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Brisbane’s Jubilee Hotel Set For Major Redevelopment



Brisbane’s Jubilee Hotel Set For Major Redevelopment

The application for the mixed-use project was submitted by a subsidiary of A. N. Burnett Investments Pty Ltd, owned by local pub baron Tony Burnett who runs a series of pubs and liquor retailers across Brisbane, including the Jubilee Hotel.

The project incorporates the retention, refurbishment and revitalisation of the existing State heritage-listed Jubilee Hotel, the delivery of a new 250 square meter ground floor publicly accessible plaza, and the construction of a 14-storey retail and commercial office tower.

The building consists of 18,166 square metres of commercial office space including a “start-up” hub within the buildings podium.

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Located within the EKKA precinct of the Bowen Hills Priority Development Area — at 470 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley — the Jubilee Hotel site is situated prominently amongst a string of redevelopment that aims to revitalise a tired part of inner Brisbane.

Sharing close proximity with Lendlease’s King Street masterplan, the Jubilee Hotel redevelopment has the potential to further strengthen the connection between the Fortitude Valley and RNA Showgrounds.

Designed by Blight Rayner, the development will seek accreditation for a 6 Star Green Star, 5 Star NABERS and Gold WELL Building Standard, providing amenities oriented towards healthy, flexible and engaging workspaces.

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The building’s form is bounded by a distinct steel structural exoskeleton that compresses and expands — the first of its kind in Australia.

The design and engineering team have placed extra emphasis on reducing the building’s weight — its located directly above Brisbane’s Clem Jones Tunnel — and are using a composite floor construction consisting of steel and timber and steel and concrete, XLam CLT.

The material reduces the extreme point loads bearing down on the tunnel.

The proposal describes the lightweight exoskeleton and composite flooring as “constructed like a large scale meccano set”, which facilitates the cantilevering of the building above the existing Jubilee Hotel.

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This method of construction results in the process not being reliant upon traditional scaffolding, formwork and pumped concrete, which allows the structure to be erected safely over the heritage-listed hotel whilst it remains fully operational.

The project team anticipate this construction method will not only minimise disruption to local residents and businesses but markedly reduce the timeframe of construction.

The plans also propose the existing hotel will receive a new external food and dining area, function deck and 203 square metres of retail accessed at ground floor.

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Chinese developer R&F to build $500 million Brisbane River mixed use precinct



Chinese developer R&F to build $500 million Brisbane River mixed use precinct Read more: Follow us: @FinancialReview on Twitter | financialreview on Facebook

R & F Property Australia has released new plans for its $500 million West End development. Supplied

Chinese developer R&F has unveiled plans to develop an amended $502 million mixed-use precinct and public riverside space for its 1.6-hectare landholding at Brisbane’s West End.

The developer’s offshoot, R&F Property Australia, said it would undertake the approved masterplan development of more than 1000 apartments, while seeking changes to expand the public plaza. The site originally had an approval for seven buildings and 981 apartments.

It would also have river homes or lower level terraces along the Brisbane River as well as new retail and commercial space for shops and restaurants.

The developer would also reinforce the east-west public connection from West End to the riverside parkland and the Brisbane River.

“The project presents an important opportunity to transform one of Brisbane’s under utilised inner city former industrial riverfront sites into a desirable, integrated urban precinct,” R&F Property Australia senior development manager Rodney Chadwick said.

“The development will create a new architectural and cultural landmark for West End, focusing on public enjoyment and the opportunity to promote and enrich public access along the Brisbane River between Southbank and Orleigh Park.

“Our current plans show a series of public accessible, open spaces comprising of shaded landscaped courtyards, activated laneways and major plaza, spilling down riverside walkway.”

The development will be staged over six years.

Fronting the Brisbane River, the site between Hockings and Donkin Street is one of five landholdings that R&F has in Brisbane. It has two more in Melbourne.

While the developer had previously sought sites in Sydney, as most developers often do, it said the cost of land has made it difficult to buy the right property.

“We will continue to focus on developing our existing land over the next few years,” R&F Property Australia general manager David Wei told the Australian Financial Review exclusively.

“Australia is a good market particularly with its rising migration.”

He also said the group would consider hotel development and further diversification away from residential development but not in the immediate future.

The Guangzhou-headquartered and Hong Kong-listed developer is renowned for its large international portfolio stretching from housing to hotels. In recent times it was in the spotlight for snapping up 77 hotels from Chinese juggernaut Dalian Wanda for more than $3 billion, as part of Wanda’s selling spree.


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Hames Sharley to design $750 million development at Brisbane’s Albion station



Hames Sharley to design $750 million development at Brisbane’s Albion station

Albion train station precinct redevelopment by Hames Sharley. Image: Hames Sharley

A 3.5-hectare site centred on Albion station in Brisbane will be transformed into a mixed-use “community hub,” with the Queensland government reaching an agreement with developer Geon Property.

The $750 million Transit Oriented Development will see the train station integrated with commercial and residential buildings, as well as new public spaces.
Transport facilities will be upgraded to the tune of $28.7 million, with commuter car parking and station accessibility to be improved. Hames Sharley has been appointed as architect for the project.

Hames Sharley to design $750 million development at Brisbane’s Albion stationAlbion train station precinct redevelopment by Hames Sharley. Image:  Hames Sharley

The Palaszczuk government committed to a $17 million accessibility upgrade in the lead up to last year’s election, and transport minister Mark Bailey said the government will now work with the developer to ensure the station integrates with the wider precinct.

“By unlocking the potential of the 3.5-hectare site through partnership with the private sector we will deliver enhanced public transport infrastructure for the local community,” he said.

“This 15-year project will integrate Albion train station with nearby commercial and residential buildings and vacant land to deliver an exciting community asset.”

The redevelopment of the site has long been mooted. In 2014, the then-Newman government called for expressions of interest for the site.

Haymes Sharley will now complete detailed designs, with Geon Property expected to complete the development application and approval process over the next 12 to 18 months.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019-2020, as are accessibly upgrades.

“While this accessibility upgrade is currently in early planning stages, improvements being explored include new platform access with lifts, raised platform sections providing improved assisted boarding points, and other accessibility features such as hearing aid loops, signage and tactile flooring surfaces,” said Bailey.

Currently, Albion station is only accessible by steep ramps or stairs, there are no electronic timetables or hearing loops and no raised boarding points.

Hames Sharley to design $750 million development at Brisbane’s Albion stationAlbion train station precinct redevelopment by Hames Sharley. Image:  Hames Sharley

Geon Property managing director Ben Griffin said the project will be a “world-class” transit-oriented development.

“This project will be defined by a seamless integration of high-quality apartment living, retail, food and beverage outlets with genuine character, modern commercial offerings and vibrant public open spaces.

“It will offer access to Brisbane’s transport networks, integrating with one of South East Queensland’s busiest train lines, connecting to the bikeway network and providing accessible parking options.”

Public consultation will occur as part of the development application process.


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Mirvac’s Clean Energy Houses Backed by $90m Loan



Mirvac’s Clean Energy Houses Backed by $90m Loan
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation will lend $90 million to Mirvac for rooftop solar panels and battery storage at three new house and land estates across Sydney and Brisbane.

Mirvac is working with the CEFC to embed a range of clean energy initiatives that will see the communities of more than 300 family homes each equipped with built-in solar and battery storage systems, as well as high-grade insulation, LED lighting and energy efficient appliances.

The rooftop solar systems will provide new home buyers with a built- in solution to meet up to 90 per cent of their household’s energy consumption.

It’s not the first time the government clean energy fund has pumped capital into residential housing, last year it injected a $100 million investment into the AMP Capital Wholesale Office Property Fund.

The CEFC also financed $130 million for affordable energy-efficient homes in Sydney’s outer suburbs after sealing a deal with community housing group St George Community Housing.

Mirvac set itself a bold target to limit their residents’ bills by being net positive in energy and water by 2030, according to Sarah Clarke, Mirvac group general manager of sustainability and reputation.

Chris Wade, CEFC property sector lead, says it’s the green bank’s goal to see these built-in sustainability measures become the “new normal” for Australian homes as part of broader efforts to encourage net zero carbon buildings.

Construction is expected to commence in late 2018 with the first homes ready by late 2019.

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