Meritonâ€™s Sundale On The Broadwater
The sky is the limit for Meritonâ€™s Sundale and the soaringÂ 55-level landmark will certainly make the most of the space.
When Meriton chief architect Alan JohnsonÂ says â€śitâ€™s hugeâ€ť, he means it. Sundale willÂ be Southportâ€™s largest residential tower, withÂ huge views, a huge list of resort-style luxuriesÂ and huge appeal for buyers looking to invest inÂ one of the Gold Coastâ€™s biggest boom suburbs. The $400 millionÂ price-tag on the Meriton designed development isnâ€™t tiny either.
Add an on-site retail complex including Woolworths, cafes,Â restaurants and a beauty salon, on-site child care, an outdoorÂ podium pool, sundeck, lush garden areas and a fully equippedÂ gym and you start to wonder if huge doesnâ€™t quite cover it.
Mr Johnson said the task set by Meritonâ€™s billionaireÂ founder, â€śHigh-Riseâ€ť Harry Triguboff, was also monumental.Â â€śMeriton had the challenge of designing the final puzzle piece inÂ the Brighton on Broadwater precinct in Southport. We wantedÂ to create a landmark building that optimised the sensationalÂ views, while reflecting the Gold Coast outdoor lifestyle.â€ť
When it came time to put pen to paper on the designs, MrÂ Johnson was in a New York state of mind, taking inspirationÂ from Lever House. â€śThe proportions of the building were quiteÂ an achievement, with such a large base and such a tall tower.â€ť
The development also harks back to its Sundale ShoppingÂ Centre roots, with an elegant five-level podium designed asÂ a sleek, modern interpretation of the old â€śbulky massâ€ť. TheÂ luxe pool floating atop the retail precinct is the cherry on topÂ of a truly decadent design.
â€śWe didnâ€™t want it to seem like anÂ ominous building. Despite its height we wanted it to fit intoÂ its current modern landscaping, and be a striking landmark inÂ Southport for both locals and new residents alike.â€ť
If preliminary drawings of the building and apartments areÂ anything to go by, Sundale will be striking inside and out. ItsÂ simple, sharp and modern exterior will be almost entirely glass,Â giving the 551 units, both serviced and residential, uninterruptedÂ views of the Broadwater and Gold Coast hinterland. And the bestÂ part, the ocean views will never to be built out.
Mr Johnson said designing the apartments was all aboutÂ maximising the breathtaking views. â€śTo keep a light feel to theÂ apartments, our architects ensured they all have an open-planÂ layout and our interior design team selected white and otherÂ light colours, along with timber-look tiling throughout. TheÂ overall flow of the apartments, combined with the ocean views,Â aims to bring the outdoors inside.â€ť The fixtures and fittingsÂ chosen for the luxury apartments have created living spacesÂ that feel both homely and like your favourite beach holidayÂ resort. Homely â€“ the freestanding bath that is a centrepiece ofÂ the ensuites. Beach resort â€“ entertaining from your balconyÂ with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows and glassÂ balustrades to optimise the view.
Meriton positioned Sundale in the fastest-growing area ofÂ the Gold Coast, minutes away from the beach, marina andÂ Southport CBD and only 4km north of Surfers Paradise. SoonÂ there will be even more to love about the Southport BroadwaterÂ as the parklands are revitalised in time for the CommonwealthÂ Games and a first-class swimming complex, gymnastics centreÂ and triathlon race transition centre are built. With access to theÂ light-rail at its doorstep, Sundale may well be the new centreÂ of Gold Coast living in Southport.
The Sundale retail precinct is expected to open early nextÂ year, with the apartments to be finalised by late 2016. The firstÂ 50 units released to the market in 2014 were sold out withinÂ a month. To book an inspection or enquire about apartmentÂ sales, log on to meriton.com.au.
SUNDALE LIVES ON
Sundale was originally going to be named Stellar untilÂ Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow stepped in. AtÂ her suggestion, Mr Triguboff changed the name to payÂ homage to the siteâ€™s previous development, SundaleÂ Shopping Centre, which was the first regional shoppingÂ centre on the Gold Coast opened in 1969. SundaleÂ closed in 1991.
- One, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments
- Indoor aquatic centre with heated swimming pool,Â spa and sauna
- Outdoor resort pool with sundeck and marina views
- Fully equipped gymnasium
- Lush sun-drenched gardens
- Onsite Childcare Centre and playground
- Sundale Shopping Centre onsite, including Woolworths