August 24, 2018
The Hotel Conversation Article: $400 million Dorsett Hotel and Star Residences Gold Coast construction starts
Construction has begun today on the $400 million Dorsett Hotel and Star Residences on the Gold Coast, which will feature 316 hotel rooms and 423 apartments with direct access to The Star Casino.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced that works have started on the $400 million Dorsett Hotel and Star Residences on the Gold Coast, which will also herald the entry to Australia of the internationally-acclaimed Dorsett hotel brand, set to open in 2022.
The 53-storey tower will feature 316 hotel rooms and 423 one and two bedroom apartments with direct access to the Star.
Economic benefits flowing from the project will include 2300 jobs, with 1800 in construction and a further 500 created once operational.
Destination Gold Coast Consortium – a joint venture between The Star Entertainment Group and its Hong Kong- based partners Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium – will develop the tower.
This morning Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Vice Chairman Dorsett Hospitality International – Datin Jasmine Abdullah Heng, and The Star Entertainment Group Chairman – John O’Neill.
“We are delighted to further enhance the tourism appeal of the Gold Coast and south-east Queensland more generally with this latest joint venture development,” said Mr O’Neill.
“The Star Gold Coast has been transformed over the past three years, and continues to evolve, with levels of investment that position us as a genuine global tourism destination.”
“The introduction of a Dorsett hotel will bring with it increased awareness in the global market, especially in Asia, where Dorsett Hospitality International owns and operates the majority of its 54 hotels.”
The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director Queensland, Geoff Hogg, said the sod-turning for the tower continued an exciting year on the Gold Coast.
“We had the success of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games which had the best of our city on display to the world,” said Mr Hogg.
“At The Star Gold Coast, we were delighted to open The Darling in time for the Commonwealth Games and now to progress just a few months later to breaking ground for the Dorsett hotel and apartment tower highlights our commitment to tourism and the region.”
“Today’s ground-breaking ceremony is truly a proud moment for us,” said Datin Jasmine Abdullah Heng, Vice Chairman Dorsett Hospitality International.
“We see its enormous potential, and we cannot wait to offer a whole new level of sophistication, service, and style to future guests. We are one of Asia’s fastest growing hotel groups and our strategy is to target China’s fast growing affluent middle-class market, offering memorable experiences at great value and the highest levels of hospitality.”
Australia’s largest privately-owned construction company, Hutchinson Builders, was named last week as the preferred contractor for the tower development.
The tower has been designed by acclaimed architects Cottee Parker, in conjunction with multi-award-winning DBI Design.