$100m hotel set for Cairns
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.