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Gold Coast Leads the Way with Innovation


The Gold Coast is Australia’s regional hotspot for small business and digitally innovative companies, according to Facebook and PwC. As such, it's only fitting that new developments popping up in and around the Gold Coast share this level of innovation.

Lets take a look at the Elysian, Broadbeach. This delightful project, being developed by Spyre Group, is set to provide a high-tech automated vehicle storage system which will ultimately enhance the tower’s parking capacity. Named Hercules, this innovative feature is designed so that every resident has easy access to a secure parking space. Residents will be able to simply park their car on the automated carousel and Hercules will take care of the rest, removing the need to navigate narrow ramps and avoid other potential hazards. This system reduces the risk of damage from other car doors, the risk of burglary is almost nonexistent and more importantly offers a huge safety benefit as children are not able to run around the car park.

Another key feature of the Elysian is My Butler. This system focuses on true convenience with each resident being connected to the intuitive virtual concierge. This is a true example of connected, apartment living. Through My Butler residents are able to manage the inclusions Elysian has to offer such as booking internal facilities, transport, cleaners, car-wash service and more. Residents can also log and track maintenance, keep up-to-date with internal notices, access the exclusive Elysian social network and receive resident deals and offers.

Jobsite spoke with City of Gold Coast Councillor, Gary Baildon about what's in store for the region.

 "We have more than half a dozen development projects under construction or about to commence, each worth more than $1 billion."

“There is a lot of development underway in the Surfers Paradise area and the Gold Coast as a whole. The Gold Coast is brimming with confidence, opportunity and prosperity. Our economy is vibrant, investment is high and employment is strong. At the heart of a booming $27 billion regional economy, the Gold Coast has grown to become the largest city in Australia outside our capitals," says Baildon, "We have more than half a dozen development projects under construction or about to commence, each worth more than $1 billion, putting the Gold Coast at the forefront of world-class architecture and technology."

"Acknowledging our traditional economic drivers of tourism and construction, the Gold Coast is creating new and innovative infrastructure that promises a lasting legacy. Public and private investment into major infrastructure totaling almost $13 billion includes an integrated Health and Knowledge Precinct, Light Rail, tourism infrastructure and a new $130 million Cultural Precinct,” added Baildon.

In addition to construction, the city is investing $5.5 million installing an optic fibre network that will deliver super-fast broadband. The 20 kilometres of high speed optic fibre will follow the light rail route to Helensvale and will support the delivery of world-class broadband speeds for thousands of businesses, residences and events.

Some noteworthy developments currently under construction on the Gold Coast include: 

  • The Ruby is a four tower, architecturally stunning apartment block developed by Ralan Group;

  • Meriton’s ‘Ocean’ tower is a stunning 76 storey apartment development located on the beachfront at Surfers Paradise and designed by SJB Architects. 

  • The ‘Jewel’ at Surfers Paradise, has recently celebrated ‘topping out’ having reached the maximum approved heights for all three towers. Arcadis worked with Wanda and Architect DBI Design on this project. The development was recently purchased by Yuhu Group.

  • The Star Casino redevelopment is progressing with Hutchinson Builders appointed as the lead contractor and design work by Cottee Parker Architects and DBI Design.

Just North of the Gold Coast, at Mt Gravatt, the eight-storey Savvi Apartments are under construction. Residents here will benefit from the latest in intelligent living, with number plate recognition providing touch-free entry to the secure car park and a CoLab space to cater for working or studying from home.

Developed by Brisbane-based company, Opalyn Property Group, Savvi sets a new benchmark in apartment living where seamless technology and considered design facilitate a truly connected lifestyle.


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