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

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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.

Source: architectureau.com

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Brisbane Developer Lodges Proposal for 40 Apartments in North Brisbane

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Brisbane developer Raise Projects has lodged plans for a 6-storey mid-rise residential building in Brisbane’s north.

The 17-21 Wesley Street, Lutwyche site, 5km north of Brisbane’s CBD, is currently occupied by three residential homes.

Designed by Nam Concept, the development will comprise 40 apartments and provide 79 car parks, 82 bicycle parks as well as a communal rooftop terrace.

The building will join two other mid-rise residential developments currently under construction on Wesley Street.

If approved, Raise Projects will add 40 apartments to a pipeline of more than 70 apartments in the area.

The proposed building sits in a hub of amenities and public transport options, close to Lutwyche Bus Interchange and Wooloowin Railway Station for easy access to the city.

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A 6-storey apartment block has been approved opposite the proposed site located between 10-12 Wesley Street.Image: Hamilton Hayes Henderson Architects

Other development in the area includes Walker Property Group’s plans for a 32-apartment building at 16-22 Wesley Street designed by OGE Group Architects.

A 6-storey building has also been approved between 10-12 Wesley Street for 38 apartments.

Inner Brisbane currently has about 9,000 apartments under construction across 46 separate projects.

It seems Brisbane has weathered the worst of its apartment market slump with stability returning to the market as sales rates absorb the current supply.

Research released by Urbis affirms the view that the tide is beginning to turn in Brisbane’s apartment market.

The owner-occupier market has continued to underpin a strong demand for inner-Brisbane’s apartment stock in the wake of “oversupply concerns”.

Inner Brisbane approvals for the last quarter totalled 1674 apartments.

Total approved future supply for Brisbane’s inner south apartment market currently sits at 8,481 while Brisbane’s inner north currently has 7,653 approved apartments.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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First Look at $750 Million Albion Train Station Revamp

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Brisbane-based developer Geon Property has lodged plans for stage one of the $750 million Albion Train Station precinct redevelopment.

The project, dubbed Albion Exchange, is a ten-stage project set to be delivered over 15 years with community consultation on the future masterplan to commence shortly.

The site has been earmarked for redevelopment for a number of years by the Queensland government as an opportunity to “improve connectivity and public transport facilities to better service the local community”.

A $28.7 million upgrade of transport facilities and access to the Albion Train Station has also been tied into the proposal creating a genuine transit oriented development.

Stage one will feature a new food and beverage destination, health and wellbeing offerings, and two new multi-level residential buildings over a commercial and retail podium.

The first of the two residential buildings will reach 30-storeys and provide 203 apartments, while the second building will reach a height of 23-storeys with 130 apartments with a total gross floor area of 31,836 square metres.

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The site is positioned above the existing Albion Train Station, making it a genuine Transit Orientated Development.Image: Geon Property

The 4,900sq m site sits immediately south and above the existing Albion Train Station, stretching as a spine from the Albion Overpass through to the former Albion Fire Station located on Merehaye Street.

“Albion Exchange is set to become Brisbane’s latest mixed-use project and will create a vibrant community heart for the inner-northern suburbs,” Geon Property senior development manager Tim Rossberg said.

“Albion Exchange is a unique inner-city development which will further the suburb’s modernisation by creating an energised and connected destination.”

Albion is currently one of Brisbane’s fastest growing areas with the suburb’s population estimated to grow by more than 4000 residents by 2036.

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The project aims to connect the east and west of Albion, which is currently segregated by the train line.Image: Geon Property

Community feedback sessions for stage one have been well attended, with the local community showing a high level of interest in the level of amenity and public space offered by Albion Exchange.

“The size and quality of public amenity in our Stage One proposal will transform the inner-city transit node into a green public sanctuary, with a strong emphasis on community interaction and exchange, legibility and accessibility,” Rossberg said.

“Over sixty-five per cent of the stage one site area will be dedicated to public space for the community.”

The proposal also includes 4,900sq m of new green open space and a public plaza connecting the east and west of Albion Road as well as 573 car parks and 461 bicycle parks.

The end of the city’s train line at Ferny Grove is also set for a major transport, retail and residential project.

In Brisbane’s CBD, Roma Street Station has also benefited from plans to create Brisbane Live! entertainment district, a 17,000-seat venue that will be built above the new Roma Street underground station.

Construction for Albion Exchange will start in early 2020, subject to development approval.

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Brisbane Apartment Market Ready for the Next Cycle

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Brisbane has weathered the worst of its apartment market slump as stability returns to the sector, new research suggests.

The latest Quarterly Apartment Report from local property marketing and research group Place Advisory suggests stability is returning to the apartment market as sales rates absorb the current supply.

With no major releases hitting the market over the next six months supply is tightening up, and Place Advisory’s Lachlan Walker says that the market is positioning itself for growth as Brisbane moves into its next cycle.

Inner Brisbane recorded 175 unconditional sales during the June quarter.

“Up 31 from the previous quarter, and totalling $118 million,” Walker said.

“The weighted average price of $674,714 was up 1.7 per cent compared to the last quarter – it’s a modest increase, but it’s promising.”

Research released by Urbis affirms the view that the tide is beginning to turn in Brisbane’s apartment market.

The owner-occupier market made up almost half of all buyers (48 per cent) of inner Brisbane’s apartment stock in the second quarter according to Urbis Property Economics.

At current sales rates, all current new apartment supply could be absorbed by early to mid-2021.

“Brisbane’s potential for capital growth in the medium term is looking ever more positive as population growth and the economy return to increasingly positive trends and new apartment supply diminishes,” Walker said.

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At the end of the June quarter, 21 per cent of the total new apartment market remained available for purchase.

Currently 54 projects are being sold off-the-plan in inner Brisbane, several of which have pushed back their expected completion dates, Walker said.

“Of the 1936 new apartments currently available for sale, 30 per cent are expected to complete construction in the second half of 2018, 31 per cent in 2019 and the balance in 2020.

“This means remaining supply will settle in a more staggered nature, softening any potential negative impacts to the market.”

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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