SHARE THIS POST
It’s a tower of strength for the future of Queensland tourism.
Star Entertainment’s $6 billion transformation of the Brisbane and Gold Coast skylines continues to take shape, on time and on budget, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic crippling the economy.
Days after the company advertised for a lucrative contract to furnish the Queen’s Wharf project, another major milestone has been reached on the Gold Coast, with a new tower planned for a Dorsett hotel and residential apartments already reaching 10 floors.
It will eventually stand at 53 storeys when it is completed in 2022.
The six-level podium structure for the new tower is already complete, with level six to showcase resort pools and sun decks, dining precincts and a sunset lawn and events area.
Despite the significant impacts of COVID-19 – and the shutdown of The Star Gold Coast property – construction on the Dorsett tower has continued unimpeded.
Feature elements of the podium’s facade – like those installed on The Darling hotel’s exterior – and the bridge linking the new tower to the existing property were manufactured locally in southeast Queensland, reducing the risk of supply chain issues for materials being sourced further afield.
Star CEO Matt Bekier said the project – and its ability to avoid COVID disruption – could act as a lightning rod for the state’s tourism industry.
“New tourism infrastructure will be crucial to the sector’s and the economy’s recovery,” he said.
“We’ve produced real money to deliver real outcomes.”