Gurner Proposes Massive ‘La Pelago’ Residential Project for Surfers

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Architectural rendering of Gurner's La Pelago development
Architectural rendering of Gurner's La Pelago development

Property developer Gurner has submitted a development application for a large $1.25 billion four tower residential-led development located at 108 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise.

Designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects, the project consists of an entire 11,485m2 city block island site of land bordered by Pine, Oak, Norfolk Avenue and the Gold Coast Highway.

The four towers are proposed for permanent residential occupancy, comprising of 889 apartments. However, Tower 3 contains short-term accommodation apartments over 10 storeys, including 199 serviced apartments.

A large podium level recreation deck is planned with several different zones and amenities. Additional indoor communal recreational areas are also provided throughout the podium and towers to meet the recreational needs of residents and guests.

Architectural rendering of Gurner's La Pelago development
Architectural rendering of Gurner’s La Pelago development
Architectural rendering of Gurner's La Pelago development
Architectural rendering of Gurner’s La Pelago development

According to the development application, the project’s vision is to create a world class residential precinct that is unique to Surfers Paradise.

“The design of the proposal is concentrated on ‘Green Luxury Living’ whilst responding to its context of ‘River meets Sea’, being located between beaches to the east and the Nerang River to the west.” – Warren and Mahoney.

Architectural rendering of Gurner's La Pelago development
Architectural rendering of Gurner’s La Pelago development
Architectural rendering of Gurner's La Pelago development
Architectural rendering of Gurner’s La Pelago development

Project rundown

  • Heights: Tower 1, 30 storeys (RL 116.4m). Tower 2, 25 storeys (RL 98.2m). Tower 3, 55 storeys (RL 191.7m). Tower 4, 34 storeys (RL 122.3m), with a 3 storey podium height.
  • Landscaping: 344m2 of deep planting is proposed at ground level, comprising a variety of tree species that provide shading to the streetscape. Deep planting is focused in the western part of the site, to provide a landscaped, green edge to the low density residential housing to the west. 2,287m2 of additional ground level landscaping and planting to edge of podium levels 1 and 2.
  • Parking: The development includes 1,257 car parking spaces contained within two levels of basement with mezzanine basement level and in podium levels
  • Site area: 11,485m2
  • Uses: x889 apartments, x199 short – term accommodation rooms, 1,867m2 – Food and Drink Outlet, 121m2 – Shop, 319m2 – Community use, 706m2 – Health Care Service

Tower 1

Proposed Tower 1
Proposed Tower 1

Tower 1, located on the corner of Pine Avenue and Oak Avenue consists of 30 residential levels accommodating 150 multiple dwelling units, including: 12 x one bedroom units, 107 x two bedroom units and 31 x three bedroom units.

  • The units contain private open space (balconies) ranging from 8m2 to 60m2 directly accessed from the main living areas, creating indoor / outdoor living areas in seeking to capitalise on South-east Queensland’s subtropical climate.
  • The balconies are orientated to Oak Avenue and Pine Avenue to reduce the mass and dominance at those interfaces of the building and to provide casual surveillance to the street.

Tower 2

Proposed Tower 2
Proposed Tower 2

Tower 2, located toward the north – west corner of the site consists of 25 levels accommodating 94 multiple dwelling units, including: 53 x two bedroom units and 41 x three bedroom units.

  • The units contain private open space (balconies) ranging from 6m2 and 64m2 directly accessed from the main living areas.
  • The balconies are orientated to Oak Avenue and Norfolk Avenue to reduce the mass and dominance of the building and to provide casual surveillance to the street.

Tower 3

Proposed Tower 3
Proposed Tower 3

 

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Tower 3, situated centrally in the site and adjacent to the Pine Avenue frontage consists of 112 studio apartments, 254 x one bedroom units; 156 x two bedroom units; 74 x three bedroom units (inclusive of 2 penthouses).

  • The multiple-dwelling units contain private open space (balconies) ranging from 8m2 to 104m2 directly accessed from the main living areas, creating indoor / outdoor living areas.
  • The short-term accommodation units include balconies ranging from 8m2 to 30m2 on average, and up to 281m2 for penthouse apartments.

Tower 4

Proposed Tower 4
Proposed Tower 4

Tower 4, located on the eastern side of the site with frontages to Norfolk Avenue, Ferny Avenue and Pine Avenue consists of 34 levels accommodating 248 multiple dwelling units, including 83 x one bedroom units and 145 x two bedroom units.

  • The units contain private open space (balconies) ranging from 8m2 and 110m2 directly accessed from the main living areas, creating indoor / outdoor living, benefitting from South-east Queensland’s subtropical climate. Majority of the balconies and terraces are predominately orientated to the north and north-east.

The site had a previously approved development application for ‘The Ruby / Paradise Resort Masterplan’ which was a mixed use four dower development.

The development is proposed to be delivered over two stages. Stage 1 will consist of Tower 1, Tower 2 and Tower 3, podium and basement (including loading / services areas) and Stage 2 will include the delivery of Tower 4, podium and basement.

Plans

Plans

 

Tell us what you think about this development below in the comment box. The development application for this project, available to view on the Gold Coast City Council’s Planning & Development online platform is MCU/2021/430.

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By 04 reviewer(s)

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    Ahmet Ozaydin

    Owner occupier will shun it due to ghetto style high density development. Four towers on a land that can only accommodate two towers is risky of downgrading the whole appeal of development.

    October 21, 2021

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    Jen

    Agree with Bruiser,

    Tower 1 and 2 are cheap and nasty.

    Tower 3 and 4 excellent, but no guarantee they will be built.

    This is a suckers proposal.

    September 7, 2021

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    Nick

    Bruiser is probably right. It does seem like a considerable development investment for a site so far back from the beach. And Tower’s 3 and 4 look WAY better quality than the cheap poxy cookie-cutter stuff they are pumping out in tower’s 1 and 2. Interesting to note all the ‘green’ stuff required to get the DA done is in the later stage buildings. The harder-to-build architectural floor plates also in the later stages.

    It would be nice to see it go ahead as planned though.

    September 2, 2021

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    Bruiser

    I call BS on this development. They put towers 3 and 4 in the proposal to increase sales. Then they build cheap & ugly towers 1 and 2 and sit on it for a few years. Then they magically run out of money, sell the rest of the land off, with buyers left feeling ripped off.

    September 2, 2021

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