Byron Bay $120m resort construction wraps up
After seven years, development at Elements of Byron beachfront resort in Byron Bay is coming to an end. 99 new villas have opened in the past two weeks and with most of these sized between 98 and 111m2, they are catering for families. And at the end of October construction will wrap up on a new adult only pool with swim up bar, timber childrens’ adventure playground and half a dozen leisure areas.
Development Director Jeremy Holmes and his team (who recently won the Urban Development Institute of Australia Award for Excellence for development across regional New South Wales and Canberra for Elements of Byron, beating every development outside Sydney) took the construction of the resort’s second stage in-house. “By building ourselves and not outsourcing to a builder we have been able to have greater control over noise and other impacts on both resort guests and neighbours” said Holmes. “And at the end of the day we are fully responsible for quality”.
Yet the projects’ completion is not good news for all. The two-stage resort development program has provided substantial ongoing business to the local construction industry. Of the $120M overall resort cost, the direct onsite construction spend is $95 million, with $30 million of this on Stage Two*. 180 businesses, the vast majority of these from the local Northern Rivers region (Byron, Ballina, Lismore and Tweed), have been contracted to the project. Of these, 83 businesses were directly employed on-site with the remaining firms providing construction related services from building materials, plants and signage to engineering, lighting and technology.
“I think it’s great that there’s heaps of locals on the job” said Blake Donovan from Byron Bay Locksmiths, who has worked on the project since 2015. “I know a lot of the builders and labourers faces from around town. And for them to have a job is everything. It’s been a great project to work on. It’s supporting a lot of local families around the place”.
JH Williams Group Byron Bay has been supplying Elements of Byron since 2014. “To undertake the project given the size of it was a pretty big deal for JH Williams” said Manager Anne Ryder. “And because the boys at North Byron Beach Resort had a very good plan of how they were doing it that was a big help to us as well – we had a lot of forward vision. To do something in that size was good learning. It was great for JH Williams because it kept a lot of locals employed. Kept the boys going”.
While construction workers are steadily departing, the opening and operation of Elements of Byron Stage Two has created forty new hospitality jobs.
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude to my North Byron Beach Resort team for their work on Elements of Byron” said Jeremy Holmes. “We’re all pretty proud of the resort and we’ve made a lot of friends along the way.”
Across the fifty acre Elements of Byron site the final building footprint is only 3.8 percent, or less than 10 percent of the developable area. “Nature is and remains the star” said Holmes.