Construction has started on the first stage of a $125 million dual tower community centred around the city’s iconic SkyNeedle.He said SkyNeedle Apartments were positioned at the heart of South Brisbane, with connectivity to the Brisbane CBD and Southbank.A cafe during stage two will be incorporated at the base of the SkyNeedle, becoming a standout feature enhanced by water features.An exclusive residents’ recreational space will include a resort-style pool, barbecue pavilions and seating areas. Mr Pradella said next year marked the 30-year milestone since SkyNeedle made its debut at Expo 88 and expected the first tower to be completed by late 2018. Developer Pradella has started construction on the first stage of a $125 million dual tower community centred around the city’s iconic SkyNeedle.Brisbane hairdresser Stefan Ackerie bought the structure in the 80s, later selling it to developer Pradella Group in 2015.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Pradella director Kim Pradella and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk launched the start of construction on the ‘legacy landmark’, with more than 70 per cent of apartments in the first tower selling for a total of $38 million.Mr Pradella said the first tower included one and two-bedroom units, however a few buyers had opted to amalgamate apartments to create a larger property with a customised floorplan. He said the apartments were designed to be as iconic as their namesake and was Brisbane’s next step in its emergence as a ‘new world city’.“These residences will really be next level in terms of their accessibility and amenity,” Mr Pradella said.“The SkyNeedle makes this community immediately identifiable not only for locals but also visitors. “It is the wow factor that sets this development apart from all others across the city.” Kim Pradella and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at the SkyNeedle construction site.A BRISBANE icon known for once lighting up the city skyline will get a facelift as part of a new development that has just kicked off.Incorporating the refurbished SkyNeedle as part of South Brisbane’s $125 million dual tower SkyNeedle Aparment project, the first tower will comprise 110 of the total 237 apartments.SkyNeedle, an 88 metre pillar, was a key feature of Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988, and remains a prominent marker on the city skyline.