BMD Group founder builds 33-storey Northcliffe Sentinels

The D’Arcy Arms in Surfers Paradise will be demolished to make way for a new vision of soaring towers on two neighboring sites, just steps from the beach.

Microrose Pty Ltd, BMD Group founder Mick Power, acquired the properties in 2005 and filed plans for a 33-storey tower, to be called Frederick, and a 30-storey tower, Aubrey, on a 3154 m² site at 2921 Gold Coast Highway, which would target the “missing link” of the market.

They are planned as a gateway to Power’s beloved Northcliffe, where he has been a surf club member for over 40 years, and BMD has held the club’s naming rights since 2007.

Mick and his wife Denise have numerous investments across the Gold Coast, including a record $15.5 million deal last year to buy 95 and 97 Hedges Avenue in Mermaid Beach for the founder’s new waterfront property. construction giant.

The Buchan-designed towers at Northcliffe will integrate, with distinct design features that complement each other and “create a landmark development for the southern entrance to Surfers Paradise”.

“The union of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach is overseen by the twin sibling towers ‘Aubrey’ and ‘Frederick’, guarding the entry points to the Northcliffe precinct,” the design report states.

“The ‘Guardians’ capture the Gold Coast through sight and form. The epitome of Gold Coast lifestyle, the architectural composition not only captures the history of the gateway site, it captures the style of life for which our city is best known.

▲ Two slender towers were designed to be complementary yet distinct from each other as guardians of Northcliffe.

The biophilic shrouded towers would include common outdoor spaces and a swimming pool atop the 2-story podiums.

The 33-story Frederick Tower is mixed-use with food and drink on the ground and 25 short-term accommodation apartments on five levels. Levels 10 through 32 would feature 72 residential apartments with a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts.

“The proposal consists of a strong transition from the public to the private realm and includes a number of activated and living edges to the buildings,” the planning documents said.

“The dining operations will run from early morning until late evening to complement Surfers Paradise’s entertainment identity and create a lively interface with the city’s light rail network.

“The tower design is identified by a defined podium and slender tower form punctuated by a recreation level at Level 9 through balconies at the corner of the building, vertical slat screening, projecting slab edges and curved, recesses complemented by vertical landscaping, a subtle crown tower and a soft color palette that reflects the seaside context of the site.

The second tower, Aubrey, will feature a So-Ho configuration in the 30-story residential tower.

▲ Both developments will face the Gold Coast Highway and provide activation with the Gold Coast Light Rail on their doorstep.

The development would comprise 84 apartments, with four units designed to function as townhouses with small home offices.

“The proposal represents a significant infill development and aims to increase the development intensity of existing significantly underutilized urban land which directly faces the Gold Coast light rail corridor and has excellent access to essential services, entertainment facilities and recreation,” the planning documents said.

“The tower sits above a three-story podium structure, which includes a ground floor supporting home-based business rentals, a pedestrian entrance hall, services and an information point. vehicle access from Aubrey Street.

“The top two levels of the podium contain residential parking, townhouse living space, and a large common recreation area located on the roof of the podium.”

Later, BMD Group began work on the $63.3 million Gold Coast Turf Club redevelopment project.

But the 71-year-old BMD Group founder and record buyer of Hedges Avenue property is locked in a dispute with Gold Coast City Council over his Oceanway project.

If completed, the Seaside Path would stretch from Spit in Southport to Point Danger, a 36km path passing through some of Queensland’s most expensive seafront properties.