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Old February 2nd, 2006, 02:56 AM   #1
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Brisbane’s City News issue 123
02 February 2006
www.questnews.com.au

Developers Drooling over CBD
Bursting the Seams
Words: Sue Gardiner

A spate of recently lodged development applications (DA) point to a pending development bonanza in the CBD.
The 13 applications included new office towers, retail, residential and mixed use buildings.
Deputy Mayor and Central Ward councillor David Hinchliffe said it was the most “concentrated batch” of the city DAs he had experienced and they were a good indicator to the economic health of the precinct.
He said Brisbane had enjoyed one of the most “robust” CBD’s in the country for the past 15 years, largely due to its condensed geography.
The Das include an application by K&K Retail developments to build a 72 Storey multi-unit dwelling and office space at 51 Elizabeth St to be called Empire Square.
Two new office towers and a refurbishment of existing facilities has been proposed for the Roma St Transit Centre.
A 20-Storey office building is proposed for 270 Adelaide St.
Adnam Property Limited have applied to build a 45-storey retail and residential development at the STC House Site, 545 Queen St.
Twenty-nine units in a 32-storey building have been slated for 470 Queen St.
Cr Hinchliffe said council would assess the Das within the next few months.

New Development Applications
· Rugby Club, 145 Eagle St convention centre
· 270 Adelaide St, 20-storey office building
· STC House Site 545 Queen St, 45 storeys residential and retail
· Empire Square 51 Elizabeth St, 72 storeys, office, residential, retail, accommodation
· 470 Queen St, 32 storeys, 29 units
· Police barracks, 25-61 Petrie Tce, office, retail, restaurants, cinema
· 484 Adelaide St, 43 storeys, units, retail, restaurant, office
· 549 Queen St, 59 storeys, retail, office
· Newstead Riverpark, Newstead Tce, residential, retail
· Roma St Transit Centre, 25 storeys, refurbishment, office
· Central Plaza 3, Eagle St, 13 storeys, office.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 05:43 AM   #2
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Good stuff.

You can add APH (of Aurora tower fame) looking to potentially submit a new DA for 480 Queen Street (current DA is 184m resi tower), new DA they are considering will apparently be a mixed use tower - office/residential, maybe hotel as well. APH say they want to "deliver something very special to Brisbane's skyline, which will do justice to such a prime Queen Street site". So probably another Visiony type tallie for Brisbane!
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 06:28 AM   #3
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its been a long time coming. Brisbanes CBD has been stagnant for too long. Riparian and others have ignited some spark to the city, which was very quite for the decade of the 90's.
its skyline come 2010 will be quite special.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 08:56 AM   #4
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1987-2003 nothing, and now all this, no wonder all of us Brisbane guys are in raptures lately with the development in the city. It just keeps getting better. I'm almost glad we didn't have the web/ozscrapers back in the 80's/90's, us Brisbane guys wouldn't have had much to talk about.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 08:56 AM   #5
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Yeah it might just have what it takes to overtake melbourne as the second greatest city if everything works.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 09:18 AM   #6
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plz dont start something like that...
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 09:18 AM   #7
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Yeah it might just have what it takes to overtake melbourne as the second greatest city if everything works.
Assuming construction in Melbourne comes to a complete stop for about 20 years???

Good news for Brissie though . . . I wouldn't mind seeing a render of Empire square.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 09:24 AM   #8
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Well not really if it came to a stop. Because Brisbanes going to look ALOT different by 2010 and hopefully there'll be some tallies!
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 09:46 AM   #9
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Good news for Brissie though . . . I wouldn't mind seeing a render of Empire square
Here she is, 235m, glass colour is not final, it could still be gold/blue:
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 10:45 AM   #10
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Its certainly the place to be at the moment - well if your not a skyscaper fan living on the Gold Coast that is.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 11:21 AM   #11
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Yeah it might just have what it takes to overtake melbourne as the second greatest city if everything works.
Well if you look at my signature, once you add the Gold and Sunny Coast, things get interesting!!!
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Its certainly the place to be at the moment - well if your not a skyscaper fan living on the Gold Coast that is.
Or a construction worker, engineer, architect etc..
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Watch out Sydney! Brizzy's coming ta get ya . Forget about Melbourne. The way brizzy's going it'll be on the heels of Hong Kong before you know it and I'm being serious..
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 12:14 PM   #14
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I'm not sure it'll be that big.... If it is i join the bowing. (if there's beer)
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 01:41 PM   #15
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Other parts of the city are booming or about to boom too.

Kangaroo Point is now a major centre for crane activity - crane porn I think I heard someone once call it

And in the AFR today there was a report on SOUTH BRISBANE which they think is about to experience a significant boom in activity. Southbank has already attracted $880 million dollars worth of new development recently and another $1 Billion is proposed for the next 2 years.
This includes the Queensland Rail site which could be worth up to $450 milllion dollars and could support a mixed use tower of up to 50,000 square meters.
Also currently under way is the $230 million TAFE Southbank redevelopment and the $90 million dollar extension of the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Also proposed is a 65 birth marina on the river offering casual docking facilities and the redevelopment of the boardwalk.
There is also a $65 million dollar office tower being constructed on Gray Street by Stockwell.

Also I can tell you now that plans in the pipeline for Woolloongabba are absolutely huge too - expect a rush of DA's soon!!
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 12:18 AM   #16
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speaking on behalf of melbourne: "bring it on"
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 02:02 AM   #17
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JayT, are we talking highrises for the Gabba (e.g. 20+ stories) or more 8 storey apartment projects?
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 02:30 AM   #18
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Skyscrapers dont make a city bigger
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 03:25 AM   #19
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Honestly I'll be happy if you just get Vision. Damn I love that building.

I wonder why brissy is so big on mixed use res/office?
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Old February 3rd, 2006, 03:36 AM   #20
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It seems strange that nobody has proposed a 50 floor office tower in Brisbane, with 3% vacancy rates and no sign of slowing demand surely they would have no trouble leasing a tower of that size.

If I was a developer I would definiately be looking at a big office tower, or mixed use with at least 30 floors of office space, rather than yet another residential proposal.
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