Fu­tur­is­tic tower plan ‘re­duced’

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW POTTS an­

Plans for a fu­tur­is­tic ‘Blade Run­ner’ tower in Main Beach have been scrapped, with de­vel­op­ers propos­ing to in­stead build a build­ing less than half its height

PLANS for a fu­tur­is­tic Main Beach tower in­spired by a clas­sic science fic­tion film set in the year 2019 have been scrapped in favour of a mod­ern 2018-style build­ing.

The stun­ning sil­ver 47-storey tower was un­veiled two years ago by the Win­ten Prop­erty Group to rep­re­sent “a no­tion of a utopian city of the fu­ture”, with a de­sign based on those fea­tured in the iconic 1982 Ri­d­ley Scott film Blade Run­ner.

De­spite be­ing ap­proved by coun­cil last year, the devel­oper has filed a new ap­pli­ca­tion to re­place the gi­ant tower with one less than half its size.

Un­der plans filed with the coun­cil this week, Win­ten hopes to build a 21storey tower on a site nes­tled be­tween Peak and Woodroffe Aves, just a short walk from Ted­der Ave.

The new de­sign fea­tures 132 bed­rooms, with seven units on each floor.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port filed with the coun­cil, the new de­sign fea­tures a “re­duced vis­ual im­pact” com­pared to the “sci-fi” de­sign, and would re­quire less de­mand for in­ground ser­vices such as wa­ter and sew­er­age.

Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Queens­land board mem­ber John New­lands said the change in de­sign po­ten­tially re­lated to changes in the mar­ket.

“Trim­ming down the de­sign could be a cost-sav­ing mea­sure as well as the re­sults of the mar­ket be­ing restud­ied,” he said.

“Some­thing like this would of­fer a big­ger unit with lower den­sity and be more suited to the owner-oc­cu­pier mar­ket.

“There is a solid mar­ket for that sort of thing where peo­ple are com­ing out of wa­ter­front homes and want­ing some­thing in a great lo­ca­tion.”

Blade Run­ner starred Har­ri­son Ford and was set in the year 2019 in Los An­ge­les, where the city’s sky­line fea­tured gi­ant tow­ers and pyra­mid­like build­ings.

It fol­lowed Ford’s char­ac­ter, a spe­cial po­lice of­fi­cer known as a blade run­ner, who hunted ro­bots – known as repli­cants – that ap­peared hu­man.

The fu­tur­is­tic tower had also taken in­spi­ra­tion from the work of a famed early 20th cen­tury ar­chi­tect, Hugh Fer­riss.

The in­tent of the de­sign was to cap­ture the “me­trop­o­lis of to­mor­row” and a “fu­tur­is­tic city”.

Un­der the orig­i­nal pro­posal, the mixed-use project would have had four lev­els of base­ment park­ing, a sixlevel ho­tel, 10 floors of ser­viced apart­ments and 30 storeys of res­i­den­tial of­fer­ings for a to­tal of 250 units.

The devel­oper pitched it to the Gold Coast City Coun­cil as a “unique land­mark project” that would re­vi­talise tourism in Main Beach and “bring a new con­tem­po­rary lux­ury liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”.

Coun­cil plan­ning boss Cr Cameron Caldwell said the project would be as­sessed when it went be­fore the plan­ning com­mit­tee later this year.

The fu­tur­is­tic tower plan in­spired by Blade Run­ner, star­ring Har­ri­son Ford, has been re­duced and re­sub­mit­ted to coun­cil.

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