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Landmark Cairns Rydges Redevelopment A Shift In The Winds

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GA Group alongside billionaire Syrian investor Ghassan Aboud have embarked on a $100 million redevelopment project on Cairns' Rydges Tradewinds hotel.

GA Group managing director Mark Davie said the existing hotel’s refurbishment would become a statement for tourists that Cairns is a go-to destination.

According to the Cairns Post, about 400 workers will be employed during the construction phase, which is set to begin in mid-February and will be completed by the middle of 2018.

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Proposed Re-development of Existing Hotel

  • Renovation/modernisation of all existing rooms to provide a total of 256 non-self-contained hotel rooms and suites, including upgrading of balustrading to match proposed Tower, within the existing 8 storey (28.02m A.H.D.) structure fronting Abbott Street.

  • Minor expansion of northern wing to accommodate the Day Spa currently located on the first floor and the establishment of a Gymnasium for guest use only.

  • Transformation of existing Resort Foyer to include new Reception and Concierge desks, additional seating, and a small cafe and games area.

  • Establishment of an architectural ‘canopy roof’ extending off the existing building and green wall to provide visual and architectural relief, present as a linking feature between structures and the street, and to provide shade and a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Renovations and improvements of resort restaurant fronting the Cairns Esplanade to include a lower timber feature deck, reaching out to the road frontage, creating a new outdoor dining area that interacts with the streetscape.

  • Renewal of porte cochère to include feature pattern tiling and upgrades of existing pedestrian access to both Abbott Street and the Cairns Esplanade to the latest standards.

  • Upgrade of existing façade to include feature panelling to match proposed tower seeking to incorporate elements of ‘Tropical Urbanism'.

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Proposed ‘new’ development components

  • Construction of a thirteen (13) storey/46m A.H.D high tower within the north-eastern portion of the ’Resort Complex’ to support an additional fifty-five (55) non-self-contained hotel rooms over the site.

  • Island Bar and reflections ponds on ground floor, supporting connections throughout the site and links established through upgrading amenities, recreation areas, and canopy structures.

  • Roof top bar and function space for resort guests and the general public access. The opportunities for this roof top location to provide an entertainment venue will be managed solely by the hotel operators with management procedures in place to limit the potential for impacts on the Resort Complex and/or externally from the land.


The Cairns Post said preliminary council approval has already been granted and the hotel is hoping to be open in mid-2019.

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