The Gold Coast Bulletin uncovers the first phase of a major Jupiters Hotel and Casino site transformation is about to soar skyward moving from ground works to large structures rising up.
Hundreds of building contractors are to descend on the Broadbeach Island site in coming months as a new 17-storey luxury tower takes shape.
It is part of a $345 million project which involves a refurbishment of the existing hotel’s almost 600 rooms.
Probuild Queensland managing director Peter Ward said planning and design was complete and the bulk of construction work would now begin.
Piling was almost completed for the main resort building and contractors had started digging out lift wells.
Meanwhile, workers have begun to lay foundations for a new bridge on the island, the new access point to the tower and the port cochere.
“You see on high rise constructions those lifts take off and that’s what you’ll start to see coming out of the ground April, May,” he said. “What we’ll then do is start following that up with each of the floor levels.
Mr Ward said up until recently, much of the work on the bridge had been inserting steel tubes into the ground to support it.
“Christmas this year you’ll have a structure well underway, a bridge that’s already in place and that leads into next year where we start doing the finishes — all the neat stuff.”
With the construction about to impact the skyline, the site operator Star Entertainment Group has formalised a deal with two major Hong Kong corporations partnering in a separate 200-metre high-rise planned for the site.
Star is co-developing a new high-rise of 700 new hotel rooms and apartments with Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook, bringing the total site transformation to $850 million.
Star Queensland managing director Geoff Hogg said more public consultation on the 200-metre building was likely in the next month and final State Government approval hoped for by June.
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