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The 6 major building projects set to change Port Moresby

Loloata Island - image by ThomsonAdsettFRASER HAWKINS | Peopleconnexion Recruitment

THIS year’s business forecasts in Papua New Guinea are looking more modest than previously, but there’s no doubting that better things are on the horizon for Port Moresby in 2017.

The city’s skyline is set to change over the next 18 months with the addition of new commercial, residential, hotel and retail buildings planned across the region.

With a range of projects in various stages of development, it’s a race against time to complete them before the 2018 APEC Summit.

Even with project management, design and investment expertise from around the globe, the clock is ticking on the completion of Port Moresby’s newest buildings.

Here’s our visual guide to the city’s latest projects.

OPH TowerStar Mountain Plaza

It seems fitting to start with talking about Star Mountain Plaza which is set to provide hotel, office and residential spaces ahead of the APEC Summit.

Star Mountain Plaza is PNG’s first integrated commercial development - a K1.5b project due for completion in August next year under the project management of Stratum.

OPH Tower - Stage 2

Stage 2 (left) of the redevelopment of Old Parliament House in the city centre is officially underway. This stage will feature twin residential towers and penthouse apartments leased to corporate clients, paired with retail space. Official construction works began early last year and are set to be completed in late 2018.

Rangeview HeightsRangeview Heights

The commercial and residential estates to be located in the Waigani city centre are currently being developed by Lamana under their subsidiary Rangeview Heights Ltd.

The development includes residential townhouses, an attached shopping mall within the community, secure parking, a park and green areas for residents’ use.

Paga Hill Estate - sketchPaga Hill Estate

Paga Hill is set to be the city’s first multi-use development including luxury hotels, more than 800 residential apartments, commercial and retail spaces, a marina and a cultural centre.

The project has been in proposal, planning and design development stages for years, but is finally ready to begin enter its investment and implementation stages after receiving the green light from the government.

Estimates currently put the construction of attached Paga Hill City at around K3 billion.


The next iconic PNG landmark is expected to start construction early this year.

To complete this K120 million project, Ela Beach will be extended out to sea by 100 metres to support the structure, which will be built over the water. From the air, the building’s shape will resemble a traditional Motuan lakatoi sail.

"When you see it from the air, or when you see it from the land or when you see it on a postcard or on TV …  you will symbolise and recognise it as Port Moresby,” says Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Sports and APEC.

The construction of the building will be part of a larger Ela Beach redevelopment project involving a four-lane highway to join the Paga ring road.

Loloata Island

Loloata Island Resort (pictured at the head of tis article) is still very much a work in progress.

After being sold late last year, the former dive resort is set to be redeveloped into a luxury hotel with suites and private villas.

Though technically not located in Port Moresby, this project’s massive undertaking makes it a development worth mentioning.


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Robin Lillicrapp

Are you sure the abundance of new residential apartments will not be soaked up by the influx of foreign project personnel?

Kraip Waut

Obviously it is. There needs to be more expatriates on the demand end to keep the supply in balance. Don't forget that most of PNG's working population lives in settlements.

Weso Riimbao

How about the Korean palace development thing at Gabutu?

Daniel Kumbon

No Ben, there won't be any deserted compounds and apartments. Low wage earners will live there.

Currently they are living in the squatter settlements.

Arnold Mundua

Interesting projects indeed...while trucking companies are struggling to negotiate up the Okuk Highway to keep the mine pits and gas and oil fields open.

Bernard Corden

More and more Americanisation of our culture using credit.
Have any of these developers ever read One Hand Clapping by Anthony Burgess.

Ben Jackson

It will be very interesting to see what happens to some of the older apartments in a post-APEC POM.

With a few exceptions, these apartments are only accessible to expatriate workers and, unsurprisingly, property managers set the rental prices according to the rental allowances guaranteed under the Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework.

Already there is a huge oversupply of these apartments in Port Moresby, especially at older apartment blocks that are refusing to budge on their prices to readjust to the equilibrium.

Something will have to give as expats flock to the brand new buildings in 2019 leaving deserted compounds and apartments all over the city.

Johnny Blades

The future is bright and shiny in Port Moresby... obviously.

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