Developers halt ZHA Australia high-rise project

The planning application for a 44-storey twin tower project, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects on Australia’s Gold Coast, has been formally withdrawn by developer Sunland.

The Mariner Cove project was to be located on Sea World Drive in a waterfront area which is mostly crown land called The Spit.

The proposal withdrawal happened after Gold Coast City Council resolved to delay a decision on the development application for up to a year, pending a masterplan for the whole area.

The twin tower development proposal was one of the last projects designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, who died suddenly in March 2016. It would have included 370 apartments, a boutique hotel with 69 suites, an art gallery, museum, outdoor sculpture gardens and an underground aquarium.

Sunland chairman Soheil Abedian said: “We feel it is important the masterplanning process is unencumbered, without any perceived time pressures from existing development applications.

“For this reason we are withdrawing our development application for The Mariner until such time that a masterplan for the precinct can be agreed upon.”