View a sample of high-profile projects the UPS team has worked on across a range of sectors throughout the Gold Coast region.

Gold Coast Light Rail Study and Business Case

Client: City of Gold Coast
Location: Broadbeach to Coolangatta
Sector: Strategic planning
Director: Michael Nash

UPS was appointed to conduct a strategic planning review of the light rail corridor south from Broadbeach to Coolangatta to assist with the preparation of the State Government’s Business Case and associated future planning.

A collaborative approach with Council resulted in a change to the original project scope to ensure an initial focus on the viability of future development opportunities along light rail extension route options. This included recommendations for changes to planning levers, such as building height, residential density and site cover setbacks, and building form matters such as podiums and above-ground car parking to improve viability and support the business case.

This was achieved by building a detailed model that calculated project viability based on a range of factors impacting internal rate of return for properties within the light rail corridor options,  and recommending changes to City Plan parameters. This approach reflects UPS’s continual focus on economic and financial considerations, which are important aspects of strategic planning that are often overlooked.

Hilton Hotel and Residences

Client: Raptis Group
Location: Surfers Paradise
Sector: High-rise residential
Director: Michael Falk

Many of Raptis Group’s early landmarks that stud the Gold Coast skyline involved a collaboration with UPS town planning services. This project involved transformation of a brownfield site located in the heart of the city into a world-class residential and retail destination.

The $700m development was undertaken in multiple stages with 2 distinctive towers (32 and 57 storeys) comprising 410 residential apartments and a 169-room hotel.

The towers sit above a 4,500sqm retail precinct that unfolds over 2 levels and a pedestrian plaza at street level that provides connectivity between river and sea – an important planning objective. The project was completed in 2011 working directly for ANZ bank and Multiplex, with whom UPS has strong working relationships.


Client: Ridong
Location: Surfers Paradise
Sector: High-rise residential
Director: Jason McGrath

This visually striking, 3-tower, mixed-use infill development designed by both USA-based Oppenheim Architecture + Design and local DBI Design is now owned by AW Jewel and will see the city’s first Langham 5-star hotel comprising 169 suites and 170 serviced apartments.

After receiving approval from the City of Gold Coast, the Queensland State Government recognised the development’s economic value and used their ‘call in’ powers to ensure delivery of the approval. Jewel offers multiple podium levels of 5-star hotel facilities, including a range of restaurants and bars, 700m² ballroom, day spa, multifunction rooms, rooftop club lounge, gymnasium, and a wide range of recreational facilities and swimming pools.

Miles Residences

Client: Mr and Mrs Flannery
Location: Kirra
Sector: High-rise residential
Director: Jason McGrath

UPS worked for the developers of the award-winning Elements of Byron to gain approval for 4 high-rise towers for mixed-use development at the site of the former Kirra Beach Hotel.

Construction has commenced and will deliver a modern beachside development comprising a 5-star hotel, serviced apartments, residential apartments and a new Kirra Beach Pub. With a ground level addressing 3 street frontages, the development is permeated by laneways and includes a new bustling restaurant and high-end retail precinct.


Client: Meriton
Location: Surfers Paradise
Sector: High-rise residential
Director: Michael Falk

UPS has worked with ‘High-Rise Harry’ (Harry Oskar Triguboff AO, the Founder and Managing Director of Meriton) for over 16 years, delivering many landmark buildings and master plan developments across the Gold Coast. Ocean is an iconic $450m tower rising 76 levels and once completed will be one of the tallest residential buildings in Queensland.

The development comprises ground-level retail, a 5-level podium with recreational facilities, and 719 units comprising both serviced apartments and permanent residential apartments.

Leveraging nearby light rail infrastructure, Ocean was an ambitious development approval that will inject significant economic activity into Surfers Paradise and make a striking addition to the skyline.

UPS supports Meriton with holistic planning services from concept to completion, covering preliminary due diligence, development approvals, construction permits and plan sealing to allow staged occupation.


Client: Niecon Developments
Location: Broadbeach
Sector: High-rise residential
Director: Jason McGrath

UPS has worked for Niecon for over 15 years, seeing numerous landmark residential high-rise towers delivered across the Gold Coast, from Aqua in the north to Nirvana and Reflections (Tower Numbers 1 & 2) in the south of the city.

Niecon’s most ambitious development, Oracle in Broadbeach, is well recognised for being a model mixed-use infill development, with its private road and laneways creating a bustling restaurant and high-end retail ground level, podium of offices and residential facilities, and 2 high-rise towers, one of which includes Peppers Broadbeach.

SkyRidge (formerly Pacific View Estate)

Client: The Perron Group
Location: Worongary
Sector: Residential land Master Planning and Subdivision
Director: Michael Nash

SkyRidge is the largest remaining master planned residential community on the Gold Coast, centrally located in Worongary, just south of Nerang. From 2007, the UPS team assisted our client to firstly ensure State Government designation of the site as a Major Development Area under the South East Queensland Regional Plan, and then Ministerial Approval of a site and project-specific master plan and supporting codes.

This approval over the 342-hectare site provides for up to 3,500 dwellings ranging from apartments in the Village Centre through to large residential allotments, arranged around the central environmental corridor with carefully located and designed parks and open spaces. The Village Centre includes allowance for a retail precinct, including a supermarket, up to 15,000m2 of gross floor area.

UPS has since worked with Gold Coast City Council to secure subdivision and construction approvals for Stages 1–6 of the development, including the extensive display village and sales office. Given the shortage of land in the city, the challenge remains for UPS and the SkyRidge team to continually deliver approvals in tight timeframes to keep pace with the burgeoning demand for residential land and homes.

Southport Central

Client: Raptis Group
Location: Southport
Sector: High-rise residential
Director: Michael Falk

Southport Central is a master plan redevelopment of a former school site covering 1.8 hectares in the Southport CBD.

The development was undertaken pursuant to a Preliminary Approval and undertaken in multiple stages comprising 3 x 40 storey high-rise towers with circa 800 residential units, a commercial precinct with 30,000sqm of office floor space, and an integrated shopping precinct with 5,000sqm of retail gross floor area.

The overall development was completed in 2009 after nearly 10 years of continuous construction. It is to date one the largest private sector investments on the Gold Coast (circa $1b), breathing new life and vitality into the CBD. UPS worked hand in glove with the developer, together with an integrated team of designers, services engineers and the builder, to deliver this project.

The Boat Works North

Client: The Longhurst Family
Location: Coomera
Sector: Industrial development
Director: Michael Nash

The Boat Works is the preeminent superyacht facility in the Southern Hemisphere, located at Coomera in the Gold Coast Marine Precinct. As the lead consultant, UPS managed a multidisciplinary project team that secured a range of development approvals to establish the facility within significant time constraints.

The project required approvals to allow for the creation of marinas along the site’s entire 200m Coomera River frontage, including a 30m excavation of the riverbank to balance flood impacts, and the creation of state-of-the-art superyacht maintenance buildings of a scale that caters for all but the largest superyachts plying international waters.

The centrepiece of the development is the superyacht slipway and VIP arrival lounge, which allows superyacht owners and crew to disembark their craft via a skybridge (similar to those at airports) using a 350 tonne shiplift. This unique development required a specific, tailored approach to resolve a range of environmental and development issues with both State Government agencies and City of Gold Coast to secure the necessary approvals.


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