Highrise to help revamp tired scene

A new highrise development designed by HAL architects is starting to get lots of positive attention in it's early stages with the Gold Coast Bulletin publishing an article in the 18th of July paper. Read the article by Andrew Potts below.


 

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The proposed development.


High rise to help revamp tired scene


THE Mermaid Beach stretch of the Gold Coast Highway could be set for a new look, with plans afoot for a new tower. A development application is before Gold Coast City Council for a nine-storey mixed-use highrise on the comer of the highway and Peerless Ave. The site is currently occupied by the ageing Broad Shore Motel. The new tower, put forward by the Onyx Property Group, will feature seven levels of apartments as well as a floor of offices and retail spaces on the ground.
Its main feature, covering the lower floors, is a sculpted screen called "the shroud", the design of which was based on seashells.
It would be wrapped around the building and would alleviate road noise for residents. Area councillor Paul Taylor said city leaders were hoping to give Mermaid Beach a new look. "This is the sort of thing
that will help modernise the area which is something we have been trying to do for awhile now," he said. "We want the whole of the highway area brought up to a modem standard to get the old buildings out of the way and put up a few high-quality projects with businesses in there. "It would also help us get rid of those massage parlours too." The unnamed developmen will go before council for assessment later this year.

 

ANDREW POTTS
ANDREW.POTIS@NEWS.COM.AU