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May as well move this here.

I think this is what Sean is talking about. It isn't the news from today but it's on that project.

Green team picked for Townsville eco-tower construction

TONY RAGGATT

04Jun08

DEVELOPER Sterling Securities has assembled a green team for its $80 million eco tower planned for 445 Flinders St.

Sterling Securities, associated with Brisbane property identity Stephen Gosling, announced its consultant team yesterday.

It included architects ML Design, ESD consultancy Cundall, builders ADCO Constructions, engineering firm Robert Bird Group, hydraulics and water conservation technology specialist Steve Paul & Partners and mechanical and electrical engineers MGF Consultants.

"Their brief is clear, we've instructed the team to combine their expertise to ensure the project achieves a 4.5 star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating certified design and a four star Green Star office design at a minimum," he said.

"Securing such ambitious green building design targets would lift the bar even higher for office development in Townsville and I believe we've got the team to do it."

Sterling Securities recently announced its purchase of a 4040sqm inner-city site for $7.5 million.

The company has lodged a development application with Townsville City Council to construct a 12-level `eco' office tower on a 2500sq m portion of the block fronting Flinders Street.

The project is to be launched in Townsville this month.

Mr Gosling said 445 Flinders Street was set to play an integral role in the on-going renewal of Townsville where $4 billion in public and private investment was under way or planned, including the Lancini Group's $250 million Flinders Plaza development and the council's Flinders Mall make-over.


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http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2008/06/04/13631_investor.html
 

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^^ I was gonna say, Sterling Securities are actually the developer, not Thompson.

Anyway as i said in the Townsville Projects thread, this is at 445 Flinders Street (which is Flinders Street West, pretty much adjacent to the Former T&G site), and also occupies the former Wintergarden site on Sturt Street, which is right next door to the Highgate site.
 

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Ive got the video for it all just waiting for it to upload! Construction set to begin in September.
 

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O.M.G!!! That is a mind-blowing design!! This is by far the best project this city has seen in this current boom. Great to see Sterling raising the bar when the developers of so many of our residential towers seem to be lowering the bar. And thanks for the video Sean. I'm excited, I think this calls for some dancing produce :)

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Here is the article about the original announcement of the tower back on May 23rd:

City's the place to be | Tony Raggatt | 23 May 2008

AN $80 million `eco' tower is planned for inner-city Townsville. Brisbane developer and former Suncorp executive Stephen Gosling announced the 12-level tower proposal yesterday along with news of his purchase of a 4040sq m site fronting Flinders St and Sturt St for $7.5 million. The site is partly vacant, where the former Wintergarden Theatre used to stand on Sturt St, while the Hollimans Arcade building occupies the property fronting Flinders St.

Mr Gosling, who has been involved in developments in Cairns and Mackay, is convinced Townsville is the place to be. "It's probably the most go-ahead place in Australia," he said. He added that the city centre where the $200 million Flinders Plaza retail and entertainment project would be developed was set for `enormous' revitalisation and renewal. "We want to be part of that," he said.

Mr Gosling's family company, Sterling Securities, bid for the site at 445 Flinders St late last year in a deal negotiated by John Quinlan of Knight Frank. Sterling Securities has also lodged an application with Townsville council to construct a 12 level, `sustainable' office tower on a 2500sq m portion of the site fronting Flinders St. The application describes the project as the city's first premium grade ecologically sustainable development.

Mr Gosling said Townsville was desperately short of commercial office space and that `445 Flinders' would provide 11,000sq m of A grade standard offices. The project aimed to achieve a 4.5 star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating certified design and highly rated Green Star Office design. Mr Gosling hoped to gain council approvals by the third quarter of 2008 with construction to start late this year for completion by late 2009. The tower would include 700sq m of ground floor retail and showroom area.

"The Flinders St site offers a great opportunity to create the kind of high-quality office project not yet seen in the Townsville city centre," he said. "It will play an integral role in the on-going renewal of the Townsville CBD where $2.5 billion in private investment is under way or planned." Mr Gosling said he planned to assemble a team of high-profile national and local professionals to help deliver the project and that it was likely major national investors would join the development team.

The project _ one of several major developments chasing demand for new A-grade office accommodation in the city _ is to be formally launched in June. Mr Gosling is a director of Central Properties Corporation, a company associated with the development Brisbane's Rivergate Industry Park and the Rivergate marina and shipyard facility.
 

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To me it looks so much taller than twelve stories, He mentioned that when they build the tower it had to be done in a "Eco" way, I wonder what sort of Tower crane is eco friendly? Anyway construction to begin September.
 

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Its sounds from a few remarks from Crisafulli and City council that were in for a few more tower that are equivalent size of this one and the Suncorp tower.
 

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... and probably explains why Council has extended the "mall revamp" to include Flinders Street West (well, this and Central).
 

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^^ On the same block, Verde wont be fronting Sturt Street, that side however will more likely be Car Parking.

So you'd have Highgate on Sturt, Verde on one side of FSW, and Lancin's T&G replacement on the other side, at the corner of Stanley Street.
 

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Construction is imminent (Should start the end of this year), I was kinda hoping for some activity on this site because I noticed they had the old dumpy levels out on Thursday and blocked of some of the road for this development for site servicing I would imagine. Anyway here is a site update plus I marked in red were this tower will cover, So it will have entrances from both street, I didn’t realize it would be so wide! Cool!

 

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...I didn’t realize it would be so wide! Cool!
Erm, it's actually bigger than your mudmap suggests. If you look at the render a few comments earlier, you'll notice that it actually butts right up to the old heritage building on the cnr of Flinders and Stanley Street - and it's probably safe to assume that the building on the right (on Flinders St) will also be included.
 

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Ok, Sorry I got that inncorrect, I just realized that empty lot in the render will house Lancini's 16st Eco tower.

 

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Actually...you're both wrong :) The Verde site includes what GoTroppo has circled (retangled??) except NOT the Highgate site. To confirm this I measured the area of the site on TAM, and it is 4040sqm like the article says. BUT, the Verde office tower will only be built on the lots fronting Flinders St, it will not extend all the way back to Sturt St (you can see the building is nowhere near that long in the render)

 

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So the person that is on the ground looking at the render is looking towards Sean and his camera which will be up the hill but out of view because it is behind the render?
 
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