The 103-story supertall tower complex proposed for Surfers Paradise has been given the green light by the Council Planning Committee. Surfers Paradise Councilor Gary Baildon was the only councilor to vote against the tower, saying it was it was damaging to the area.
The Orion Towers project will comprise two towers, one rising 76 stories and the other reaching up to 103 stories, making it the tallest building in the southern hemisphere according to developers – a claim that is contested by other ongoing proposals in the area. The AU$1.2 billion (US$896 million) development is slated to be built on a Surfers Paradise Boulevard site between Enderley and Markwell Avenues.
Planning Committee Chairman Cameron Caldwell said the more than 2,200-bedroom development would be an “absolutely outstanding addition to the Surfers Paradise skyline.”
Council planners had previously suggested that two levels housing 280 car parking spaces be removed to reduce the size of the six-story podium on the building, but that condition was removed by the councilors. “The architect has got to a very high quality of design,” Councilor Caldwell said, “Sometimes these issues are best left to those not in council.”
Councilor Baildon disagreed, expressing concern over the 22-meter height of the podium and how that would affect the surrounding urban landscape. “We have a very narrow street and the impact of these podiums on our streets is high,” he said.
The 1,127-unit development was submitted to the council in late 2016 by Melbourne-based Orion International Group.
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