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Development Gold Coast: Construction begins on The Star casino’s $400m 63-storey Broadbeach supertower

STAR Gold Coast is adding a 300-bay carparking facility as it begins construction of its new 63-storey, $400 million supertower.

Workers have begun piling works on the foundations of The Star’s unnamed “tower 2” on the southeastern side of Broadbeach Island before the next stage of the building starts in June.

It will feature the Star’s fourth hotel and nearly 460 residential units.

Project director Jaime Cali said the new carpark would be built within a six-level podium of the new tower which will include more than 300 spaces.

Ms Cali said the first columns of the tower would be installed on Casino Drive mid-year at the base of the future carpark.

Parking spaces can often be at a premium at the complex especially events are on.

The tower was expected to be completed in 2024.

“This second hotel and apartment tower is a significant development that will provide great job opportunities here on the Gold Coast,” she said.

“We have 60 workers on site currently undertaking the piling and in-ground activities that will prepare the site for above-ground column construction.”

It’s expected to create 1800 direct and indirect jobs, reaching peak construction in 2023, she said.

It’s expected to require 500 people on site at any one time.

The first sod was turned in late February.

The 200m tall tower will need more than 32,000 cubic metres of concrete – enough to fill 17 Olympic-sized swimming pools – and 8000 tonnes of reinforcing steel with more than 22,000 sqm of window glazing.

“We are drilling around 280 piles into the ground, each one ranging up to around 40 metres in length and up to over a metre in diameter,” she said.

“Three drill rigs have been used to dig the holes for the piles, extracting dirt on the way and filling the holes with concrete, with the largest rig weighing over 100 tonnes and using a 40 metre long drill.

“Once all the piling has been completed, a 2.5 metre thick concrete raft slab will be poured, creating the base slab for the tower with further slabs, or levels, to continue being built well into 2023.”

The tower’s residential units have had strong pre-sales figures.

More than 76 per cent of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments have sold, with only two-bedroom apartments remain.

Prices are $710,000 to around $1.1 million.Major construction has begun on the project.

The state government approved Star’s $2 billion masterplan in 2018. It allows for up to seven towers total including the existing Star Grand and Darling towers.

A 54-storey Dorsett is under construction and will open in late 2022.

The mixed-use fourth tower will be home to an “internationally recognised” five-star hotel brand, expected to be a Marriott brand W Hotel.

The 210 hotel rooms will sit on the lower levels while the residential component, known as The Star Residences, will be on the upper floors.

The building will have a six-level podium featuring an “active” retail concourse and more than 12,050sq m of retail and resort facilities including a luxurious day spa, wellness centre, restaurants and lifestyle services.

The giant sundeck will also have a large lagoon pool, private cabanas and dining areas.

Original story by ANDREW POTTS, Gold Coast Bulletin

May 19, 2021