This Gold Coast mega mansion is unlike any other


first_imgEven from the street it’s amazing! Cocktails by the pool, anyone? The perfect spot to curl up with a book.He brought his idea to life with the help of an architect and good friend Marshall Keen, who is known as “The Bondi Builder” on Channel 9’s Buying Blind series.“It took a bit over a year to build. The design didn’t take too long,” Mr Ridley said.He has been living in the Amalfi Drive property with his wife, Nicolette, and their two daughters since 2011.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoAn older brick home stood on the property when they bought it in 2004 but the family quickly outgrew it. The daring black kitchen is a standout feature of the home. Enjoy dinner with a view.“We probably went a bit overboard with all the finishes and stuff like that,” Mr Ridley joked.“But it’s a great house – it’s an easy house to live in.”He said it would be sad to say goodbye to the home but he planned to travel with his family.“I know I can build another one like this again if I want,” Mr Ridley said.Nick McHutchinson and Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents are marketing the property. It’s both an indoor and outdoor wetbar. The city lights will be the first and last thing you see every day. You won’t need to waste money on going to the cinema. There’s plenty of space to study.The mansion that towers over the waterfront block today has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a huge basement with media room, gym and space for eight cars, as well as a study, library and children’s retreat.The only piece of the old house that’s left is the street address sign at the property’s front gate.“It still looked pretty cool,” Mr Ridley said.The American walnut matt-black finished kitchen, infinity edge pool overlooking the water and Surfers Paradise skyline, wetbar and eight-person lift are among its standout features. Admire the city lights from the comfort of your home. Dream home!THE Gold Coast is renowned for its mega mansions but this one is in a league of its own.Concrete, glass and wood have been expertly blended to create a luxurious riverfront residence on the Isle of Capri.It is on offer to anyone with at least $5.4 million.Owner Paul Ridley, who is a concreter by trade, drew inspiration from various houses and buildings, including those of Japanese architect Tadao Ando, to design the multi-level home.last_img read more

Petrobras extends contract for BW FPSO, but unit stays in lay-up


first_imgBrazilian oil company Petrobras has exercised a one-year extension of the contract for the BW Offshore-owned FPSO Cidade de São Mateus. BW Offshore said on Tuesday it will continue its dialogue with the client towards finalizing a firm plan for the FPSO while the unit remains in lay-up.To remind, the FPSO Cidade de São Mateus was in February 2015 involved in a gas explosion with fatal consequences while operating offshore Brazil.At the time of the accident, the unit was operated for Petrobras by BW Offshore on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral approximately 120 km from the coast in south-eastern Brazil. Nine of the 74 persons on-board lost their lives in the accident.Following the fatal incident, it took over a year to tow the damanged FPSO from the field to shore and it has been in lay-up ever since.BW signed an agreement with its insurers, with effective date December 22, 2016, for an early repair cost settlement of $250 million during January 2017. The amount was received in 2017.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more