Aquis “largest building in the world”?..er, no

Feelings are running hot in Cairns regarding the proposed Aquis Resort. The anti-Aquis community group Aquis Aware Coalition of Concerned Citizens has publicly released their submission on the Environmental Impact Statement; and they’re obviously not fans.

However, while criticising (with some justification) the EIS for its accuracy and content, the group’s spokesman is quoted in today’s Cairns Post as saying that Aquis is “basically the largest building in the world”. Is that accurate? Er, no…not even close. Even if you were to add all the floor areas of all the separate buildings planned it still comes in at about 1 million sq metres. The vast bulk of that comes from the 625,000 sqm of floor space in the eight separate towers housing the hotel rooms. Perhaps some accuracy from both sides might be in order?

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