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Old November 23rd, 2006, 11:23 AM   #61
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They have also started work on One30 Esplanade, on the corner of The Esplanade and Daly street on the site of the old Top End hotel. 128 apartments in 4 towers - I think two of them go up to 22 floors. Each tower will only have two apartments per level. Completion not expected until 2009.
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 01:24 PM   #62
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^wow, up to 22 storeys? excellent. how can i fin out more about this project. Im editor for emporis and would like to add these to the database.
btw, welcome to forum. are you a darwin local?
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 01:47 PM   #63
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I haven't found much about it on the internet, but there's a big render of it on the front page of the local freebie real estate newspaper "Real Estate Liftout - Northern Territory News, Saturday, November 18". According to the article the architects are Jackman Gooden and the developers are the Halikos Group.

Yes, I am a Darwin local - thanks for the welcome.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 02:58 AM   #64
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thanks. ill see if i can contact them for info.

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Old November 24th, 2006, 12:37 PM   #65
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i contacted developer today and looks like they will send me stats/heights/photos of new project. ill post when i get em.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 05:36 AM   #66
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new 9 storey nearing completion on The Esplanade
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i like it.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 01:00 PM   #67
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This building is not far from where I work (Darwin is a very small town!). Its nearly finished, but still has the crane up and a bit of scaffolding. I'll get a photo of it so people can compare the finished product with the "artists conception". These apartments have million dollar views across Darwin harbour that can never be built out - unfortunately they come with a million dollar price tag, so will remain in my "dream" catagory......

Darwin is now getting a lot of developments of this size which is really improving the density of the place and finally shaking off that "frontier town" feel.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 02:19 PM   #68
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yes, ive posted many new projects that range from 6-9storeys.This size project seems to go well with markets. not too big or small.
Darwin needs to make that jump up with 15-30st projects as norm.
its good to see it actually happening.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 08:27 AM   #69
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Just to update. A while ago i reported that there was a project called Ascension consisting of two 27 story towers at the corner of Daly Street and the Esplanade in Darwin City. (the old Top End Hotel site ..that is the huge block of land bound by mitchell, daly and the esplanade in the city centre)



I recieved a brochure in the mail the other day. It's now had a name change and a slight design change. But still going ahead and will be ready to move into by January 2009.




It's now called One30 Esplanade. The name change from Ascension to One30 Esplanade is because of marketing reasons. There's so many developments going on in Darwin at this moment that have 'nice sounding' names, it's very confusing for investors.

With the Esplanade now completely built out by back-to-back highrises, (sunbuild's new 9 story building next door to Lameroo took the last parcel of land to go, old house to be demolished) Halikos wanted to 'cash in' on the popularity and 'rarity' of it's full frontal Esplanade position. having One30 Eslpanade as it's new name, does accentuates this, and gives this development a mark of difference in the booming market place.


The number of appartments have been expanded. Formally two 27 story towers, it now becomes four towers. The tallest two fronting Mitchell Street being 18 and 22 stories high, the other two, fronting the Esplanade being 12 and 16 stories high.

The same, ultra stylish pink, white, blue and silver design facade themes remain intact. The development, involves a major streetscaping of Daly Street and the Esplanade with new curves, parking, landscaping, paving and restaurants.



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Old December 6th, 2006, 08:44 AM   #70
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I am very glad to see that the Darwin city Council has completely demolished the very ugly Stuart Park Tank Farm (huge white gas storage tanks adjacent to the city c.d.b. and present in Culwalla's google picture he posted a while back.)

When i was in Darwin the other month, i thought it looked great seeing them removed, and having such a big expanse of land to do anything with. I was kind of hoping the city council would turn this space into a huge city-fringe park.

It's great to read on the NT Government's futuredarwin website, that their plan is to convert this space into exactly that, a huge city park. perfect. I also love the way they are building better swimming access at Lameroo Beach in the City too, aswell as more cycle ways and walk ways.

The NT Government is really switched on, i am a little worried that Clare Martin might get voted out next year. I've been watching NT Stateline on ABC2 and i worry that she is becoming a little bit like Jeff Kennett, and might just get thrown out by do-gooders, nimbys and greenies. It seems that not all Darwinites are happy that Clare is turning their city into a new Gold Coast. (..as is often bemoaned).
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Old December 6th, 2006, 09:18 AM   #71
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thanks staminous. ive contacted Halikos about the 4 towers, but so far no response.
so its 12st, 16st,18st,22st towers? or approx-36m,50m,60m,75m?
cant wait for more data so i can add them to emporis.
yeah its good about the tank removals. such a great spanse of land to give back to the people.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 05:18 PM   #72
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Clearly Halikos is not in a hurry to sell off its new apartments in one30 Esplanade. There's still nothing on the net, which I find strange because they commenced the basement excavation weeks ago. In the meantime I thought I'd post a scan of the development to give you a taste of what to expect (sorry about all the writing over it!)

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Old December 18th, 2006, 10:02 AM   #73
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From last Saturday's NT News - at this stage a bit of a pipe dream, but you never know......

$500m twin towers plan
By EMMA GUMBLETON
16dec06

AN ARCHITECT wants to build a futuristic gateway to Darwin's city centre with two giant towers _ one 55 storeys and the other at least 35. The Darwin City Gate development _ estimated to cost between $300-500million _ is planned for the corner of Daly and McMinn streets. Both towers would be taller than the Territory's tallest building _ the 33-storey Evolution apartment block, which is being built on McMinn St. The 55-storey tower would be about 200m tall and would be linked to the smaller skyscraper by a bridge across Daly St.

City Gate could be finished by 2012. It will house 12,000sqm of retail and 40,000sqm of office space, a 300-room 4 or 5-star hotel and more than 200 apartments. The higher levels, floors 51 to 55, are planned to contain a communications tower/centre, observation deck, restaurant and art gallery. A second bridge will wind over the major intersection to the old railway line path.


Capital Architecture director Peter Villis said he was planning for a Darwin 10 to 20 years into the future. ``Planning in Darwin allows for 40 storeys and I think the next level of development that needs to emerge in this city, looking at its long-term growth, is 55 storeys,'' he said. ``But in addition to that, the height will allow it to be more significant than the Waterfront, which is going to be something like 23 storeys.


``This project is visionary and will bring change to Darwin. It is at the outer edge of possibility and that's what vision is about _ it leads people to the next step.'' Mr Villis said the next two years would be spent in public consultation and formal planning approval. After that, City Gate could take three years to build.


``This is the entry of the city and should be the entry _ if you look at it at the moment it looks like the back end of town but it should actually be the front end,'' he said.


``In Darwin today, I wouldn't want to lodge an application. But it's something we don't want to do until people understand and agree with it.''


Mr Villis said he was in talks with department stores to take up retail space.


The building is designed in the shape of a gecko, tying in Aboriginal culture and the tropical environment.


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Old December 18th, 2006, 01:27 PM   #74
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**** me. A 200m tower for a city of just over 100,000. If you can pull it off, then u guys are better then every other city in Australia!
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Old December 18th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #75
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god damn! how good would that be.do they know about the 100m height limit? lol
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Old December 18th, 2006, 02:52 PM   #76
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so is the gateway site (cnr mcminn and daly st adjacent to Apollo motorhomes?
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Old December 19th, 2006, 12:12 AM   #77
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heres an updated skyline diagram showing 0ne30 esplanade dvelopment and the massive city gate towers.

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Old December 19th, 2006, 01:45 AM   #78
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If Darwin can pull this off it will be a major miracle!!!! Im not sure that this height works very well on this site, and it seems a like its at the wrong end of town for this sort of development.....then again, this could establish a new business precinct for Darwin.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 11:01 AM   #79
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This proposed project is actually in a pretty good location. At the moment there is nothing on these sites, just disused warehousing and derelict office space. The achitect makes a good point when he says that this primary approach to Darwin is pretty ordinary, flanked as it is by car yards and light industrial complexes - a bit like Parramatta Road before the fix-up. A building like this would signal an arrival in a city centre.

There are, of course, people already protesting the proposal. Darwin has a surprisingly voiciferous anti-development lobby, our new beach resort was only approved through a pretty fancy-footed compromise with the Casino next door. The rational of this particular lobby makes precious little sense they simply object to everything on reflex, and are completely unable to grasp the concept that well planned projects and infrastructure can actually enhance our lifestyle rather than detract from it.

Still, the NT Government is pretty keen on these types of Mega Projects and there is even a division of the Chief Minister's department dedicated to them, so you just never know....

Anyway, here's the basic plan for the sites from the architect, courtesy the NT News.

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And a slightly larger render of the design, once again courtesy of NT News

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