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Old October 29th, 2019, 08:01 AM   #3081
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Doesn't seem that bad to me honestly. Design is average but the poor renders don't help at all. Apartments are a decent size too.
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Old October 30th, 2019, 12:18 AM   #3082
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Eh I disagree, to me it looks dated already. Compared to what was posted above it, the designs look chalk and cheese to me. (Which you can clearly see discrepancy on the type of market they're attracting ie strand project, premium owner occ buyer, hale street project - anyone/everyone/investor).

Given the history of these jobs in Townsville, they end up even more cheapened, so where they've shown a vertical garden on the plans... it'll never be done. It's western facing - couldn't grow anything on it (without an exorbitant cost the developer wouldn't pay) and we end up with something built, like the prison/heap of poo they built on Melton terrace (nice cgi effect they did on the grass, albeit it's all dead dust now)..

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Old October 30th, 2019, 12:25 AM   #3083
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Contrary to above, i've been doing abit of work in the disability field in terms of design and have seen it's catching on up north.
Speaking of Hale street, i've seen this nice little proposal. Hope it goes ahead, looks good.

see more here https://abilitysda.com.au/townsville/



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Old October 30th, 2019, 12:51 AM   #3084
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Completely agree about the Melton Terrace one, and it's sister on Walker St. I guess Quest in Northward could be considered a cousin too...

I think the Hale street building is a bit better though, the pool deck breaks up the car parking and the glass balconies are a step up from the other prison buildings. It is a step down from the Strand dev but it's not an offensive design like others imo.
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Old October 30th, 2019, 12:53 AM   #3085
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They've also left the pool fence out of that image (the one around the driveway)
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Old October 30th, 2019, 05:43 AM   #3086
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My suspicion is that 30-32 Hale Street looks bad and will turn out worse. A green wall would be cool, but would clash quite poorly with the blue glass.



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Old October 30th, 2019, 08:20 AM   #3087
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Gee, those two proposed developments in Hale street certainly are chalk and cheese.
You can see how much experience and thought has gone into each building even though 50 Hale is a specialist development...

Regardless; I hope the owners of 32-34 Hale didn't pay too much for that tripe. 1990's type Pimlico home unit sort of design....

If there's one thing the CBD needs, its some thought put into any mid-rise apartment buildings proposed on such sites.
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Old October 30th, 2019, 08:39 AM   #3088
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^couldnt agree more
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Old October 30th, 2019, 09:15 AM   #3089
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It looks very similar to a near completed public housing project on Cairns Street up here.
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Old October 31st, 2019, 04:19 AM   #3090
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In addition to the lego methodology to this Hale Street design, the 3D presentation just childlike. Almost 'high school graphics assignment' like....

In comparison, the proposal at 50 Hale is top shelf. Clever design functionality, use of the site and overall presentation. Possibly, a bit to be said for such a heavy building fabric [particularly facing west] but at least there has been some thought shading and articulation of material palette to achieve a pleasing looking building.

The quality of the CGI industry is so high nowadays there's no reason for submissions for DA to meet a higher standard.
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Old October 31st, 2019, 07:32 AM   #3091
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It's pretty common for smaller developments to only use basic renders for applications.

I would sure hope they have better ones for marketing.
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Just like your bio say, you certainly are an optimist Eastern....
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https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kearn...736316416-cKw5

This looks good, Illich Park in Aitkenvale, Kearney Architecture, they have dome some interesting designs in other places.
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This project at 70 The Strand is approved and now moving forward to sales and marketing. It is to be called Anelay The Strand, because apparently the current units called Seahorses were originally called Anelay Flats. Website is now up. They are planning to demolish in February or March, then build the restaurant and bar, to be completed by late 2020, and apartment building early 2021.

website: https://www.anelaythestrand.com.au/

Two-level restaurant expected to open The Strand next year - Townsville Bulletin, 13th Dec 2019
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An update on the new Sealink terminal this week. Similiar to the DoubleTree, its a "you're telling me this thing still wasn't approved!?" update So the Sealink terminal was just approved by the state government, but apparentely the ferry berths themselves still aren't approved. Nevertheless, Sealink have said that "optimistically it was hoped construction could begin later this month." Which would be great, but in Townsville, if a developer definitively says construction is starting this month, then its probably not happening. If a developer optimistically says construction is starting this month, then there's no way that happening

Aside from that though, its good to have 'proof-of-life' for both Sealink and Doubletree. Having not heard any news about them for a while I started assuming they were probably scrapped, but its good to know there's still a chance one or both of them could happen.

Townsville Marine Tourism Precinct to include multi-level carpark and bus interchange, plans reveal - Townsville Bulletin, 6th January 2020

Townsville Marine Tourism Precinct development application approved by State Government - Townsville Bulletin, 7th January 2020
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Like anything that the govt is involved in delays are common and costs normally blow out, the price we pay I guess for most of our projects in Townsville needing some sort of govt funding to proceed. If I understand the plans correctly there are a couple of buildings that will need to be demolished firstly before any sort of ground services can commence so next month I very much doubt.
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Have they got an operator for the hotel yet?
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Not that I am aware of, and no primary contractor for the build as yet either, RCQ get most of Honeycombes work but no word from them either, but there is still 20 days left in the month, plenty of time to organise those small details ����
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Yes, they said this month, not next month. Improbable even if demolition and site prep started immediately. And no time at all for public notification of the carpark closure - just send out a tweet that a bulldozer is going to push everyones car into Ross Creek in 5 minutes time.
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No demolition though - the micro brewery is going in the existing warehouse on site. Good adaptive reuse, although its a shame they couldn't use one of our many empty heritage buildings. If there is work starting already it must be for the surface parking on the vacant lot, because the brewery isn't approved yet. The DA is on public notification, available online - MCU18/0042.

Liquor giant plans new inner city brewery to pump out up to 200,000 litres of beer a year - Townsville Bulletin, 6th May 2018

Townsville drinkers will get first sip of a new line of North Qld beers if brewery gets green light - Townsville Bulletin, 12th May 2018

The Tiny Mountain Brewery is now open (named after Castle Hill, which supposedly was too small to be called a mountain, a rule which no other "mountains" seem to follow *cough* Mount Low *cough* 69m) Anyway I digress. The brewery looks pretty good.



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