Art Gallery, cenotaph and ring road part of Logan Central overhaul
Plans have been unveiled to turn a bustling hub south of Brisbane into a cultural precinct, complete with eateries, new state government offices, residential units and a new cultural centre to house the city’s art collections. SEE THE BIG CHANGES
Judith Kerr, Quest Newspapers
November 18, 2020 9:50am
The water play area.
Plans have been unveiled to turn Logan Central into a cultural precinct, complete with eateries, new state government offices, residential units and a new cultural centre to house the city’s art collections.
The overhaul, which has been given an initial $5 million, will also include moving the recently renovated memorial garden and cenotaph closer to the front of the council building.
The memorial will form part of the new Wembley Rd plaza with council chambers linked to the Logan Entertainment Centre with tree-lined paths.
An artist’s impression of the front of the Logan City Council building on Wembley Rd
The designs do not specify plans for the existing Meals on Wheels and community centre.
The plans, which have a 30-year time horizon, were released this week ahead of today’s Logan City Council meeting which will decide on public consultation, which the council is not obliged to undertake.
They include 275 dwellings and 338 carparks with a new ring road, costed at under $5 million, to run around the Logan Gardens park and link Democracy Way to Civic Parade near the water park.
Two lots of traffic lights will be installed on Jacaranda Ave at the intersections of Democracy Way and Civic Parade to stop rat running.
Lights at Wembley Rd will be moved west to allow a new main entrance to the precinct.
The first project the council is considering building is called Unity Plaza, which will cost more than $1 million and will give the council a new green look frontage to Wembley Rd.
The plans also show potential for six “development parcels” of land inside the existing Art Gallery precinct, which is expected to be moved to a new building behind the Logan Entertainment Centre.
A six or seven-storey building will house council and state government staff.
Allied health, commercial offices and educational businesses will relocate to the existing Art Gallery precinct.
A new $50 million building, of up to seven storeys, will house about 200 employees for both state and council and will be located at the site of the PCYC, which is moving to Cronulla Park, at Underwood.
The 47-page report does not document exact costings but gives ballpark dollar figures for key projects.
It also overlooks plans for connecting the northern side of Wembley Rd and the Woodridge schools to the council precinct.
A ring-road will be built.
Woodridge MP Cameron Dick said “It’s pleasing to see Logan City Council continuing their work for the Logan community through the development of the Logan Central Civic and Community Precinct Plan.
“I look forward to seeing the outcome of the community consultation.”
Logan’s year of building as school, outdoor stage, office tower, on cards
Brisbane’s southside is in for a year of building with an outdoor stage, a Hydrogen Centre, a primary school and office tower in the pipeline.
January 11, 2021 - 5:30AM
Projects that will shape Logan this year clockwise from top left: The Kingston Butter Factory; Rogercorp’s The Springwood Health Hub; The Logan Hospital carpark; The M1 Eight Mile Plains to Springwood busway; The York office tower; The Australia Post site redevelopment at Underwood.
Logan is in for a big year of change in 2021 with more than 20 large infrastructure projects set to reshape the city’s skyline and road networks, following on from last year.
If all goes to plan, residents will be watching bands on a new stage at Kingston Butter Factory, training at a new Hydrogen Centre, parking in a new hospital carpark, learning at a new primary school and living in new housing at Beenleigh.
Entertainment and sporting precincts at Underwood, the largest industrial estate in the southern hemisphere, a new state government health building, park and ride centres at train stations, and two new schools are some of the projects on the books.
We list 20 projects which will change Logan forever.
KINGSTON BUTTER FACTORY
Construction of an outdoor events space is under way for the redevelopment of the popular Kingston Butter factory, which has been closed for two years.
Kingston Butter Factory will get an outdoor stage.
The $16 million transformation will result in a world-class community precinct for arts, culture and entertainment at the 14 hectare site, which will retain its historic exterior brickwork. It will become the city’s largest purpose-built outdoor events space with capacity for up to 5000 people and able to host national and international acts, major festivals, markets and community events. The work was due to be completed last year but now will not be completed until March after contaminated material was found onsite. The slab for the heritage centre and amenities has been built and a new bridge and access road are nearly completed. The arts centre will complement the city's first Innovation Hub, called CoLab, which will start operating at the Underwood offices of global online education company Go1.com.
One of the biggest projects to open this year, which will reshape Logan, will be the $14 million PCYC centre at Cronulla Park, which is due to open in April.
A sporting and PCYC venue will open at Cronulla Park, Underwood.
Construction started in June along with work on new access roads. The project is jointly funded by Logan City Council and the state Government, which gave the land back the council in 2017. The 4700 sqm single-level building will be used for after-school care programs, martial arts and other fitness programs.
PCYC Logan will move into the premises and hand over its current Logan Central building to the council for community use. The building will have the largest newest gymnasium in the southeast with a hall to accommodate 70 people.
SPRINGWOOD HEALTH HUB
Springwood is shaping up to become home to the state’s second CBD after plans for a massive $30 million health hub started taking shape late last year.
Construction has started on The Springwood Health hub.
Brisbane developer Rogerscorp, headed by innovator Simon Rogers, will build a state-of-the-art, eight-storey building which will house medical services ranging from podiatry to dentistry, cancer care to children’s health at Paxton St. The hub is designed to be a one-stop health shop catering to all types of health needs. Because of its location and height, the project does not need impact assessments from neighbouring businesses. The development will include a food and drink outlet along with office space, shops and an underground carpark.
CRESTMEAD POINTCORP INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
Developer Pointcorphas started work on its $1.5 billion eight-stage Crestmead Logistics Estate at the former Park Ridge Wreckers site on the corner of Green and Clarke Rd. The land has been levelled and is in the process of being transformed into one of the largest logistics and warehouse hubs in the southern hemisphere.
Pointcorp’s new industrial estate at Crestmead.
When completed, the estate will have a massive 70 hectares of warehousing, believed to be the largest under roof in Australia. It is the largest industrial estate under construction in southeast Queensland and will also become a major road connection between the state government’s priority development areas of Yarrabilba and Flagstone and the Logan Motorway. Plans were also revealed for a new shopping centre at Park Ridge, opposite the existing centre.
PARK RIDGE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
A rural suburb with residential acreage blocks about 30km south of Brisbane is also going to become the home to one of the state’s largest industrial parks.
Park Ridge industrial estate is at capacity.
LOGAN HOSPITAL CARPARK
Work is under way on the $15 million, eight-storey car park, which will provide an extra 1506 spaces, at the Logan Hospital.
The Logan Hospital carpark.
The new building has already started to change the skyline forever at the major southeast Queensland hospital. The carpark, which will not be free unlike the existing ground-level outdoor one, is part of a major $250 million expansion at the Logan Hospital. The expansion will include a $95 million plan to move the Loganlea train station to the front door of the hospital and a new maternity ward which will be completed this year.
Meadowbrook will get a cash injection with Woodridge MP Cameron Dick pushing for a state government office hub at Meadowbrook.
Meadowbrook will also house the state government decentralised offices to keep staff out of the CBD. The state will spend $53.6 million in 2020-21 out of $603.6 million package for an additional 206 beds and treatment spaces and adding on another storey to a hospital building.
YORK STREET TOWER
Cranes on the skyline in Beenleigh have been building the first high-rise tower in the town in more than a decade.
The York St tower in Beenleigh.
The ground level of the seven-storey $19 million The York will include a small-scale commercial and retail area, with a pedestrian-only lane linking York St to John Lane and connected to Beenleigh Town Square. Stacked gardens will grow out of the building to “soften” its appearance. The commercial office building will also include study or home office space along with apartments. The state government has issued term leases for the building the basement carpark under John Lane and for small areas of the building above ground projecting over the boundaries of York St and John Lane. Construction started in April 2020 with the development scheduled to be completed late this year.
BEENLEIGH HYDROGEN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
A $20m investment will be made to expand the Beenleigh Trade Training Centre (Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre) for the development of the a Hydrogen Centre of Excellence.
The Beenleigh Hydrogen Centre will provide training.
Hydrogen Minister **** de Brenni said the money would be spent on a Queensland Apprenticeships Centre to train those under taking a certificate in renewable hydrogen at Beenleigh.
PACIFIC MOTORWAY AND M1 UPGRADE
The state government will spend $94.3 million in 2020-21 out of a $750 million package to upgrade the Pacific Motorway between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill to extend the busway.
A busway and extension of the M1 will take place from Eight Mile Plains to Springwood.
This will be delivered in partnership with the federal government. M1 upgrades between Springwood and Daisy Hill are due to start with initial planning commencing on the Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway stretch, including the Busway extension. Gateway merge works were completed in May last year.
TOWNHOUSES AT BETHANIA
Developer Phil Usher, known locally as Mr Townhouse because of his building projects, has lodged plans with Logan City Council to build 65 townhouses in a dead-end road, which runs past a major primary school and church at Bethania.
There are plans for townhouses to be built on this former old dairy site at Bethania.
Residents say history will be lost if a century-old building, once used as a dairy and sawmill, is knocked down to make way for the townhouses in Church Rd, named because it is the home to Queensland’s oldest Lutheran church, built in 1872.
AUSTRALIA POST SITE AT UNDERWOOD
Developer Vic Investments Management Group wants to turn the 90,000 sqm old Australia Post site at Underwood into an eight-storey hotel and tavern with townhouses, aged care facility, a medical centre and a warehouse.
The former Australia Post site at Underwood.