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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.

Originally Published: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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Sekisui House Lodges Plans for Added Public Green Space to Meet Approval Conditions

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Sekisui House’s controversial West Village project may receive two new additional laneways, over 1,500 square metres of public open space and a “water play area” if the developer’s recent application to the Brisbane City Council is approved.

With the first stage of development currently underway, the 2.6-hectare former Absoe site has reduced its height and ground cover (which was originally 95 per cent) after the state government called in the development in September 2016 amid public outrage.

Located in the inner-Brisbane suburb of West End – an area known for being particularly divided on high-density development – West Village project director Andrew Thompson says that the additional public amenity and laneways will offer new experiences to both residents and locals.

The application provides for three main pieces of amenity, “The Common”, two laneways and a 1,532-square metre community space. The proposed laneways, “Factory Lane” and “Wilson Lane” will act as an interconnection between the two 14-storey residential towers that commenced construction in June last year.

According to Thompson, The Common will offer a water-play area, with in-ground water jets at the Boundary Street entry to the site.

“Grassed areas will provide a setting for viewing performances, picnics and small gatherings, and tall trees with a diverse canopy will provide a cool sanctuary full of colour and texture.” he said.

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Factory Lane and Wilson Lane, will be the first of four laneways and will include deep plantings, landscaped market gardens and lighting, as well as a number of bicycle stands as they act as green “portals” connecting West Village’s buildings and its future public spaces.

The Common is an example of Sekisui House’s strategy to repurpose a historic landmark site, with the proposed space bringing a forecourt back to the old ice cream building.

“We are about to breathe new life into West End’s Ice Cream Factory as a residential and retail precinct, and The Common will be a cool, green entry statement that embraces the heritage listed building,” Thompson said.

The developer also plans to incorporate a community space into the West End development for public uses such as an art gallery, formal or informal educational seminars/lectures, conference or reception space, fitness classes, dance classes, theatre or cinema.

The end result will include another six residential sites, galleries, restaurants, retail and entertainment facilities.

Subject to approval by Brisbane City Council, West Village’s public spaces are expected to be implemented by the end of 2018.

Originally Published: theurbandeveloper.com

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Work begins on $248m Chester & Ella towers in Brisbane’s inner-city

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FLYING in the face of Brisbane’s apartment downturn, work has begun on a $248m luxury inner-city unit complex — backed by the financial nous of global investment banker Goldman Sachs.

FLYING in the face of Brisbane’s apartment downturn, work has begun on a $248m luxury inner-city unit complex — backed by the financial nous of global investment banker Goldman Sachs.

Construction has begun on Kokoda Property’s Chester and Ella dual building complex in Newstead after the firm secured $120m in funding from global investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Exterior elevation of Kokoda Property’s $248m Chester & Ella project in Newstead.

Exterior elevation of Kokoda Property’s $248m Chester & Ella project in Newstead.Source:Supplied

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Shared rooftop terrace.Source:Supplied

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Private lounge.Source:Supplied

Managing director Mark Stevens and Hutchinson Builders head Scott Hutchinson jointly turned the sod to mark the official kick-off of one of the few projects to make it through tightened funding conditions in Brisbane’s inner city apartment market.

Kokoda Property director Sam Tucker said only high quality projects were making it through the tougher funding climate.

“The reduced availability of finance means that only the best projects in Brisbane are moving to the construction phase,” he said. “This, in turn, is driving up the quality of multi-residential living in the city, which is a strong positive for Brisbane’s future”.

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Alternative for the living zone.Source:Supplied

Ella white kitchen.

Ella white kitchen.Source:Supplied

Chester black kitchen.

Chester black kitchen.Source:Supplied

It’s Kokoda Property’s first foray into Brisbane, with the firm having paid $19m for the site in late 2015 after 18 years in the Melbourne market.

When complete the development will see 320 luxury apartments across two 18-storey buildings with hotel-style shared amenities including around-the-clock concierge, rooftop terrace, health and wellness centre, private dining room, cinema, pool and shared outdoor kitchen areas.

According to Kokoda, 135 apartments in Chester worth $95m were sold in a four-week period and Ella saw $14m worth of apartments sold in a single transaction and a further $22m during one weekend.

Originally Published: www.news.com.au

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Developer Lodges Application for 12-Storey Tower on $22m South Brisbane Site

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A Melbourne-based developer has submitted a development application for a 12-storey commercial building in South Brisbane, designed by BVN architecture.

The Kaias family, in their third Queensland development, lodged the application with the Brisbane City Council earlier this month.

The building, “Mobo”, comprises an eight-storey commercial tower above a four-storey podium and will be located on the corner of Merivale and Tribune Streets in South Brisbane.

The developer acquired 74, 78 and 80 Tribune Street for a total of almost $17 million in November 2016, and later acquired 134 Merivale Street for $4.25 million.

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The development will pursue principles of subtropical design, proposing “extensive landscaping”, integrated vertical gardens and references to the Queenslander architectural typology. The A-grade tower will provide 17,000sq m of NLA and incorporate two ground floor retail tenancies within the lower podium.

The Kaias family are no stranger to Brisbane, having developed the $100 million, 16-storey “Opera” apartment project in Cordelia Street, South Brisbane and a $260 million commercial project in Fortitude Valley.

Opera finished construction earlier this year and the developer is currently pursuing pre-commitments for the over-35,000sq m of NLA of the commercial tower, “Aura”, located in St Pauls Terrace in Fortitude Valley.

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According to the proposal, “Mobo” is expected to accommodate for 176 employee spaces and three basement levels for vehicle car parking.

“External outdoor space is provided to each commercial tower level in the northern corner of the building. A break-out space is provided on the rooftop, providing communal amenities for the use of building occupants,” the proposal said.

“The building is designed to achieve practical and highly functional internal spaces. The nature of the proposed use as a commercial office [requires] large floor plates, capable of meeting the needs of the current commercial market.”

The proposed tower is located on a large 2,670sq m site within 200 metres of the commercial hub of South Bank and approximately 800 metres west of Brisbane’s CBD.

Originally Published: theurbandeveloper.com

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