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 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 ‘Eyesore’ Roma St Transit Centre Set to be Demolished
The old Brisbane Transit Centre, known as one of Brisbane’s ugly duckling sites, will be demolished as part of plans for the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail infrastructure project.
The removal of the ageing transit centre, along with the neighbouring Hotel Jen, will clear the way for a new underground station and the $2 billion Brisbane Live entertainment venue.
The Palaszczuk government announced in November that the Roma Street Cross River Rail station and Brisbane Live would “progress together”.
Treasurer Jackie Trad confirmed that early works will commence in 2019 with demolition planned for late-2020.
The Roma Street Station will be a key link between the city centre, Roma Street Parklands, Spring Hill’s schools, Caxton Street, the Petrie Barracks, Suncorp Stadium, and the cultural precinct at South Bank.
“When complete the new station is expected to be used by more than 230,000 commuters every week, the equivalent of over four capacity crowds at Suncorp Stadium,” Trad said.
“Plans for the 18,000-seat “Brisbane Live” entertainment arena are underway.”
Planning for the $2 billion “Brisbane Live” ultra-entertainment precinct is currently under way with consultancy firm Deloitte, and sport and architecture firm Populous recently appointed to mammoth project.
“With an 18,000 seat world-class arena as its centrepiece, the Roma Street precinct, just like the LA Live complex, will become Queensland’s premier entertainment venue hosting major live concerts and world class sporting events right in heart of the city,” Trad said.
More than $700 million was earmarked to build Brisbane’s Cross River Rail in the budget released last week, with demand for Brisbane’s rail services forecasted to double by 2026, and triple by 2036.
“This is a project that will transform the south-east by creating a turn-up-and-go transport system for the whole of South-East Queensland – taking thousands of cars off our roads and getting people home and to work faster.”
Brisbane City Council Scraps Aged Care Developer Incentives
The incentives, introduced in 2016, reduced infrastructure charges and encouraged the co-location of facilities on privately-owned sport and recreation land.
Lord mayor Graham Quirk said the “difficult decision” was due to sporting clubs becoming easy targets for political campaigns.
“Council will proceed without any proposed changes to sport and recreation land sites, as our priority is ensuring that the accommodation that we need to plan for the growth of our city can be delivered as quickly as possible,” Quirk said.
Earlier this year, Retire Australia’s controversial $80 million retirement living complex at the Tarragindi Bowls club was the first development approved under the Retirement Living and Aged Care Accommodation Incentives.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures shows 15.3 per cent of all Queenslanders are aged 65 and over, an increase from 12.4 per cent in 2011.
Property Council of Australia executive director of retirement living Ben Myers says politics, rather than planning considerations is disturbing the delivery of Brisbane’s seniors’ housing.
“All sides of politics acknowledge that we have an ageing demographic and that we will need to provide suitable housing now and into the future,” Myers said.
By 2025, Myers said the demand for retirement living accommodation for people aged over 65 is expected to double, to meet the housing needs of Queensland’s ageing population.
“To date the incentives have been successful in creating a pipeline of projects for Brisbane that will assist in housing our ageing demographic,” Myers said.
The Lord Mayor said council would begin consultation on the aged care proposal within weeks to fast-track the amendments.
Plans for $1.4 billion waterfront precinct progress
Dexus has proposed a redevelopment of Eagle Street Pier, including two new towers and up to 1.5 hectares of riverfront open space.
Dexus is progressing on its $1.4 billion redevelopment plan to unlock “the unrealised potential of the waterfront” in Brisbane.
The property group unveiled its plans to transform Eagle Street Pier, including building two towers, closing Eagle Street between Charlotte and Market streets and opening up the riverfront space, in March.
Dexus’s head of office development Queensland, Matt Beasley, said the response to the company’s announcement had been overwhelmingly positive.
“Since the announcement we’ve been having both town hall sort of sessions with our customers in our buildings, the retailers, getting them up to speed on what the proposals are, what is the process moving forward and when we would be targeting to get that outcome,” he said.
“We’ve acquired those assets and explored that opportunity and it’s really about unlocking the potential, unlocking the unrealised potential of the waterfront, really giving that back to the people.”
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