Meriton’s Sundale On The Broadwater
The sky is the limit for Meriton’s Sundale and the soaring 55-level landmark will certainly make the most of the space.
When Meriton chief architect Alan Johnson says “it’s huge”, he means it. Sundale will be Southport’s largest residential tower, with huge views, a huge list of resort-style luxuries and huge appeal for buyers looking to invest in one of the Gold Coast’s biggest boom suburbs. The $400 million price-tag on the Meriton designed development isn’t tiny either.
Add an on-site retail complex including Woolworths, cafes, restaurants and a beauty salon, on-site child care, an outdoor podium pool, sundeck, lush garden areas and a fully equipped gym and you start to wonder if huge doesn’t quite cover it.
Mr Johnson said the task set by Meriton’s billionaire founder, “High-Rise” Harry Triguboff, was also monumental. “Meriton had the challenge of designing the final puzzle piece in the Brighton on Broadwater precinct in Southport. We wanted to create a landmark building that optimised the sensational views, while reflecting the Gold Coast outdoor lifestyle.”
When it came time to put pen to paper on the designs, Mr Johnson was in a New York state of mind, taking inspiration from Lever House. “The proportions of the building were quite an achievement, with such a large base and such a tall tower.”
The development also harks back to its Sundale Shopping Centre roots, with an elegant five-level podium designed as a sleek, modern interpretation of the old “bulky mass”. The luxe pool floating atop the retail precinct is the cherry on top of a truly decadent design.
“We didn’t want it to seem like an ominous building. Despite its height we wanted it to fit into its current modern landscaping, and be a striking landmark in Southport for both locals and new residents alike.”
If preliminary drawings of the building and apartments are anything to go by, Sundale will be striking inside and out. Its simple, sharp and modern exterior will be almost entirely glass, giving the 551 units, both serviced and residential, uninterrupted views of the Broadwater and Gold Coast hinterland. And the best part, the ocean views will never to be built out.
Mr Johnson said designing the apartments was all about maximising the breathtaking views. “To keep a light feel to the apartments, our architects ensured they all have an open-plan layout and our interior design team selected white and other light colours, along with timber-look tiling throughout. The overall flow of the apartments, combined with the ocean views, aims to bring the outdoors inside.” The fixtures and fittings chosen for the luxury apartments have created living spaces that feel both homely and like your favourite beach holiday resort. Homely – the freestanding bath that is a centrepiece of the ensuites. Beach resort – entertaining from your balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows and glass balustrades to optimise the view.
Meriton positioned Sundale in the fastest-growing area of the Gold Coast, minutes away from the beach, marina and Southport CBD and only 4km north of Surfers Paradise. Soon there will be even more to love about the Southport Broadwater as the parklands are revitalised in time for the Commonwealth Games and a first-class swimming complex, gymnastics centre and triathlon race transition centre are built. With access to the light-rail at its doorstep, Sundale may well be the new centre of Gold Coast living in Southport.
The Sundale retail precinct is expected to open early next year, with the apartments to be finalised by late 2016. The first 50 units released to the market in 2014 were sold out within a month. To book an inspection or enquire about apartment sales, log on to meriton.com.au.
SUNDALE LIVES ON
Sundale was originally going to be named Stellar until Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow stepped in. At her suggestion, Mr Triguboff changed the name to pay homage to the site’s previous development, Sundale Shopping Centre, which was the first regional shopping centre on the Gold Coast opened in 1969. Sundale closed in 1991.
- One, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments
- Indoor aquatic centre with heated swimming pool, 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