The Star Sydney unveils three designs for its proposed hotel tower.
Sydney’s premier entertainment destination The Star is conducting a design excellence competition for a hotel and residential tower at its existing Pyrmont property. Three architectural firms with local and international credentials are contesting the right to create the design. The Star Entertainment Group has engaged Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium to partner in the 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
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.
An important component of The Star’s design excellence competition is the opportunity for the local community to contribute at an early design stage.
The Star has held panel sessions for representatives of local community groups and the broader community. These sessions are part of a broader engagement program about the proposal.
Once the design has been decided, The Star will continue to engage with the local community on the project’s progress.
This is the first step 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.
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Current hotel offerings
The Darling, Astral Tower, Astral Residences
Design Excellence Process
The aim is to deliver an architectural masterpiece within The Star’s existing footprint. Three leading firms have submitted initial designs for the new tower. The community will be invited to comment on each of the designs as part of the competition process. The preferred architect 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
The three architectural firms contesting the right to design the new tower and their initial designs are linked below.
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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 PouletNSW 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 CarriganDirector, 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 AllchinAdjunct 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 DoolanRegional 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 HawkinsManaging 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
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
A sustainable tourism and business opportunity underpins The Star Entertainment Group’s transformational projects at The Star in Sydney and its Queensland properties in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. These developments will lead to significant growth in intra-state, interstate and international visitation, and help drive the global appeal and aspiration of each location. Research from Tourism Australia and the ABS continues to support the assertion that tourism can be Australia’s next mining boom.
Growth in inbound tourism has been driven by Asia, particularly China where the more affluent middle-class, already reaching significant scale, continues to expand. China remains the largest and fastest growing market.
So how does the integrated resort concept that The Star Entertainment Group is embedding at its Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast properties assist in leveraging this tourism opportunity? Integrated resorts are developments of critical mass, offering a diversity of offerings from hotel and residential accommodation, to resort amenities, conference and event facilities, retail, entertainment and cultural activities, other attractions, and gaming. The Star Entertainment Group’s Hong Kong-based partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium, are integral to the projects and plans for the three eastern seaboard locales where The Star has its properties, all imbued with a distinctive local spirit and flavour.
Appeal of Australia
Additional reasons for visiting Australia
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
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
Total Short Term Visitors
Growth in Total Short Term Visitors
Chinese visitor expenditure growth
Calendar year to December 2015
Strong forecast demand presents significant opportunity
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