Proposed Southport high-rise set to be tallest in Southern Hemisphere

The proposed Southport development, Imperial City, would displace Surfers Paradise’s iconic 78-storey Q1 as the tallest high-rise in Australia and the southern hemisphere

Proposed Southport development, Imperial City, will displace Surfers Paradise’s iconic 78-storey Q1 as the tallest high-rise in Australia and the southern hemisphere

A PROPOSED Southport development is set to steal the crown of the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest residential high-rise.

The Bulletin reports, Azzura International Constructions has submitted preliminary approval documents with the Gold Coast City Council for a three-tower complex featuring a 104-storey super high-rise as well as two small towers of 85 and 75 levels respectively.


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Known as Imperial City, the mixed-use resort and residential project is earmarked for a 1.3ha site on the corner of Meron St and Ferry Rd.

If completed, Imperial City would be the tallest residential high-rise in Australia and the southern hemisphere, ahead of the 78-storey Q1.

Documents viewed by the Bulletin reveal the towers would have 2200 units, a 200-room hotel and 200 student accommodation rooms.

Each building would have a six level-basement while a four-level podium and ground floors would feature more than 20,000sqm of commercial space as well as education facilities.

If approved, Imperial City would tower over Southport as early as 2019.

A full development approval is expected to be filed with the council next month.

Read more at the Gold Coast Bulletin