site between Enderley and Markwell avenues, taking the shape of a two-supertower mixed-use project featuring two skyscrapers - one 103 storeys and other 76 storeys - containing 1127 units.
According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Development Manager Chris Alston said he hoped the project would be become a major centre of the Gold Coast.
“Orion Towers will be an iconic, distinctive and memorable building, providing a new destination for Surfers Paradise that will influence the skyline and lead the way in a new era of Gold Coast urbanism,” he told the Bulletin.
“The vision is for it to become a new ‘meeting place’, with the centrepiece a modern interpretation of a town square clock-tower with an interactive ring displaying information such as weather, light rail timetable and events.”
Mr Alston said the project would inject more than $540 million into the Coast’s economy, create around 1300 jobs during construction and a further 450 direct, and indirect jobs, once completed.
Orion Towers’ proposed 328 metre height is so tall that the Gold Coast Bulletin said it would top out just metres below the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s height limit mandated for buildings within the flight path.
Its total height would make it the pinnacle of towers in the Southern Hemisphere, surpassing Q1’s spire by around six metres and also beating out Victoria’s 100-storey Australia 108 tower, which is under construction, as well as Victoria’s proposed 90-storey, 323m One Queensbridge development.
According to documents filed with the council, Orion’s features will include: