Back those caissons right on in here! It’s go time at 61 East Banks.
The 8-story, 61-unit apartment building at 61 East Banks is in site-prep mode, and caisson equipment is starting to pour into the lot. The Booth Hansen design is parking itself on the former surface parking lot at Banks Street and Lake Shore Drive, assuring spectacular Lake Michigan views for some lucky tenants.
According to Booth Hansen, expect two-story townhomes on the first two floors, with one, tow, and three-bedroom apartments on the levels above. A shared amenity terrace will adorn the green roof, and parking will be added below grade.
The first of the four Ruby towers is growing in Gold Coast, Queensland.
Ruby is a four-phase development project coming to Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Phase One, a 30-story, 228-unit apartment tower, is underway. Developed by the Ralan Group, Ruby’s subsequent stages, all designed by DBI Designs, will include towers of 60, 47, and 32 stories, if the remaining three on the board all are approved. They’ll combine for a total of 1,372 additional units, along with lots of shopping apace, restaurants, and other attractions, including a skating rink! There can’t be too many of those in Surfers Paradise, right?
Hutchinson Builders is doing the heavy lifting. They were approaching the halfway point of the Phase One tower when we walked by in October. The Ruby website says work will be done late this year; Hutchinson Builders is very good, but that seems to be an unlikely goal at this point in November.
DBI Design’s Qube Broadbeach rises at Queensland and Jubilee Avenues.
Qube Broadbeach is a 40-story residential tower coming to Gold Coast (Gold Qoast? Or should I stop making Q jokes before readers start qomplaining?), Queensland, Australia. A joint development from Morris Property Group and Amalgamated Property Group, Qube will consist of 2-bed and 3-bedroom apartments atop retail space and an amenities deck. (There will be a PIZZA OVEN!)
Morris Property is doing their own construction on Qube Broadbeach, which is a creation of DBI Design, designers of my favorite Australian construction site, Jewel Residences.
I’ve shown you every photo I have to share of the 5-tower-crane festival that is Jewel Residences construction in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. So I’ve been trying to find photos from everyone else. And I came across this video from Lindores Construction Logistics of the tower cranes being assembled back in 2016.
A 17-story, luxury all-suite hotel has risen at The Star Gold Coast.
The Star Entertainment Group is rolling the dice on The Star Gold Coast, believing it’s time to do a massive upgrade on the former Jupiters Casino, situated on its own tiny island in Broadbeach. Along with upgrading the existing facility, they are currently constructing a new 17-story, all-suite hotel.
Probuild, who we’ve also seen on projects in Sydney and Melbourne, is the builder on The Star. Sure looks from here like they had it topped out when we stopped by in October.
Steelman Partners, headquartered in Las Vegas, is the design architect. DBI Design is also involved in the project. Completion is scheduled for first First Quarter 2018.
This isn’t the end of new development for The Star. Also in the works is a 53-story residential tower featuring 423 apartments and 300 hotel rooms atop a 7-level podium with parking, restaurants, and retail space.
Night rendering of The Star.
The Star rendering, with 53-story tower on the right.
Meriton is a brand I didn’t know until our Australia trip. We saw a few properties in Sydney, spent a night in one Meriton serviced apartment and gawked at their 2nd Brisbane skyscraper, then noticed yet another from our rooftop deck in Gold Coast. Finally, a casual stroll through Surfers Paradise revealed what remains of an almost-completed 22-story demolition (of the former International Beach Resort) that may just turn out to be the most impressive Meriton tower yet.
This rendering appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise would contain 311 suites on floors 3-30, with the upper floors being for-purchase units. That link says it would be open in 2018; with demolition still underway, that seems optimistic, but we’ll see.
The consensus seems to be that SJB designed the would-be supertall.
For now though, it’s still this modest-looking demo job.
Yes, I went by this construction site three times; it’s that good. So to accompany the nighttime photos and tower-crane close-ups you’ve already seen, here are a metric ton of pictures taken both in morning, and late afternoon, sunlight.
As a reminder, Jewel Residences is a three-tower development along Surfers Paradise Beach in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It will include more than 500 apartments and a 171-room Wanda Vista Hotel. It’s being developed jointly by two firms from China: Wanda Group and RDG. The design is by DBI Design, and Multiplex is the builder.
Follow the tower cranes down Surfers Paradise Beach to Jewel Residences.
There should be a prize if you make it through this entire galley.