Home' Hospitality Business : HB APL 2017 Contents Winning design revealed for new Ritz-Carlton Sydney
Leading global architects FJMT have been
selected to design the proposed hotel and
residential tower at The Star Sydney which
will herald the return of The Ritz-Carlton to
the Harbour City.
A design excellence competition,
overseen by a panel of industry experts,
featured submissions from three major
architectural firms with FJMT confirmed
as the winner after detailed analysis
and consideration of community and
The Star Entertainment Group and its
partners in the proposed development – Chow
Tai Fook and Far East Consortium – will
now work with FJMT on finalising a design
for lodgement with the NSW Department
of Planning and Environment. The local
community will continue to be engaged on the
project as the design progresses.
The Department of Planning and
Environment will be inviting public
submissions on the final design when it is
submitted for consideration and approval
under the usual planning processes.
The Star expects to submit the final design
to the Department mid-2017.
“We’re delighted this process has
us on the path to delivering Sydney
another world-class luxury hotel, and
enhancing the city’s appeal to domestic
and international tourists,” said The Star
Entertainment Group Managing Director
and CEO, Matt Bekier.
“The tower and the associated
developments will see the return to
Sydney of The Ritz-Carlton, our room
inventory at The Star increase to around
1000, and more than 20 food and beverage
venues across a broad range of price
points added to existing offerings.
“We’re proud to be working with The Ritz-
Carlton and our partners Chow Tai Fook and
Far East Consortium to deliver what will be a
world-class hotel and tourism experience in
one of the world’s great cities,” he said.
Gold Coast resort
Aquis Australia has unveiled plans for a new
AUD$440 million hotel on a prime beachfront
position in Surfers Paradise.
The company says it wants the project
to become “a benchmark for luxury
accommodation in the Asia Pacific region and
attract a new generation of wealthy travellers
to the Gold Coast”.
The project is planned for the site of the
current Pacific Point apartment complex and
adjoining properties at 3464-3466 Main Beach
Parade. The current tower will be demolished
to make way for a 48-storey complex that
will include 580 hotel rooms and suites as
well as the Gold Coast’s premier dining and
Aquis says a Development Application has
been lodged with local authorities and during
construction, the project is expected to create
more than 850 jobs and once operational the
new hotel is expected to generate more than
200 full time positions.
Aquis Australia Chairman Tony Fung said
the project is the only new, large-scale hotel
currently planned for South East Queensland
not linked to an integrated resort/casino project
and the property would be the “first truly six-
star beachfront hotel in Australia and target
‘super luxe’ travellers from around the world”.
“Our goal was to create a hotel that would
become a destination in itself, something that
is instantly recognisable and synonymous with
luxury,” he said.
“The fact we have been able to secure
this incredible site on the beachfront for the
project will only enhance its attraction to
domestic and international visitors.
“We have been very vocal in our belief that
the Gold Coast has the potential to expand
into exciting new markets and attract a new
generation of luxury traveller if it can provide
accommodation and facilities that match and
exceed anything else the world has to offer.”
He said the fact the project was not linked to a
casino would give the new hotel a unique position.
“Not all new visitors to Queensland will
want to stay in a casino,” he said. “Our
project’s unique beachfront location will make
the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches the star
attraction, not pokies.
“We will be targeting travellers that want
to experience the best restaurants, the best
beaches, the best accommodation away from
the hustle and bustle of the integrated resorts.”
Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, welcomed
Aquis Australia’s AUD$440 investment.
“As Mayor I am all about jobs, jobs, jobs for
Gold Coasters. As part of our plan to revitalise
investment throughout the city, Council is
committed to making the necessary decisions
to revive the Gold Coast’s ‘have a go’ spirit and
economic prosperity,” Cr Tate said.
“One way we are doing this is by growing
business confidence and creating an
environment which will grow jobs.
“The best days of our city are still ahead and
I would say to businesses out there to just look
at Aquis’ plans – the timing is perfect to take a
second look at the Gold Coast and invest your
time and energy in our city.”
Aquis says it has spent nearly a year
negotiating with all owners in the existing
tower to acquire all the apartments.
The upper tower of the project includes
a total of 580 rooms with a mix of luxury
hotel rooms, suites, two-bedroom suites,
deluxe, super-deluxe suites and large
The ground floor lobby atrium will be spread
over three levels and include a spectacular
$2.5 million custom art installation.
Entertainment will include five world-class
restaurants from the world’s top chefs. There
will also be a range of exclusive bars, dining
areas and karaoke offerings.
The atrium rooftop will include an exciting
Asian street-style food market, pool and
high-end executive club lounge. The main
hotel pool will feature a glass bottom that can
be viewed from within the hotel lobby. The
tower rooftop will include an outdoor cinema.
Pending final approvals, the project is
expected to start construction in 2018.
An artist’s impression of Aquis’ new Gold
An artist’s impression of the new Ritz-
Carlton Sydney at The Star
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