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Old September 23rd, 2007, 01:06 AM   #21
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sweet i will try and get some info as i live right near the gold coast
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 04:43 AM   #22
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OMG!!!! congratulations aussies... it's a great project...
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 10:26 AM   #23
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OMG I remember reading on the Miami Empire World Tower thread one of the forumers said it would appear alot better of the skybridges would be removed except one. Now Gold Coast has done it!!!!!
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 12:16 PM   #24
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I wonder if this project is somehow a joint ventue with the miami towers.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 06:57 AM   #25
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As if they would build a commercial building on the Gold Coast, I bet there will be restaurants and shops at the base.
All the commercial buildings are being built outside Surfers Paradise - see Southport, Bundall and Robina for commercial towers. Also they like big sprawling campus complexes on the Gold Coast - not tall ones.

Its great to see this proposal. The Gold Coast is becoming equally famous for its skyline as for its beach and shopping. Gold Coast city council knows this and I'm sure it will be approved.

Good one - a new TALLEST FOR AUSTRALIA.

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Old September 27th, 2007, 03:48 PM   #26
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Twin towers proposal for transit site

27Sep07 - Gold Coast Bulletin

MYSTERY Sydney-based developer Portberg Property wants to build a twin-tower, 101-storey development on the Surfers Paradise Transit Centre.

The $850 million residential and commercial towers project has been designed by Marchese and Partners International, one of the world's leading architecture firms.

The ambitious application, which would soar above the city's tallest building -- the 80-storey Q1 -- was lodged with the Gold Coast City Council earlier this month.

The Gold Coast Bulletin could not contact Portberg Property managing director James Cirulis yesterday, but it is understood the development would be funded by the Winchester Group, an associated company with Sydney-based Gresham Partners.

The design has been modelled on a similar tower project in Miami, the 106-storey Empire World Towers.

It also mirrors the design of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which include a sky bridge.

Q1 developer Sunland has already formally acknowledged it was one of six applicants who submitted expressions of interest on the controversial site with the Gold Coast City Council.

The council's economic development department is preparing a report on the applications.

The council has refused to reveal details of the submissions.

Other major companies that are believed to have expressed interest in the site include City Pacific, Raptis Group and two interstate contenders.

Three of the applicants are based on the Gold Coast and three are based in Victoria and NSW.

The search for suitable development proposals for the site, which takes in the 600-space Bruce Bishop Car Park and bus transit centre, has been ongoing.

It is believed one of the proposals included plans to incorporate a water-themed resort similar to those found in Miami and the Middle East.

Mayoral candidate Cr Rob Molhoek said the land value of the site was measured at $75 million and that any use of publicly owned land needed full community consultation.

"This is a significant possession for the city and every possible element related to the applications must be looked at and eventually made public," said Cr Molhoek.

Cr Molhoek said he wanted surrounding properties, including the ageing Islander hotel, to be included as part of the applications.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 04:04 PM   #27
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Old September 28th, 2007, 12:38 PM   #28
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I tried to piece this together from a video taken with a camera pointed at a tv, so the the picture quality is a shocker but the TOWER IS FANTABULOUS! Thanks to SoulVision for the capture!




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Old September 28th, 2007, 04:26 PM   #29
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Rejoice, yet Culwulla still think the roof will only go up to 300m , not including the finn or whatever.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #30
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Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I hope the facade is not just balconies, though.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 01:10 AM   #31
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Old September 29th, 2007, 04:06 AM   #32
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Another angle off tv, so excuse the picture quality. But the towers are hot.



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Old September 29th, 2007, 04:15 AM   #33
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I caught the end of an article on 7 News the other night about these towers. They said there was alot of opposition from council members & they also said it was unlikely to be approved. Hope they're wrong though.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 04:19 AM   #34
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Nah, that's just eddie saroff and susie douglas who they interview every time a new tower is proposed and they always say they hate them, but guess what, the towers all get up!
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Old September 29th, 2007, 07:27 AM   #35
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this is a great project! hooray for the gold coast!
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Old September 29th, 2007, 07:33 AM   #36
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I think it will be great, with more people like ourselves who are pro highrise, provided it is good development, then we can get a voice for a change.
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Old September 30th, 2007, 01:40 AM   #37
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i hope they build this i mean it might bring more people here i live on the sunshine coast and it is getting to busy here
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Old October 5th, 2007, 04:39 PM   #38
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Sunland, developers of current WTR Q1, and D1 in Dubai as well as the Palazzo Versace hotels even love the design! ...and they have a competing bid in for the site! (rumoured to be 80+ storeys).


Sunland boss praises city twin-towers plan

5 October 2007 - The Gold Coast Bulletin

SUNLAND managing director Sahba Abedian has praised the vision of a Sydney-based developer who plans to build two 101-storey towers on the Surfers Paradise Transit Centre site.

Mr Abedian said the Gold Coast deserved a visionary design on the site. "At the end of the day it is important for council to make the right choice. But I applaud the vision of others in the development industry and I love the big ideas,'' he said.

One of the proposals being considered is an $850 million twin-tower design that would overtake Sunland's Q1 as the city's tallest building.

"We are bound by a confidentiality clause so I can't say what we have planned,'' said Mr Abedian.

The council has remained tight-lipped about the six applications it received as part of an expression of interest process. A spokesman said they would remain confidential until a final decision was made.

"They are all under lock and key because there is a secure process that has to be adhered to by council officers,'' he said. The economic development department is wading through three interstate and three local applications.

"A report is being written up but no date has been given yet as to when it will be shown to councillors,'' said the spokesman.

Details on the luxury residential and commercial towers are sketchy, although it is believed property powerbroker Len McKinnon could be pushing the bid. Mc McKinnon is a director of Gresham Property Funds Management and a non-executive director of FKP.

The experienced property and investment banking industry figure is believed to be funding Portberg Property through his own specialist finance group, Winchester Property Services Limited, which he established in 1999.

Cr Eddy Sarroff, one of the most vocal opponents of the transit centre development, said it would be a disaster if the council approved a high-rise development on the site."There is graffiti down there on the site. Council should clean it up and establish an alfresco dining precinct rather than doing the quick fix,'' said Cr Sarroff. "The community has already spoken their mind and over the past 15 years we have seen the backlash.''

The main concern on the publicly-owned site, which is valued at more than $75 million, centres on the existing 600-space Bruce Bishop Car Park.

Most councillors want the car spaces to be retained along with adequate provision of open spaces.

The report on the expressions of interest is not expected until early next year. Any final decision on whether the process will enter a tender stage will be made after the March election.

Left to right: Sabha Abedian, Managing Director of Sunland Group; Reza Jafar, Joint-Managing Director of Emirates Sunland Group; Soheil Abedian, Founding Director of Sunland Group and Managing Director of Emirates Sunland Group; Cindy Crawford, world-famous supermodel and Dr Santo Versace, President of the House of Versace at the launch of Sunland's Palazzo Versace Dubai.


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Old October 15th, 2007, 03:54 AM   #39
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Heights are 340m & 320m!!!!

From the G.C. Bulletin:

Move over Q1, it's E1 and E2
15Oct07



MORE than 3000 car spaces and 12,000sqm of open space have been incorporated into the $850 million proposal to build twin towers atop the Surfers Paradise Transit Centre.

In documents exclusively obtained by The Gold Coast Bulletin, the proposal includes a 340m E1 tower at 101 storeys and another 320m E2 tower at 70 storeys.

E1 would become the tallest residential building in the world.

It would feature a roof-top garden and revolving garden restaurant as well as four sky gardens.

The report says it has addressed community concerns surrounding public car parking and parklands, with 'green levels' and waterfalls throughout.

The proposal would be financed by the Winchester Property Group and built by Sydney-based Portberg Properties.

A sky bridge would be a major feature of the development, which would overtake the 80-storey Q1 as the city's tallest building.

The report states that 'instead of placing buildings adjacent to the natural beauty of Surfers Paradise the proposal seeks to intergrate the two'.

In the larger E1 tower, there would be a pool and health club.

Outside the towers and the retail and office precinct, there would be an urban forest park featuring a grass oval and an open lawn area with a shade canopy.

When contacted by The Bulletin, Portberg Properties managing director James Cirulis said the proposal had catered for specific concerns surrounding the 600- space Bruce Bishop car park.

Public car parking will increase to 1577 with underground levels built around the existing car park.

"The proposal takes all of that into account because we realise it is a landmark site on the Gold Coast and we realise the concerns of the community that certain elements need to be addressed and we are confident that we've done our best to do that," said Mr Cirulis.

As part of the mammoth open spaces figure, Portberg would also streetscape a boulevard connecting to the transit street entry and a recycled-timber pontoon would allow access to the canals.

Portberg would keep the existing car park as well as adding additional spaces, the total number reaching more than 3000.

Attractions within the development would include an Australian wine museum, an art gallery and an outdoor cafe precinct.

The development features 12,320sqm of green space, while the towers take up 4925sqm.

Gold Coast based Sunland and City Pacific have already confirmed they have also lodged proposals with the Gold Coast City Council economic development office for the expressions of interest process.

The remaining three are believed to include two interstate companies and the Raptis Group.

A report is expected to be presented to council before the end of the year.

Impressive!!
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Old October 15th, 2007, 05:21 AM   #40
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I'm still trying to figure out where the E comes from in E1 and E2?
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