Saunders Havill Group are extremely pleased to have delivered an approval for our client of the Deluxe Burleigh Mixed-Use Building in Burleigh Heads, Queensland. The development has retained the locally heritage listed façade of the historic Deluxe Theatre (also referred to the as Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade) and integrated retail and food offerings at the ground level, in a pedestrianised environment including 30 luxury apartments within a 14 storey building. The site is located directly across from Burleigh Heads Beach and commands a rare northern aspect with sweeping unimpeded views of the beach, hinterland and Surfers Paradise in the distance.
This is an outstanding result for our client in securing a 50% uplift in building height above the code requirements and delivering a truly unique building for the southern Gold Coast. Project architects, Conrad Gargett, provided design and heritage experience to tell the history of the historic Deluxe Theatre. Ably assisted by Saunders Havill Group’s landscape architects, the project team is excited to deliver on this great work in securing the development approval.
Deluxe Theatre History
The Deluxe Theatre was built in 1930 by William Fradgley, providing not only a picture theatre but a floor for dances and other social events, including for service men and women during World War II. The theatre sustained significant damage from a cyclone in 1954 and and was reconstructed in 1955. The theatre remained in operation until 1966 where it stood vacant until the mid-1970s. The two ‘bookends’ are all that remain of the 1955’s building having undertook a major redevelopment in 1976 where the middle of the building was replaced with the current retail arcade. To this day the building has operated as a commercial arcade with shops, restaurants, cafes, offices and place of education. Small apartments have remained within the rear of the building with their original 1950’s fixtures.
Retention of History
The proposed redevelopment retains and improves the 1950’s front façade by reinstating original materials and fixtures, including the original awning design and theatre sign. A central arcade is included to continue to allow the public into the building and this area will feature historic imagery and displays of the building and its 1950’s elements.
The Deluxe Apartments will be a landmark building located on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Goodwin Terrace. The future Burleigh Heads light rail station will be located immediately adjacent the building and the ground plane has been designed to merge seamlessly with this infrastructure by providing active land uses and landscape integration.
Construction is due to start in 2022 and we look forward to the vision being realised. Should you wish to discuss your next project please do not hesitate to contact Nick Christofis, Principal Planner, or Andrew McLean, Senior Planner.