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Old Posted May 13, 2008, 7:16 PM
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Empire to dominate CBD skyline
Shannon Molloy | May 10, 2008 - 12:13PM

Construction will begin later this year on a 65-storey residential, commercial and hotel high-rise on Elizabeth Street that is set to dominate Brisbane's skyline.

Sydney developer Metacap has unveiled finalised plans for its $500 million Empire Square project, to be built opposite the Myer Centre.

The tower will comprise 306 luxury hotel suites, 98 two and three-bedroom apartments and six penthouses.

Empire Square will also include 23,000 square metres of office space spread over 23 levels.

A recreational area will be located on level 30 of the building and feature a luxury day spa, 20m indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym.

Metacap director James Chopard said permanent residents would have access to services like gourmet chef-prepared room service, housekeeping, a concierge and valet parking.

"The demand for fully serviced apartment buildings is on the rise," Mr Chopard said.

"People are attracted to the diversity of superior facilities and services that are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week."

Metacap acquired the 2000 square metre site in April 2005 and received development approval from Brisbane City Council in 2006.

Designed by architecture firm Cottee Parker, the soaring green skyscraper will dwarf neighbouring buildings and sit across from the car park entrance to the Myer Centre.

Colliers International has been appointed as marketing agents for the development and two-bedroom apartments will be priced from $1.3 million.

The Westin hotel group will operate Empire Square's accommodation facilities.

Construction is expected to start at the end of the year and completion is scheduled for 2012.
     
     
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Westin Hotels & Resorts Expands into Queensland, Australia
The Westin Brisbane Empire Square Hotel and Residences will open in 2012, offering a prime location in the state capital of Queensland

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adding even more depth to its rapidly expanding portfolio in Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced an agreement with Metacap Empire Square Pty. Ltd. to open a new-build Westin hotel and residences in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. The Westin Brisbane Empire Square will offer 306 rooms and a sophisticated, refreshing atmosphere in a convenient downtown location. The new Westin hotel will share a 66-story tower with The Residences at The Westin Brisbane Empire Square – the first internationally branded residential development in Australia. Both the hotel and residences will open in early 2012, marking the return of the Westin brand to this dynamic Australian city.

“We are thrilled to come back to Brisbane with the signing of The Westin Brisbane Empire Square. Brisbane’s strong lodging market dynamics, thriving economy and marked increase in tourism arrivals positions the city as a key target destination for many hotel companies,” said Miguel Ko, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “We are also delighted to partner with Metacap Empire Square Pty. Ltd. to introduce the Westin brand to Brisbane, where we will offer guests the services, products and amenities that allow them to relax and rejuvenate in the heart of downtown.”

The Westin Brisbane Empire Square will offer a prime location on Elizabeth Street, close to Central Station, the Convention and Exhibition Center and Brisbane Casino. The hotel and residences will be part of a premier mixed-use development comprised of the hotel, residences and grade A commercial office space. The third largest city in Australia and most populous city of Queensland, Brisbane is a modern, cosmopolitan city offering an appealing blend of historic buildings, beautiful landscapes and waterways. Popular attractions include the Botanic Gardens, King George Square and Queen Street Mall – the entertainment hub of Brisbane.

The Westin Brisbane Empire Square will be the brand’s third hotel to open in Australia, joining the Westins in Sydney and Melbourne. Westin is also present in Auckland and Fiji and has a hotel scheduled to open in Queenstown in late 2009. Starwood had experienced phenomenal growth in Asia Pacific, where it currently has 136 hotels in its portfolio an additional 80 hotels under development.

“The Westin Brisbane Empire Square will not only re-establish the Westin brand in the vibrant city of Brisbane, but also inspire personal renewal in one of the most prominent developments in the city,” said Sue Brush, Senior Vice President, Westin Hotels & Resorts. “Westin provides a sophisticated, refreshing atmosphere and thoughtfully designed amenities and services designed to restore mind and body.”

The Westin Sensory Welcome will create a memorable first impression as guests enter the hotel with its soothing blend of white tea scent, music, botanicals and mood lighting. The hotel’s luxurious guest rooms will offer updated technology, flat-screen televisions, a well-designed work area and the signature Westin Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®. For further pampering, guests and residents will be able to choose among a menu of relaxing treatments at The Heavenly Spa by WestinTM. Additional facilities will include a WestinWORKOUT® fitness facility and indoor pool, while the hotel’s three restaurants and bars will create an inviting atmosphere to socialize with friends and colleagues. Designed to accommodate groups of all sizes, The Westin Brisbane Empire Square will also offer nearly 8,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Residences at The Westin Brisbane Empire Square will include 98 luxury apartments and six penthouses overlooking South Bank on one side, and the city and ocean on the other. The units will occupy more than 47,000 square feet of residential space from the 47th to the 62nd floor. Residents will enjoy all the benefits of ownership in this premier development, including access to hotel services and certain hotel facilities.

Metacap Empire Square Pty. Ltd. is a private property company established by Newell Palmer Securities, a Sydney base financial advisory firm and Alex Jimenez, a local Brisbane property developer. The company’s focus is on prime sites located in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

“The company’s strategy is to draw on the top local talent in each of their selected locations and seek strong brand alliances to ensure that each project is an attractive and unique asset. Empire Square is one of the first high-rise developments in Australia to combine offices, hotel and residences and will set new benchmarks,” said Jerome Chopard, Director, Newell Palmer Securities.
     
     
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Good news !
This one may change Brisbane's skyline even before Vision is completed.
     
     
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Found this on Wikipedia's entry for the building:



Wikipedia states that:

Empire Square is a high rise tower planned for Brisbane, Australia and will be situated in the city's Treasury district. The unique compact design incorporating various uses is one of a small number of mixed use buildings in Brisbane. Currently Empire Square's status is approved. The tower boasts a sophisticated, modern facade and a contemporary architectural stance. Empire Square consists of over 23.5000m² of Grade A commercial space spanning across 23 floors, plus an additional 20 levels of Hotel, 17 levels of apartments and a planned convention and exhibition hall. A recreational area located on level 30 will incorporate a luxury day spa, 20-metre indoor swimming pool, sauna and a fully equipped gymnasium.

Empire Square will provide a range of world-class services and facilities for residents and visitors, including gourmet chef-prepared room service, concierge, valet parking and housekeeping.


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306 Luxury Hotel rooms
104 Strata titled Residential units
341 Car spaces
Will become Brisbane's 3rd tallest building
5 Star Westin hotel
Designed by Cottee Parker
     
     
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do we have an exact height on this
According to Wikipedia,250 meters (or 820.21 feet)
     
     
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Empire Square will not proceed

Empire Square will not proceed
Friday, 10 October 2008

http://www.propertywire.com/news/com...810101820.html

Empire Square, Brisbane being abandoned

Sydney-based Metacap Developments this week advised investors it will not proceed with the Empire Square project in Brisbane because of the worsening turmoil in the financial markets.

"While we were fortunate enough to obtain an indicative offer of finance, the terms and conditions offered imposed constraints on the project that could not be accommodated and under the proposed construction and operating arrangements.

Metacap Developments director Jerome Chopard said the uncertainties and constraints in financial markets had impacted on the ability and willingness of banks to lend funds, especially for major construction projects such as Empire Square.

"It is with regret, Metacap has been forced to a position where it must elect not to proceed with the Empire Square project," he said. Metacap had considered deferring the project to a later date, but decided this to be a less desirable outcome as it simply defers the uncertainty and doesn't give buyers the opportunity to make alternative choices.

Jerome Chopard stated that Metacap was considering its options which included the re-design of the tower.

Colliers International's Ben Langfield said: "It's extremely disappointing however considering the state of the financial market and the likely hood of the project not proceeding terminating purchaser contracts and releasing the 10% deposits is the right thing to do."

"All purchasers are realists. They are disappointed however they understand what's happening in the financial market and respect the fact that the developer has been open, honest and has made this decision with their best interests in mind," said Mr Langfield.
     
     
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