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The top 6 Gold Coast apartment developments being built by Hutchinson Builders

Emerson Kirra

Their extensive workbook sees Hutchinson’s deliver around $2.5 billion worth of projects annually, everything from sports stadiums to hotel towers.

The nationally recognised builder Hutchinson’s, one of the best construction firms across Australia, dates back well over a centurry.

Founded in 1912, current chairman, Scott Hutchinson, is now the fourth generation Hutchinson to preside over the business.

Their extensive workbook sees Hutchinson’s deliver around $2.5 billion worth of projects annually, everything from sports stadiums to hotel towers.

They”re always one of the most sought-after building firms when it comes to residential apartment development. Of​f the plan buyers get an almost unwavering sense of guarantee when Huthcinson’s is appointed the builder of the project.

We’ve taken a look at the top six Gold Coast apartment developments Hutchinson’s have been commissioned to build, some already with construction underway.

1. Emerson Kirra

Developer: Hirsch & Faigen

Architect: Rothelowman

Hirsch & Faigen have continued their legacy of pioneering excellence on the Southern Gold Coast with Emerson, a boutique edition of 27 residences at Kirra, designed by Queensland’s premier architecture studio, Rothelowman.

Emerson Kirra

Emerson Kirra
100 Musgrave Street, Coolangatta QLD 4225

Just the second Gold Coast project for Hirsch and Faigen, Emerson Kirra is located parkside at 100 Musgrave Street, looking over the canopy of Norfolk Pines towards an unspoilt Kirra Beach.

Emerson features sophisticated amenities that enrich a social, active and productive lifestyle, including a residents’ lounge, recreation deck, resort-style pool and sun lounge, while bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unrivalled views across the ocean and distant Gold Coast skyline.

With a strong run of sales at the start of the year, only four half-floor apartments remain amongst the 27, as well as the $8 million full-floor penthouse.

The build is expected to be complete by September 2023.

2. Yves

Developer: Hirsch & Faigen

Architect: Rothelowman 

Yves is a contemporary collection of three towers, launched just before the end of 2021, marking Hirsch and Faigen’s third Gold Coast development.


7-9 Mermaid Avenue, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218

The $200 million Yves project will have 145 apartments across the three 26-level towers, designed by Rothelowman, who have been Hirsch and Faigen’s go-to architect on the Gold Coast.

Crowning Yves is the penthouse, spanning 335 sqm of internal space, plus an additional 71 sqm of private external living. It will have four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a multi-purpose room and a study.

The building’s are topped with outdoor rooftop seating, with the residential amenity located in the shared lobby, which were designed as a greenhouse to create a suburban feel.

There will be a north-facing swimming pool as the centrepiece, as well as a pool and yoga deck, a gym, sauna, recreation lounge and barbecue seating.

3. Cala Dei

Developer: Spyre Group

Architect: bureau^proberts

Hutchies are currently constructing the sold-out Cala Dei, Spyre Group’s redevelopment of the Hotel Kommune in on Coolangatta’s dress circle Marine Parade.

Cala Dei Residences

Cala Dei Residences 144 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225

They’re transforming the Komune Resort into a 12-level residential development designed by bureau^proberts, homing a total of 31 apartments.

Spyre Group director Andrew Malouf said the company had taken a considered approach to developing the site.

“The site was originally intended for a 27-storey development, but we have significantly reduced this footprint,” Malouf said.

“Instead, we propose to create luxury residences that complement the world class surfing reserve status of the southern Gold Coast beaches,” Malouf said at the time of lodgement.

4. The Monroe

Developer: Lacey Group

Architect: Plus Architecture

Hutchinson’s are currently construction The Monroe, the Lacey Group’s luxury development on the Southern Gold Coast’s exclusive Jefferson Lane, in the heart of Palm Beach. Designed by Plus Architecture, The Monroe all-but sold out all of its apartments in May 2021, after just two weeks of being on the market.

The Monroe

The Monroe 124-126 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach QLD 4221

The project will see 33 two and three-bedroom apartments created, as well as a townhome and penthouse. Some 250 sqm of space will be dedicated to the rooftop terrace, which will feature a rooftop infinity pool, a fire pit, barbecue facilities, and a residents’ terrace comprising of indoor and lush outdoor lounges and recreation spaces, all set amongst panoramic ocean and hinterland views.

Architecturally inspired by the Gold Coast’s varying landscapes, The Monroe features floor to ceiling glass in living areas, maximising views and natural light throughout the apartments, while all corner apartments allow for cross ventilation.

Offering direct access to Palm Beach, transitioning between home and nature is designed to be as fluid as its surroundings.

5. 123OBR

Developer: Bottega Group

Architect: Woods Bagot

The Brisbane-based developer Bottega Group are behind the $52 million Broadbeach apartment block, 123OBR, described as vertically stacked verdant Queensland beach houses.

Named after its location of 123 Old Burleigh Road, one row back from Broadbeach, 123OBR will have 14 whole-floor apartments, as well as a whole floor resort deck half way up the tower.


123 Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach QLD 4218

Designed by Woods Bagot, the typical whole-floor apartment will offer 224 sqm of living space featuring three-bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes, two-bathrooms and an open-plan living and dining arrangement, which have views through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Included in the 14 apartments is a two-level penthouse crowning the building and a two-level pool house starting from the ground floor.

The pool house spans 388 sqm across two levels, with five-bedrooms, all with walk-in wardrobes, two powder rooms, a separate laundry, a home cinema/family room, a wine cellar, a private pool, garden and a separate balcony.

The two-level penthouse covers 384 sqm, comprising four-bedrooms, each with walk-in wardrobes, as well as three-bathrooms, two powder rooms, two internal verandas and two separate living and dining areas, a private study and a gym.

All residents of 123OBR will enjoy five-star resort amenities on level six with a poolside retreat adorned with curated artwork.

This space provides residents an extension of their private living spaces with the inclusion of additional facilities such as a commercial kitchen, space for a shared home office or library and private dining for guests.

6. Hemingway

Developer: Hirsch & Faigen

Architect: Rothelowman 

Hemingway, just off the sand at Palm Beach, was the first Gold Coast development for Hirsch and Faigen, delivering a variety of one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments.


1267-1273 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach QLD 4221

The team reimagined the standard bulky apartment block into an innovative shape form, utilising curvature and cut outs to maximise and enhance views from every Hemingway apartment.

Residents of Hemingway will have access to a range of lifestyle amenities including its own ground-level café and communal open space with a swimming pool, pool lounge, barbecue area and outdoor cinema.

Coined after the famous author and featuring a distinct blush façade, construction of the 14-level building is expected to be complete by September 2023.

The $75 million project sold out all of its 78 apartments within a few months of its launch earlier last year.


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‘Best of everything’: approval granted to fantastic farm that will give Coast a brand new flavour

approval granted to fantastic farm, Barns Lane Farm

A new agri-tourism venture is set to showcase the ‘best of everything’ from the region, with a huge Produce Hall trading seven days a week.

Coolum Beach will become home to one of the largest tourism destinations on the Coast, with Sunshine Coast Council giving development approval to Barns Lane Farm.

The farm will be set across 6.8 hectares and centre around a paddock-to-plate experience.

It will showcase Sunshine Coast goods and connect locals and tourists with the hinterland.

The 2000sqm Produce Hall will trade daily and house more than 50 short-term and long-term stallholders.

Barns Lane Farm co-founder and developer Jason Grant said it was a great chance for locals to showcase their wares.

“The Produce Hall will provide a never-before-seen opportunity for local producers, without being subjected to trading restrictions and weather conditions,” he said.

“It will offer multiple connections to the market including selling direct to the public and supplying on-site restaurants and vendors.”

Co-founder Helen Grant said there would be several features at the complex.

“It caters to the many tastes and needs of families and foodies,” she said.

“Other attractions include a distillery, brewery, dining, adventure play areas, animal farms, tours, a performance stage and much more.”

The news has been welcomed by tourism, industry bodies and local stakeholders.

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel said the farm would provide a significant boost to the region.

“There is a huge demand for agri-tourism experiences,” he said.

“The new product will go a long way in cementing our profile as a leading agri-tourism destination.”

Coolum State School Principal Anthony Ryan said the farm would bolster the local community.

“Having this on our doorstep is really exciting,” he said.

“We’ve already implemented Barns Lane Farm themes into our curriculum, and we look forward to furthering partnership opportunities.”

It’s expected that Barns Lane Farm will create more than 170 full-time equivalent jobs across a range of industries and provide vast community and educational opportunities.

Barns Lane co-founder Jonathan Leishman said the region’s agri-business would continue to develop.

“We’re growing and supporting local in every sense of the word, including through our Joint Venture with (venture studio) Josephmark for the Agtech incubator Dirt Lab, which will nurture local innovation,” he said.

Construction will start soon, with the opening set for mid-2023.

Future stages include a 26-room boutique hotel suite and a 150-seat function venue, ideal for rural destination weddings and events.

Barns Lane Farm key features

  • Site size: 6.8 hectares
  • More than 170 full-time equivalent jobs expected
  • Will connect locals and tourists with the hinterland
  • Restaurants and cafes offering paddock-to-plate experience
  • More than three hectares of productive garden beds and orchards
  • 2000sqm seasonal Produce Hall with 50 short and long-term stallholders
  • Agri-tech Incubator, ‘Dirt Lab’
  • Events centre and boutique accommodation
  • Music and arts space
  • Distillery and brewery



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Developer Pitches for $130m Shop-Top Housing on Bayside

$130m Shop-Top Housing on Bayside

Brisbane’s bayside could be going up in the world with plans for $130-million highrise shop-top housing in the heart of the seaside suburb of Wynnum.

Brisbane-based developer Hambros has lodged plans for a 21-storey apartment tower on the vacant lot neighbouring the Wynnum Central Shopping Centre, after winning approval for an small extension to the retail centre late last year.

The development comprises a 6-storey retail and commercial podium, with a 275-apartment tower above, backing on to Wynnum Central Park.

Hambros has reportedly spent about $14 million on revamping the Wynnum Central Shopping Centre on Bay Terrace, as part of a $74-million plan to rejuvenate Wynnum, including cinemas.

According to planning documents lodged with the Brisbane City Council, the tower will be made up of 54 one-bedroom apartments, 148 two-bedroom apartments, and 67 three-bedroom apartments, with six penthouses, which will have private rooftop space and their own pools.

The building height is well in excess of the allowable five to eight storeys in the Wynnum Manly Neighbourhood Plan, but town planners Gateway Survey and Planning argued the plan was “outdated” and should be overhauled.

The six-storey podium would contain two levels of parking, a retail tenancy at ground level, a floor of retail, with two storeys of commercial space for office, healthcare and events space on levels 5 and 6.

Developer Pitches for Shop-Top Housing on Bayside Brisbane

▲ Shayher Group won approval for its redevelopment of Wynnum Plaza last year, which included 184 apartments across eight residential buildings.

In a statement to the council Hambros director Justin Ham said the Wynnum CBD had been left behind “with no development occurring in the last 20 years”.

“Our project is designed to put Wynnum CBD on the ‘open for business’ map,” Ham said.

“This landmark development, with a construction cost estimated at $130 million will have a huge financial and community positive impact on the Wynnum CBD and surrounding areas.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifestime opportunity to create a beautiful space overlooking the best bay in the world.”

Ham said the development would bring much-needed foot traffic to the heart of the Wynnum CBD and help bolster businesses and landowners he said were struggling to remain profitable.

Taiwanese developer Shayher Group won approval for a masterplanned retail precinct at Wynnum Plaza with plans for 184 apartments across eight residential buildings as well as boutique cinemas and increased retail space, reportedly worth more than $100 million.

Work on the Wynnum Plaza redevelopment was due to commence later this year with a completion date hedged for 2024.



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New apartments central to proposed Maroochydore mixed-use development

proposed Maroochydore mixed-use development

Local private Sunshine Coast developers have lodged plans for a site on a key corner site located at the gateway entry point to the Maroochydore Priority Development Area (PDA) which is the emerging CBD of Maroochydore, and more widely the Sunshine Coast.

Designed by renowned architects, Cottee Parker, the mix-use development will comprise a mix of 16 three-bedroom and 88 two-bedroom apartments, along with 2,464 sqm of office space, an outdoor dining area and 831 sqm of food and retail space.

The ground floor space of the development will be home to five food and drink outlet tenancies, addressing and activating all road frontages, with a residential lobby off First Ave, and a commercial lobby on the Aerodrome Rd frontage. The ground floor will also contain back of house areas along with 16 car parks, screened and sleeved by tenancies and lobby areas.

Levels two to four will comprise office space with three levels of car parking and a partial mezzanine parking level accommodating a further 251 car parking spaces, as well as bicycle and motorcycle parking located behind.

Levels five to 12 will home eight levels of residences, with each level comprising 13 units each. A large 658 sqm communal open space pool and pool terrace area will be located on level five, on top of the podium, with additional amenity on the rooftop level, including a gym, a screened plant room and 252 sqm of outdoor terrace space.

Whist recognising the site’s city centre location, the development also reflects the beachside character of the local plan area by extensive integration of landscaping and implementing a light coastal colour scheme. A high level of articulation is proposed through steps in building profile, protruding balconies, architectural screening, an articulated and stepped roof line and variation in building materials and finer grain detailing.

Element Design are behind the landscaping, which will feature along all street frontages as well as being integrated within the building’s design including on all podium levels, to the edges of the communal open space area and with green walls on the Aerodrome Road frontage.

Landing on the corner of Aerodrome Road and First Avenue, the site has a high level of access to public transport with existing bus stops along Aerodrome Road located 80-metres to the south-east of the site and 220-metres to the north-west of the site.

Further, the site’s location is planned to be serviced by key public transport infrastructure including the Dedicated Public Transport Corridor (CAMCOS), CoastConnect Priority Public Transport and Bicycle Corridor and potential future Sunshine Coast Light Rail Corridor, along with First Avenue indicatively identified as part of the future light rail alignment.



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