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^^ It's not like the team is moving out of Brisbane to Ipswich, it is simply a secondary facility that they are leasing from the council - the mens team's homeground will remain the Gabba.
 

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Really they would be the Ipswich Lions surely. I wonder if the AFL, and I don't see this for a long time but now possible, want a second Brisbane AFL team.
I think the idea is that the Gold Coast Suns are the second SEQ (Brisbane) AFL team.
 

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Update on the Ipswich mall redevelopment

Nicholas Street works ahead of schedule
Brenton Waters July 29, 2019

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Works to reinstate Nicholas Street in the CBD are ahead of schedule with contractor JMAC Constructions about to begin the second phase of the road and landscaping installation process.

JMAC Constructions was originally due to complete their contract in mid-September 2019 once the Nicholas Street roadway was installed, however the company has now been awarded additional work.

It means the company will also complete all landscaping and paving components of the works.

It is an exciting step forward for the project and should see large parts of the existing fencing removed before Christmas 2019, though vehicular access on the new road between Brisbane and Bell streets will not be available until the second half of 2020.

In the coming weeks, pedestrians can expect to see more changes to the Nicholas Street site as walkway locations are shifted to allow for further concreting works to be completed.


Some additional changes to pedestrian access will also take place at the top of the former mall, where it currently meets Brisbane Street, to allow for the final section of concrete road base to be poured.

This will mean pedestrians who want to traverse Nicholas Street at the Brisbane Street end will need to cross the street to do so as the footpaths will be closed for between four and six weeks.

While short-term changes to access points are expected to take place in the coming weeks, the project is hitting some significant milestones which will bring it closer to delivery, with sections of the mall expected to be opened to pedestrians as early as December.

With the coming changes to the location of the walkways, access to and from the car park, the Bell Street public transport hub and Brisbane Street will be maintained in any new configurations.

New signage will also be installed to provide clear directions for pedestrians and visitors.
 

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Stage 3 of Redbank Plains Rd Upgrade looks to start construction in the new year. The design of the Redbank Plains Road Upgrade Stage 3 (Kruger Parade to Keidges Road) project is complete and there are some changes for motorists and residents since the concept was released in July 2018.

Ipswich City Council has been out and about talking to residents and businesses likely to be impacted by the changes.

A newsletter (the third to be released for this project) has been distributed to about 5,000 residents/businesses this week.

The project team is also hosting two community information sessions to allow people the opportunity to discuss the project in more detail, at Redbank Plains Town Square, Thursday 7 Nov 2-7pm and Saturday 9 Nov 8am-1pm.

General Manager of Infrastructure and Environment Charlie Dill said council has progressed work on the detailed design and also the timing of the planned works.

He said two key changes involved exit arrangements from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road and the timing of construction.

“Motorists are currently able to turn left from Redbank Plains Road into Morgan Street as well as turning left from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road. This upgrade will introduce changes to these arrangements.

“It is expected that motorists will be able to continue turning left from Redbank Plains Road into Morgan Street. However, motorists will no longer be able to turn out of Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road.

“During detailed design it was established that there was not enough sight distance for motorists turning from Morgan Street into Redbank Plains Road, which is a safety issue. Council considered many design options in an attempt to leave the Morgan Street-Redbank Plains Road intersection unchanged.”

Mr Dill said service relocations required for the upgrade will occur from late 2019 until mid-2020.

Roadworks will then commence during the financial year 2020/2021.
 

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A few months old now but Nicholas Street has now reopened as part of the Ipswich mall redevelopment.
Nicholas Street is officially open for business.

The first visible part of the $150 million Ipswich CBD redevelopment has been completed and is now accessible to the public.

The remaining fences came down late Tuesday night and final touches, including furniture installation, were completed on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s official opening.

Interim Administrator Greg Chemello said the timing, a few days before Christmas, was great news as Ipswich residents had an ideal opportunity to check it out during the holidays.

“Nicholas Street is now open, it looks great and we would encourage everyone to come down and have a look at what’s been achieved,” Mr Chemello said.

“We’d like to give a special thanks to the council contractors who’ve done such a great job in some pretty tough weather conditions, and thank you to the tenants too for being so patient.”

The opening of the precinct follows Ipswich City Council’s announcement this week to significantly improve the surrounding retail area with new cafes, restaurants, shops, cinema complex and even an indoor go kart track, and financially support a shop facade improvement program.

Mr Chemello said it would be an exciting prospect for Ipswich residents with an entertainment precinct set for Nicholas Street and a nearby civic space the size of Brisbane’s King George Square with more greenery.

Trottie Becke business owner Alexis Cornish said it was great to have the fences down and in the first few days she had noticed more foot traffic in the street and more customers in her shop spending money.

How Nicholas Street took shape:

• The road took about 12 months to build and is made up of about 43,000 pavers.

• The fencing was up for the year largely as a safety measure.

• The road is constructed of varying shades of grey granite, some of it imported from overseas.

• Granite was chosen because of its hardiness and durability, which is superior to pavers as they can crack more easily.

• The new trees in Nicholas Street were specifically chosen for their size. They will be able to grow their root balls into the size and shape of the planter boxes and will grow to 5-6m with a shade span of 5-6m.

• The trees going into the Civic Plaza will be more mature because the planter boxes are larger and again will be about 5-6m in height with a similar shade span.

• The new seating lights up at night with special lights installed underneath. These can be colour-coded to tie in with events in the precinct (they are currently programmed red and green to celebrate Christmas).

• The new garden beds have irrigation systems installed to ensure they get plenty of water during the extreme Ipswich summer.

• Traffic will eventually be allowed into Nicholas Street, but probably not until later next year.

Work is well underway on the library and civic plaza, both of which will open in October 2020, and the council administration building which is expected to open in mid-2021.

There has been considerable progress across the whole development in the past week, with 125 workers now on site.

On the administration building site:

Concrete poured for lift and stair core
Reinforcement work for next pour to basement 2
Continue footing detail excavation and pile trimming to basement 3
In ground drainage continued
On the civic plaza site:

More concrete pours completed
Poured pads for next two shear walls to existing car park
Stair/lift at plaza level block work completed
Stripped scaffolding to block wall of library east
 

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The Courier Mail yesterday reported on the beginning of a redevelopment of a property running between Bell Street and East Street, the FriendlyCare Pharmacy site adjacent to the station, which should help improve that stretch of Bell Street.

Old-style buildings to be transformed into A-grade health hub

A developer has started work on transforming two tired buildings into a state-of-the-art southeast Queensland health hub. SEE WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE.

Chris Herde, The Courier-Mail
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February 27, 2020 9:49am

WORK has started on the transformation of two Ipswich CBD buildings into a state-of-the-art health hub.

Helmsman Invest has finalised the $4.1 million purchase of two free-standing buildings at 11-13 Bell St and Abri Projects has kicked off the $5 million refurbishment that will add 800sq m of office space to create a 3000sq m A-grade three-level asset which backs onto East St.

MyHealth Medical Centre and FriendlyCare Pharmacy have secured two new long-term leases within the new building which should be completed by September this year.

Helmsman Invest managing director Bernard McKeering said the refurbishment includes the creation of a lobby entry joining the buildings, new facade, new toilet amenities, new passenger lift, new plant and equipment, ceilings, flooring and lighting throughout.

He said there will be floorplates of up to 1200sq m as well as the medical centre and pharmacy there will be about 2200sq m of quality office and health-related space available,

“From the moment Ipswich City Council announced the development of its new headquarters, the new public library and the full redevelopment of Nichols St we took particular interest in this precinct looking for property acquisition opportunities,” he said.

“The property is located directly opposite all of this council development which will stimulate some strong retail, medical and commercial office growth within the precinct”.

Knight Frank’s Matt Barker introduced Helmsman to the property.

Mr McKeering said the East St frontage will be opened and there will be extensive car-parking available.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the central CBD redevelopment, the new “Eats” precinct will provide workers and shoppers with food and entertainment,” he said.

“We are now getting some strong tenant interest in the remaining vacant tenancies from various office uses and a number of health-related tenants, we can offer tenancies from 300sq m to 2000sq m”.
Here is a render:


This is how it looks currently:
https://www.google.com/maps/@-27.61...=172.3869&pitch=0&thumbfov=100!7i16384!8i8192
 

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A sad article here in the Brisbane Times about the terrible state of the Ipswich Transit Centre.

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/po...mains-a-derelict-eyesore-20200309-p548dd.html
I dare say that if the local council weren't too busy lining their own pockets and had the interests of the city in mind, this wouldn't be a problem. Not saying that the QLD government didn't do their part in all of this.

Largely, fairly or unfairly, the great focus is on developing Brisbane as a city, the fringe regions are really not going to get any attention. Just facts unfortunately.

The only two areas outside of Brisbane that will get any attention are the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, as there are tourism dollars there. Other than that, you can forget about it.
 

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It is a very sad state of affairs, but why is Bligh getting the blame? Wasn't it a promise for the 2009 election which she lost?


Both Newman and Palaszczuk should be getting the blame for this.
Bligh won the 2009 election.

She lost the 2012 election to Newman.

Newman lost in 2015 to Palaszczuk.

Palaszczuk won again in 2017.
 

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What will the height be of the new council administration building? Also, what are the current height limits for buildings within the Ipswich CBD?
 

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What will the height be of the new council administration building? Also, what are the current height limits for buildings within the Ipswich CBD?
The administration building is meant to be 11 storeys. I suspect about 20 - 30 storeys be the limit for Ipswich if not lower. Amberley is close by so there would be a height restriction for towers in the area. Demand would also be low for the Ipswich CBD in relation to tall towers. More here
 
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