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Fender Katsalidis Set To Transform Brisbane Midtown Precinct With 26-Storey Tower



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A proposal for a major infill development in Brisbane’s CBD has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council for a 26-storey office tower. 

AM Brisbane CBD Investments, a joint venture between wealth manager Ashe Morgan and developer David Mann’s DMann Corporation, lodged a development application to the Brisbane City Council on Monday.

The acquisition of the Health and Forestry House buildings, which front Mary and Charlotte Streets, was finalised last week with the development team acquiring the cross-block hub for $66 million.


Architects Fender Katsalidis — in their first Brisbane-based venture — will design the Midtown Centre by combining the existing site hosting the Forestry and Health buildings at 155 Charlotte Street and 150 Mary Street, into one single building.

Fender Katsalidis said the precinct will feature a range of open-air spaces accessible by tenants ranging from outdoor terraces at podium level, to open-air spaces on each floor, and a landscaped sky garden on the 20th level. The sky garden makes provision for six-storeys of usable floors above the current building height.

The Health and Forestry Houses, which housed Queensland government departments for 34 years, will be redeveloped into a “mid-town hub”. Images courtesy of JLL Queensland.

The commercial tower will provide highly-flexible podium campus floor plates between 2,400 and 2,500 square metres and typical floor plates between 1,750 and 1,950 square metres.

Firm managing director Karl Fender worked directly on the Midtown Centre design and said he believes the project will become a global exemplar for re-purposing dated office building assets.

“Midtown Centre is the evolution of commercial architecture within the Brisbane city centre,” Fender said.

“The building’s ability to engage with its environment through access to outdoor spaces, fresh air, natural daylight and living greenery are all central to the ‘buildings that breathe’ philosophy that we are seeing being adopted in the world’s premium cities.”

The building’s design also aims to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating with the inclusion of eco-friendly elements such as high-performance glazing, energy efficient lighting and a 400 capacity end of the trip facility.

Project Director, Michael Bruderlin of InDeMa Properties said the design would deliver what large corporates were looking for in a workspace.

“Modern corporate tenants have high expectations of their workplace. It needs to have the ability to expand and contract as their needs change and support more sophisticated and technology-driven models of staff collaboration,” Bruderlin said.

“There is also a real trend for large companies to consolidate multiple office sites to improve efficiency, culture, and performance and by providing some of the largest floor plates in the city, Midtown Centre helps them achieve that.”

Council will now assess the development application and pending approval, completion is anticipated in late 2019.

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Brisbane and interstate investors drawn to up-and-coming King Street precinct



Brisbane and interstate investors drawn to up-and-coming King Street precinct
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QIC Consolidates Four Sites for Major Brisbane Development



QIC Consolidates Four Sites for Major Brisbane Development

A proposal for the refurbishment of three buildings and construction of a 39-storey tower has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council by Cardno on behalf of the Queensland government’s investment arm QIC.

QIC are proposing the construction of a new 39-storey commercial tower at 62 Mary Street, as well as the refurbishment of 111 George Street, 33 Charlotte Street and 54 Mary Street – which will adjoin the new tower and have been named the “QIC Triplets”.

The development sites at 54 Mary Street and George and Charlotte Streets were acquired by QIC in April 2013 from the state government in a multi-sale deal worth $455 million.

QIC later acquired the 62 Mary Street site for $7.6 million in June 2014.



The site currently accommodates 6,000 employees across three buildings. When the full masterplan is complete, the number is expected to rise considerably – adding confidence to Brisbane’s current positive commercial market sentiment.

In its proposal to council, QIC has outlined the precinct’s potential as a gateway, linking the Queens Wharf redevelopment and a future key Cross River Rail stop with 12 new retail spaces and landscaped public areas.

The application referenced a Hornery Institute prediction that by 2019 there will be in excess of 6,000 people living within 500 metres of the site.

The Albert Street underground Cross River Rail may be developed by QIC, who were last week shortlisted for the $5.4 billion infrastructure project.


Designed by architects Bureau Proberts – who’ve teamed with Architectus to deliver the complete masterplan – the new tower will have a gross floor area of 42,319 square metres and stand 189 metres tall.

The full proposal will be delivered across four stages with the first being the demolition of an existing three-storey commercial building at 62 Mary Street which currently sits vacant and will make way for the new tower.

Following the construction of 62 Mary Street, stages two, three and four will be centred around upgrading the ground and plaza levels of the triplets with the intention of “providing an active and vibrant commercial precinct”.


According to the proposal, ground plane activation plays a pivotal part in the regeneration of the block with the architects looking to create new laneway linkages utilised by cafes, restaurants, retail, conference facilities and possibly a child care centre.

“[The proposal is] driven by a social imperative to provide strong connections between the workplace and public spaces that are engaging and accessible to the city worker along with visitors, while becoming a vital part of a diverse city fabric.”

Architect Bureau Proberts

QIC’s application follows several other recent commercial tower proposals in Brisbane’s CBD, such as Mirvac’s Ann Streetdevelopment and Morris Property Groups 343 Albert Street and Wharf Street towers.

The application awaits further assessment from the Brisbane City Council.

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Jump in Settlements Lifts Sunland’s Profit 314%



Jump in Settlements Lifts Sunland’s Profit 314%
Brisbane-based property developer Sunland Group has reported a substantial lift in the number of settled properties for the reporting period, delivering a $20.7 million net profit.

The profit result was up 314 per cent on the previous corresponding period, which was largely in part to the company’s increase in the volume and value of settlements from its multi-storey and residential housing portfolios, and the ongoing contribution from the Sunland’s retail holdings.

“We remain in a mode of focused delivery as we enter the second half of the 2018 financial year, with 14 residential housing and multi-storey developments at various phases of the construction cycle,” Sunland managing director Sahba Abedian said.


Sunland generated $191.6 million in revenue from 238 settlements during the second half of 2017, having achieved $95.4 million from 204 settlements in the first.

Major contributors to first half earnings include residential housing settlements at Queensland’s Magnoli Residences, The Terraces, The Heights, and Ancora.

Sunland entered 2018 with 408 contracts in hand with a combined value of $328 million, providing solid earnings visibility in the short to medium-term while their portfolio continues to replenish itself thanks to the site acquisition in Chapel Hill, seven kilometres west of Brisbane, for $5.5 million.

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Determined not to focus on boasting about the company’s financial success, Abedian said the profit gain will become a solid backing for new development in prime areas.

Sunland plans to launch up to six new projects during the second half of this year’s financial year, including the 44-storey 272 Hedges Avenue residential tower in Mermaid Beach, and a terrace home collection at The Hills Residences in Brisbane, which have both received development approval.

Sunland’s portfolio comprises approximately 5,138 residential housing, urban development, and multi-storey products and an emerging retail portfolio, with a total end value of $3.9 billion, providing a healthy pipeline of premium projects to be delivered over the course of the next eight years.

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