Plans for a 17,000-seat entertainment arena to be built above the new Roma Street underground station has received a boost from the Queensland government.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad announced on the weekend that $5 million will be committed to developing a business case for the Brisbane Live proposal which would be developed in conjunction with the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project.
“Brisbane Live!” an open-air precinct like Melbourne’s Federation Square, would be built above the existing Roma St rail lines under the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority in partnership with AEG Ogden’s Harvey Lister.
The business case is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete and will assist the Queensland government in determining whether value-for-money can be achieved by developing the Brisbane Live proposal.
The business case will be jointly prepared by Building Queensland and the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, which is doing the master planning work for the Roma St precinct.
The Delivery Authority will invest the $5 million in the development of a detailed business case which will examine construction cost, economic benefits, delivery and procurement options.
The Cross River Rail will build a new underground rail station at Roma Street Parklands as part of an underground link from Annerley to the RNA Exhibition Grounds at Bowen Hills.
Jackie Trad said that the project was demonstrative of the potential that Cross River Rail has to transform Brisbane.
“Brisbane Live is a proposal for a 17,000-seat world class entertainment arena, similar to the LA Live complex, which would become Queensland’s premier entertainment venue hosting international live entertainment and world class sporting events,” Trad said.
“Brisbane Live is a very exciting proposal that will deliver decades of economic and employment opportunities in what is an underused part of the city.”
AEG Ogden’s Harvey Lister said he was proud to be partnering with the Government in the development of the business case under an Early Operator Engagement agreement, utilising AEG Ogden’s expertise.
“We’re thrilled the Queensland Government has engaged AEG Ogden under an Early Operator Engagement agreement with Cross River Rail Delivery Authority,” Lister said.
“As a proud Queensland company, AEG Ogden has confirmed its commitment to this project by offering to provide access to the extensive work we have already undertaken for the development of the Roma Street precinct, and our expert advice and information into the Business Case for no fee.
“Brisbane Live will deliver much needed economic development and employment opportunities, virtually unprecedented urban renewal, and be a showpiece venue for the entire State.”
Jackie Trad has called upon the Federal Government to put up funding for Cross River Rail with the Federal Budget to be handed down on Tuesday.
An artist’s impression of the Denman Windsor development
Denmac Nominees wants to build 98 aged care rooms and 79 independent living units across 19,159sqm in Windsor, 3km north of Brisbane’s CBD.
Designed by ThomsonAdsett, Denman says their “ageing in place solution” will see the care facilities located alongside the village in separate wings with retail, café, outdoor landscaped areas and ground floor health care services also on site.
Despite Brisbane Council recently scaling back some of its incentives for aged care developers, the city is still seeing a surge of new development including Aura Holdings launching the second stage of its Kingsford Terrace village; and Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) announcing plans to demolish and rebuild its 115-bed Berlasco Court Caring Centre, built in 1988, in Indooroopilly, 7km west of the CBD.
An artist’s impression of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) redevelopment.
Brisbane-based Denmac Nominees is the latest developer to tap into the aged care market, submitting a proposal for a 12-storey retirement facility in Brisbane’s inner north.
The retirement tower comprises 98 aged care rooms and 79 independent dwellings across 19,159sq m with ground floor commercial tenancies available for lease by health care services.
The proposal is located in Windsor, three kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD.
Denmac is calling its proposal an “ageing in place solution”, with residential care facilities located alongside the retirement village in separate wings.
The developer is also proposing retail, food and beverage and outdoor landscaped areas in the ThomsonAdsett-designed building.
Denmac have amalgamated three sites to develop the Denmac Windsor Seniors Living project.
Denmac amalgamated 193 and 195 Lutwyche Street and 10 Lyons Street, of which the latter — a 923sq m parcel of land — was purchased most recently in 2015 for $1.5 million.
The 4,213sq m site is currently occupied by a Mercedes Benz dealership and a clothing distribution centre.
The developer’s proposal joins a surge in aged care development in Brisbane, with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland announcing plans for a 115-bed project in Brisbane’s west and Aura Holdings launching the second stage of its 53-unit Duporth independent living project in Brisbane’s Corinda.
The demand for seniors living in Brisbane is expected to double by 2025.
Other aged care development in the Sunshine State includes Aveo’s recently approved 16-storey retirement tower on the Gold Coast, which will accommodate more than 150 seniors and Japara’s $30 million aged-care facility in Robina.
Recent data collected by Ray White Commercial revealed that $147.53 million was spent on medical space in 2017 to meet Brisbane’s rapidly ageing population.
Denmac are currently awaiting approval and are yet to propose a timeline for the project.