A $2 BILLION hotel that will soar 323m into the sky has been approved by the State Government.
Queensbridge Hotel Tower will be 26m taller than Eureka Tower and become Australia’s tallest building, featuring 388 hotel rooms and 708 apartments.
Announcing the green light for the Crown Casino project this morning, Premier Daniel Andrews revealed that Crown Resorts and partner Schiavello Group will pour $100 million into improvements for nearby Queensbridge Square and Sandridge Rail Bridge.
Mr Andrews said the disused* rail bridge, which currently has a tribute to immigrants, could have features like New York’s famous Highline linear park that runs along former rail tracks.
“Whether it’s the complete upgrade of Queensbridge Square or the Sandridge Rail Bridge being completely re-imagined … there is enormous public benefit,” he said.
Crown estimates the project will create 3000 direct and indirect* jobs during construction and an extra 1000 operational* jobs after completion.
An air bridge across Queensbridge St will give visitors access to the main casino complex.
Mr Andrews said the tower would transform* Melbourne’s skyline and build on the city’s reputation as a tourism leader.
“This is a powerful vote of confidence in our city, in our state,” he said.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the 90-storey tower had been approved after Crown and Schiavello agreed to improvements to the design of the building at street level.
“It’s a jobs and economic windfall* for the state, and the community benefits package will be great news for this iconic* part of Melbourne,” he said.
It is understood it will take up to six years to complete.
At 323m, Queensbridge Tower will be 23m higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, though nothing like the extraordinary height of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Burj Khalifa is 829.8m tall, has 211 floors and the highest occupied floor is 584.5m high.
disused: not used any more
indirect: not directly related to
operational: related to running the building once it is built
transform: change beyond recognition
windfall: an unexpected, large amount of money
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Activity 1. Comprehension
Read or listen to the article carefully before answering these questions.
1. What is this article about? Write a one or two sentence summary of the article.
2. What does “green light” mean in the context of this article?
3. There are a number of benefits of building the Queensbridge Hotel Tower listed in the article. List three of them
4. Lots of jobs will be created during construction and after completion of this tower. What jobs will be created by allowing this tower to be built?
Draw a chart with two columns. Label them ‘During construction’ and ‘After completion’. List as many jobs as you can think of that will be created by this project. Think about what trades will be needed to build this tower. How will it impact businesses close by? What jobs will be created when finished? What is needed to look after the building?
Extension: Pretend you are a real estate agent wanting to sell an apartment on the top floor of the building. Write a paragraph to go on the advertising board. You can decide on the features of this apartment (number of bedrooms, bathrooms etc) Think about the positives of living in Melbourne’s tallest and newest tower. Try and use words that create interest. When you have finished, count how many adjectives (describing words) you used. Can you improve them or include more?
Time: allow about 30 minutes to complete this task
Curriculum links: English
Activity 2. Build it up!
Use information from the article to solve these problems. Solve them yourself, showing how you worked them out and then use a calculator to check your answers.
1. How tall will the Queensbridge Hotel Tower? How many storeys is it?
2. If the stairs between each storey had 30 steps each, how many steps would there be in the building?
3. The article tells us how many hotel rooms and apartments will be included in the tower.
a. If each apartment could hold three people, how many people could live in the apartments?
b. If each hotel room could hold two people, how many people could the hotel hold altogether?
c. If the hotel rooms cost $100 a night. How much money would be made per night when it is full?
4. How high is the Eureka Tower?
5. How high is the Eiffel Tower?
6. The world’s tallest building is 829.8m. How much taller is this building than:
a. The proposed Queensbridge Hotel tower?
b. The Eureka Tower?
c. The Eiffel Tower?
Extension: In pairs or a group of three, use 100 craft sticks (or another suitable material) and some glue to build your own freestanding tower. You should try and make your tower as tall and sturdy as possible. Draw a plan of your design before you start building. When designing, think about what might make your tower sturdy. Can you give your tower any interesting features?
Extra resources: Calculators, craft sticks, PVA glue
Time: allow at least 60 minutes to complete this task
Curriculum links: English, Mathematics, Design and Technology
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)
Activity: What can you see?
Imagine that you are standing at the top of a tower. You are gazing out towards the horizon in search of something spectacular! What is it that you are looking for? What can you see?
Create a list of all the different things you might see and describe them. If you have access to a computer, laptop or iPad, you might like to search for other towers around the world. Can you discover anything from these other places that help you create your list of words?
Extension: Challenge yourself to up-level all the describing words you’ve created.
Time: allow at least 20 minutes to complete the task
Curriculum Links: English, Big Write, VCOP
Activity provided by Andrell Education www.andrelleducation.com.au
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