The Star Sydney unveils winning design for proposed hotel tower.

Sydney’s premier entertainment destination The Star is proud to announce FJMT as the winning architect in a design excellence competition for a proposed hotel and residential tower at its existing Pyrmont property. Three firms with local and international credentials contested the right to create the design, through a process which included community consultation.  A Design Review Panel provided a recommendation on the submissions and FJMT will now work with The Star on a final design to submit to the Department of Planning and Environment next year. The Star Entertainment Group has engaged Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium to partner in the tower development, pending all necessary approvals for the project. The world-renowned The Ritz-Carlton is set to operate the hotel upon its completion.

The Star Sydney Fast Facts:

  • 11 million guests per annum (local, domestic and international)
  • 3 high-end hotels operating at more than 90% occupancy
  • Restaurants serving approx. 10,000 covers every Saturday night
  • Celebrating close to 5,000 employees
  • 4000-capacity Event Centre features international acts
  • 2000-seat Sydney Lyric Theatre plays host to world’s most‑loved shows including Matilda

Our Community

Our Vision

The Star has been a Sydney landmark for more than 20 years. But, more recently, our priority has been to support and celebrate all that’s great about Australia’s global city. Whether it’s Sydney’s vibrant events calendar, sporting teams, community celebrations or our entertainment, tourism and hospitality offerings: if it matters to Sydney, it matters to The Star.

The Star is the presenting partner of The Sydney Festival, a major sponsor of the NSW Blues, the Sydney Swans, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras and the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. We invest to participate in Vivid Sydney, all the football finals and Sydney’s world famous New Year’s Eve, and support Taronga Zoo, Barnardos Australia and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. The Star also supports local and community events in and around Pyrmont.

Back in September 2014 The Star hosted a “Western Harbour Super Precinct” forum, with the Committee for Sydney, Tourism and Transport Forum and the Sydney Business Chamber. That was the beginning of a conversation to ensure the rapidly evolving Pyrmont-Darling Harbour-Barangaroo precinct offers the best possible Sydney experience for residents and visitors. The Star is passionate about its role in the exciting story of this Precinct, and in Sydney’s future story as a whole. Our most recent development plans are set in that context as The Star aspires to be an authentic, quality, and valuable asset for contemporary Sydney.

Community Engagement

An important component of The Star’s design excellence competition has been the opportunity for the local community to contribute at an early design stage.

The Star held panel sessions for representatives of local community groups and the broader community. These sessions were part of a broader engagement program about the proposal.

Now the design has been decided, The Star will continue to engage with the local community on the project’s progress.

These are the first steps in a long process.  The Department of Planning and Environment will invite public submissions on the final design proposal when it is submitted for consideration and approval by the Department under the usual planning processes.

If you would like to know more please:
Email us: development@star.com.au
Phone us: 1800 798 646 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (AEST)

Current hotel offerings

The Darling, Astral Tower, Astral Residences

Design Excellence

Design Excellence Process

The aim is to deliver an architectural masterpiece within The Star’s existing footprint. Three leading firms submitted initial designs for the new tower. The community was invited to comment on each of the designs as part of the competition process. The preferred architect FJMT will also be asked to factor in community views before returning with a final design.

The location and scale of the proposed development has been developed in response to existing site constraints, the requirement to limit environmental impacts and a commercial brief to deliver a hotel as part of an integrated resort to an International Standard.  Through the consideration of design alternatives, the key outcome from the process is to achieve the best design solution for the proposal.  

We want to be transparent, we want to be inclusive, and we want to listen to the views of the community. It is a significant element of this process.
The Star Entertainment Group
Managing Director & CEO, Matt Bekier
Indicative location of proposed The Ritz-Carlton hotel site: Image for concept purposes only.
Indicative location of proposed The Ritz-Carlton hotel site: Image for concept purposes only.

The Architect

The winning architectural firm and its design for the new hotel and residential tower is linked below. Click on the FJMT logo to view details.

Design Excellence Review Panel

Design excellence is a key principle guiding the development of the project, with the aims to achieve the highest standard of build; encourage innovation and best practice approaches; encourage a high quality build that contributes positively to the overall architectural quality of the city; provide buildings appropriate to their context; and achieve environmentally sustainable outcomes. A competitive design process has been convened, including community stakeholders in the design process, ensuring an inclusive approach to design, with a preferred scheme to be decided by a Design Review Panel.

Peter Poulet
NSW Government Architect & Executive Director, Office of State Architect
Peter Poulet was appointed as NSW Government Architect & Executive Director in January 2012.Prior to his current appointment, Peter was the inaugural State Architect of Tasmania and has held various role in both government and private practice in Australia and Japan.
Lisa-Maree Carrigan
Director, Group GSA
Lisa-Maree Carrigan is a registered architect and has won numerous awards for design and master planning in over 12 countries. As director at Group GSA, Lisa-Maree heads up the tourism, hospitality and residential sectors of the company.
Craig Allchin
Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Director Six Degrees Urban Pty Ltd
Craig Allchin is an architect and urban designer, working on masterplan and fine grain aspects of large projects across Australia. He has previously worked with the NSW Department of Planning as well as in private practice in China and the Middle East. He was recently living in the USA, where he was visiting Lecturer in Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. 
James Doolan
Regional Vice-President Hotel Development – Asia Pacific, Marriott International
James Doolan is based in Hong Kong and principal contact for Bulgari, Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, Marriott Executive Apartments, AC by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Moxy brands in Thailand, New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. 
Greg Hawkins
Managing Director, The Star Sydney
Greg Hawkins has more than 22 years’ experience in Australian, Asian and New Zealand gaming markets. Having managed both a premium VIP hotel and casino and a large-scale integrated resort in Macau, Greg provides valuable insight and experience in the Asian VIP and premium mass market sectors.


Joint venture partners

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Chow Tai Fook

Far East Consortium

The Ritz-Carlton


Synonymous with luxury, elegance and refinement, The Ritz-Carlton inspires life’s most meaningful journeys in the most desirable destinations on earth. Employing 40,000 people and with 91 hotels in 30 countries and territories around the world, The Ritz-Carlton offers standards of service that create benchmarks in the hotel and hospitality industry. The Star Entertainment Group plans to work with The Ritz-Carlton in branding the proposed hotel tower in Sydney. The Ritz-Carlton is also set to feature at The Star Entertainment Group’s Queen’s Wharf project in Brisbane. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is an independently operated division of Marriott International.

The Tourism Story

Appeal of Australia

Additional reasons for visiting Australia

  • Business

    Australia ranks as second most favoured country for accumulated Chinese investment (after US)

    US$79 billion Chinese direct investment in Australia (2005-15)

  • Family and friends

    Chinese rank as second largest source market for visiting family and friends in Australia (after UK)

    Over $1 billion spend by Chinese tourists visiting family and friends

    Around 50% growth rate of spend per annum

  • Education

    Chinese rank as largest source market for international students in Australia

    Around 170,000 Chinese international students in Australia

Source: KPMG, Tourism Australia, Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Trends in International Tourism – April 2016 Data

Recent data shows continuing growth

Calendar year to December 2015

Forecast Demand

Strong forecast demand presents significant opportunity


Media Enquiries

Investor Relations Enquiries

Harry Theodore
Head of Strategy, Investor Relations and Treasury,
The Star Entertainment Group
T: +61 2 9657 8040

General Enquiries

Email: development@star.com.au
T: 1800 798 646 (Weekdays 9am – 5pm AEST)


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