Gurner appoints ICON to build first tower in $1.25 billion Surfers Paradise mega apartment development, La Pelago

The build price is estimated to be over $350 million, and will take just over three years to complete

GurnerTM, the luxury apartment developer, has appointed the national construction firm ICON Construction to build the first 68-level tower at its massive Gold Coast project La Pelago

The build price is estimated to be over $350 million, and will take just over three years to complete.

It’s the first of four towers on the sprawling Ferny Avenue site, and will be the tallest at 68 levels, the fourth tallest tower on the Gold Coast. It will home over 350 apartments, a 200-room hotel, a health and wellness precinct, a private resort and club, and a level 42 sky bar, as well as premium retail and hospitality space.

There will be 90 residences across the penthouse collection, ranging from levels 43 to 68.

Formal launch of apartments at La Pelago is expected in Q1 2022.


Architecturally designed by Warren and Mahoney, ‘La Pelago’ centralises on a “private island” theme, whereby each building is surrounded by over 9,000sqm of amenity, lush tropical landscaping and pool-side water retreats.

“We are very excited to have appointed ICON to lead the construction on such a major project for us and the Gold Coast, where we will be really pushing the boundaries of what is possible in luxury property,” Gurner boss Tim Gurner says.

“We have now delivered eight projects with ICON, so we have tremendous confidence in the team’s ability to deliver a project of this scale and complexity.

“This project is very important to our business, and we are looking forward to working closely with ICON to deliver a new level of amenity and luxury for Australia.”

Two-bedroom apartments are the most popular across the residential buildings, accounting for more than half of the apartments in each tower.

Tower four is the second biggest, and will home 248 apartments, with between four to 16 per floor across its 34 levels.

Tower one will have 150 apartments across 30 levels and tower two the most boutique, with between two and four apartments per floor across its 25 levels, totalling 95 apartments.

All up the proposal will see over 1088 apartments and hotel rooms built.

“La Pelago will allow us to draw on our unique experience in the retail, signature amenity and urban regeneration space, and apply it on a grand scale,” Gurner said.

“When designing the project it was really about me dreaming about where we all want to be right now and for me that is a hot and sunny luxury private island. Something that offers sun, pools, amazing service, luxury amenities and residences – something right now you cannot get in Australia.”

Warren and Mahoney design principal, Barrington Gohns, said La Pelago’s design will provide much more immersive experiences than previous projects, with stunning attention to detail across the four towers.

“The design very much respects the crisp, natural island experience utilising integrated landscape and pools, lots of white, timber and glass in its form, with bespoke elements in each ‘island’,” Gohns said.

“The foundation of La Pelago is steeped in context and identity, acknowledging the tension between river and coastline, and the design only takes what it can give back. A strong focus on health wellness resonates throughout, along with a carbon neutral manifesto we continue to drive with GURNERTM.”


Mixed use development consisting of:

  • 4 x multi-storey Residential towers
  • Three level podium
  • Ground floor indoor/ outdoor communal recreation and amenities
  • Food and Beverage
  • Residential lobbies with on-site porte cochere drop offs
  • Service areas/ Back of house
  • 1,000 car parks across two basement levels and two above grade levels
  • 200 hotel rooms
  • Over 5,500sqm of retail, commercial, conferencing amenity, a day spa and business club
  • A world-class retail precinct anchoring the ground plane
  • 2,000sqm private health and wellness Club
  • Over 12,000sqm of resident and hotel amenity across the four towers


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