Developer Dreams Of Giving Gold Coast Tallest Tower Yet


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.

Orion Towers, Surfers Paradise

“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, Surfers Paradise

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.

Orion Towers, Surfers Paradise

According to documents filed with the council, Orion’s features will include:

  • A 680 square metre full-floor penthouse on level 100 with ground floor concierge and private lift
  • A “signature” restaurant on level 101
  • A 165-room, five-star hotel
  • A dedicated bike ramp into the carpark, with space for 600 bikes
  • A five-level, mixed-use podium including ground floor retail designed around a sculptural ‘urban canyon’
  • A “lush” garden deck and recreation area with five pools, including an indoor pool, an eastern pool to catch morning sun and a western pool for afternoon bathing
  • Twin indoor and outdoor residents’ lounges on level 49 of both towers
  • A private club on level 74 of the smaller tower for owners of the penthouse and sub-penthouses
  • Australia’s highest observation restaurant on level 101 of the tallest tower, offering 360-degree views.
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