$100m ho­tel set for Cairns

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A LAND­MARK ho­tel and apart­ment com­plex, de­signed to re­flect the rain­for­est sur­rounds of Cairns, will be the first ho­tel to be built in the city cen­tre in nearly two decades.

GA Group Aus­tralia Pty Ltd has for­mally lodged a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion with Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil for the $100 mil­lion project, pro­posed for the va­cant land at the cross­roads of Ab­bott, Aplin and Lake streets.

The de­vel­op­ment could be voted upon by the full coun­cil as early as De­cem­ber 13.

GA Group, owned by Syr­ian bil­lion­aire Ghas­san Aboud, wants to turn the 4000sq m block into a mixed-use “land­mark” de­vel­op­ment with two 46m tall tow­ers, uniquely de­signed to be re­flec­tive of Cairns’ wet trop­ics.

At vary­ing lev­els, it will also fea­ture a prom­i­nent canopy struc­ture, an ar­chi­tec­tural ex­pres­sion of the nat­u­ral rain­for­est canopy.

Con­struc­tion is hoped to be­gin early next year, with the project to be com­pleted by early 2019.

GA Group ho­tels manag­ing direc­tor Mark Davie said it would com­ple­ment the com­pany’s planned re­de­vel­op­ment of Ry­dges Tradewinds Ho­tel on Ab­bott St.

“Tradewinds is be­ing built around the con­cept of the Reef, and this prop­erty on Lake/Ab­bott is be­ing built around the con­cept of the rain­for­est,” he said.

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