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Community protest to save houses at Jones St, Highgate Hill, from demolition

Community protest to save houses at Jones St, Highgate Hill, from demolition

UPDATE 5.10pm: THE managing directors behind a proposed multi-level residential development for Highgate Hill say they have approval to demolish three houses on Jones St and intend to do just that, despite protest from community members.

The land is owned by Highgate Hill Future Property and jointly managed by directors Duncan Patterson and Orazio D’Arro of Arquis Property Group.

“The demolition application was lodged through a reputable and experienced private certifier, and was approved on 26 October 2015. The demolition approval has been registered on council records since that time.”

Mr Patterson said the application for the unit development was lodged with the council in November last year and said inquiries with both the Brisbane City Council and the State Government did not show any heritage listing for the houses, believed to be pre1911 on the relevant registers or heritage overlays.

“Nor are they located within a demolition controlled precinct which would otherwise place additional controls for the removal of the houses,” Mr Patterson.

“Finally, the properties are situated in an area defined under the Brisbane City Council City Plan 2014 as a ‘Medium Density Residential Zone’ and on a site located immediately next to several five storey residential unit blocks.

“This planning designation entitles the development approval to be assessed under the Planning Scheme codes of the town plan and has been zoned as such since the late 1960s. Accordingly, the landowner has the necessary lawful approval to remove the houses and intends to act upon that approval in the proper manner.”

EARLIER: COMMUNITY members are worried five pre-1911 houses at Jones St, Highgate Hill, and Quay St, city, may be demolished.

It comes after being told by Brisbane City Council Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment chair Councillor Amanda Cooper last week they would be protected.

As workers with heavy machinery rolled up to Jones St, Highgate Hill early on February 8, more than 100 community members rallied to block access to the site.

Councillor Helen Abrahams (The Gabba) reported from the protest that community members were “beside themselves”.

Cr Amanda Cooper revealed on February 2 that council would protect the three houses at Highgate Hill — 18, 20 and 28 Jones St — and two in Brisbane’s city.

The plan was to implement a draft Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) to preserve the character of sites containing pre-1911 buildings at Highgate

Hill and the city. It would require approval by the State Government before it could be introduced.


But Cr Abrahams said council realised the developer already had approval to demolish the houses and its plan would not save them.

“We’re still looking for independent advice as to if there’s any way that we can get rid of that building approval,” she said.

Cr Abrahams said the Highgate Hill protesters were asked to move by police and told only asbestos removal would be done to the houses on February 8.

“Which gives time for the independent advice and also for the TLPI to be in place,” Cr Abrahams said.

Community protest to save houses at Jones St, Highgate Hill, from demolition

She said the protesters agreed to head home for the day but would be back at 7am on February 9.

“We agreed to meet on the streets to see what action we can take then,” Cr Abrahams said.

A spokeswoman from Cr Quirk’s office said council had received an application for a new development on the Jones St site.

“This has not been approved. In fact council has indicated that the initial proposal would be an overdevelopment of the site, does not reflect the character of the local area and is not in line with the Neighbourhood Plan,” the council spokeswoman said.

Brisbane City Council has been approached this morning for further comment.

The developer Highgate Hill Residences Development Pty Ltd has been contacted for comment via the development applicant, Trent Forrest of Cardno HRP.


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Plans Lodged for $300m Gold Coast Surf Park Village

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The Gold Coast development sector has been riding a perfect wave for the past year and now a new $300-million project wants to paddle on to it.

Six months after plans for a wave pool were unveiled for Parkwood—a suburb only a 15-minute drive to the city’s famed surfing beaches—a development application has been lodged with the Gold Coast City Council revealing the finer details of the Palm Springs-inspired integrated surf village.

The centrepiece of the resort-style proposal is a 4ha dual-zone surfing lagoon capable of generating “up to a 26-second end-to-end barrelling six-foot wave ride”.

Earmarked to sit alongside the existing 18-hole golf course of the 56ha The Club at Parkwood Village, the development is banking on a pent-up groundswell of tourism activity hitting the Gold Coast over coming years after borders reopen.

According to submitted documents, the mixed-use project aims to deliver “a landmark destination for surfers, tourists and the local community to play, dine, relax, shop, work and recreate”.

The bold vision requires council approval for an increase in “the scale and intensity” of an existing approval for the Napper Road site—boosting its allowable density from 135 units to 222 apartments across eight new buildings plus 12 four-bedroom surf villas overlooking the wave pool.

A hike in the existing building height limit from five storeys (18.2m) to eight storeys (28.5m) also is being requested to enable the planned development.

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▲ Surrounded by Palm Springs-inspired village of mixed-use buildings, the centrepiece of the $300-million Parkwood development is a 4ha dual-zone surfing lagoon. 

The masterplan includes a five-storey “Surf HQ” with wave pool reception, administration, patron induction/orientation space, change rooms, board storage, lockers, food and beverage options as well as co-working areas. It has been designed with a landscaped rooftop and building curves that portray “waves crashing into a headland”.

BDA Architecture’s design concept also flows across the surrounding apartment buildings with “a simple rhythm of moving curves that start as flat, moving into a ripple, then into a wave formation … increasing in intensity as it gets closer to the headland (Surf HQ)”.

“A simple composition of curved balconies, planters, screens, arches, breezeblocks, white brick facades and a landscaped rooftops defines the Palm Springs inspired buildings,” the DA states.

The integrated surf park resort also features a brewhouse, events centre, retail and commercial tenancies, 120-place childcare centre, a sports, health and medical hub (including the Gold Coast Titans training facilities), redesigned golf course and clubhouse, as well as relocated pro shop and wedding chapel.

Parkwood Village, headed by founder Luke Altschwager, has partnered with Canada-based wave pool manufacturer WhiteWorld to develop the surf, recreation and entertainment precinct.

Its giant wave lagoon will incorporate cutting-edge Endless Wave technology with “infinite programmable variability” to cater for all skill levels, with the capacity to have 75 people surfing per hour on multiple 12-second barrelling waves all happening simultaneously.

The Parkwood proposal is one of a few contenders fighting for the bragging rights to become Queensland’s first surf park, including a World Surf League-backed Surf Ranch at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast proposed by Brisbane developer Consolidated Properties Group.


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Drew Group submit plans for two-tower apartment development, Lagoon Main Beach

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Lagoon Main Beach will be a higher density project for Drew Group, homing 248 apartments across two towers

The longstanding South East Queenslander developer, Drew Group, have submitted plans for their next project.

It’s set in the heart of Main Beach at 11 Cronin Avenue, where they have plans to develop two soaring apartment towers dubbed Lagoon Main Beach.

Drew Group, led by Jonathan Drew since 2005, have history in the area and know it well, having previously created the 16-level, 29-apartment developer Cerulean on Pacific Street.

“As a local I feel an overwhelming responsibility to deliver an outstanding result for the Main Beach community and the future residents of Lagoon and this concept will be the central focus throughout the project until future residents move in,” Drew said.

The company, founded in the early 1980s, have recently developed The Beach Houses, a collection of 15 luxury villas at Kirra Point, and their latest project The Village, 72 apartments and beach houses at Palm Beach. That was the fastest selling project in the Gold Coast over 2019 and 2020, securing all of the apartments in just three months.

Lagoon Main Beach will be one of their highest density projects, homing 248 apartments across two towers. It will be set however across a sprawling 4,000 plus sqm site, an amalgamation not seen since the 1980s. Drew Group will reduce the seven existing cross overs to just three.

The towers will be linked by a central resort-style heated swimming pool and spa area, hence the name Lagoon. Here will also be barbecue areas, pool lounges, and a 65 sqm gym with treatment rooms.

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The proposed central heated pool area. Image credit: Plus Architecture 

Tower 1 will be the larger of the two towers, soaring 31 levels in to the sky and having 137 apartments. It’s a mix of 100 two-bedroom apartments, which start from 91 sqm of internal space, and 34 three-bedrooms which start from 154 sqm of living area. The typical floorplan will see five apartments per floor, up until level 27, where the larger three-bedroom sub-penthouses start.

The three four-bedroom penthouses start from level 30 and are spread across two levels. The ground level homes three of the four bedrooms, as well as the kitchen living and dining space. Upstairs is the master suite, a media room, and a huge terraces reaching over 100 sqm terrace with outdoor kitchen, dining area, and private plunge pool.

Tower 2 will rise 23 levels and have 111 apartments, a breakdown of 89 two-bed apartments and 22 three-bedders.

Both will have level 15 residential lounge, where there will be a focus on the new work from home life, with a number of work from home booths, a meeting room, multi purpose rooms and terraces.

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The proposed view of the second tower. Image credit: Plus Architecture 

Drew Group appointed Plus Architects to design the development with sustainability, environmental, infrastructure and urban renewal at the forefront of their brief resulting in a well crafted design that answers the needs of modern apartment living.

The towers have been oriented to maximise the views by Plus, who say it’s all about the water.

“[It’s] beach side living with resort-style lifestyle”, Plus wrote in their submission to the Gold Coast City Council.

“The design is approached with simple vision inspired by the rolling waves and soft natural forms of the coastline,” the executive summary by Plus read.

“The towers are shaped to enhance the visual experience of its residents, forming undulating waves along the Northern and Southern facades generating a highly articulated form. The stagger of building form direct views from each apartment, providing a curated experience of the coastline and hinterlands.”

The towers will be set in landscaping by FORM Landscape Architecture, who have focused on the landscape vision to connect to the poolside, create a statement identity on arrival, instal vertical greenery on the tower, and engage ground landscape and street interface.

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The proposed lobby entry of the second tower. Image credit: Plus Architecture 

Executive Summary

The design is approached with simple vision inspired by the rolling waves and soft natural forms of the coastline. The towers are shaped to enhance the visual experience of its residents, forming undulating waves along the Northern and Southern facades generating a highly articulated form.

The stagger of building form direct views from each apartment, providing a curated experience of the coastline and hinterlands. These elegant forms are reinforced by adopting a refined and timeless palette.

The proposed design provides a high level of lifestyle and amenity with generous recreational facilities on the podium including an expansive lagoon inspired pool and spa with integrated lounges and cabanas linking the two towers. Connected to this is a gymnasium, BBQ and dining areas. Additional recreation space punctuates the tower forms at the 15th level offering all residents access to work from home suites, shared lounges and terraces to further experience the expansive views.

This document is to be read in conjunction with the development application report prepared by UPS for the development of a 2 tower, 23 and 31 storey residential development at 11-23 Cronin Avenue, Main Beach. The locality contains a mixture of existing and future developments up to 36 storeys.

About the developer

Drew Group have been delivering apartments across SEQ for the last 15 years. Drew Group is a family owned property development and investment company that has been operating in Queensland since 1982. Jonathan Drew has been managing director of the company since 2005.

“Our focus on opportunities has been market driven, giving us a wide scope of experience across a range of project types including residential, retail, commercial and hotel developments,” Drew Group note.

“As a group we focus on attention to detail with all our projects and look for opportunities to exceed in design, location and results. Through a very “hands on” approach to all aspects of the development process we manage to successfully obtain optimal outcomes for our buyers and investors.”


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Interstate buyers keen on Chevron Island’s boutique off the plan apartment tower, H^BIT^T

Interstate buyers have shown a major interest in H^BIT^T, one of Chevron Island’s newest boutique apartment developments.

“They’re wanting to relocate”, REMAX agent Russel Segal, who is handling sales of the 37-apartment building, told Urban.

“Interstate buyers are thinking short-term investment and long-term relocation”, Segal added, suggesting buyers are keen on living within the tight-knit village-like community of Chevron Island, but to be close to all the lifestyle amenities and the busy entertainment hub of Surfers Paradise.

Segal said the development has also been a hit with locals, who are keen on the continually developing Chevron Island.

Interstate buyers

HABITAT 17-19 Anembo Street, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 

The building is the passion project of local construction and development veterans, who have spent the last five decades developing and building residential and commercial projects across South East Queensland.

“This is their own private project. The developers have focused on providing a habitat that will sustain and enrich the residents’ lifestyles. They were keen to share their sense of place and make a lasting contribution to the amazing Chevron Island”, Segal said.

The eight-level H^BIT^T at 17-19 Anembo Street, opposite the Korman Family Park, will have 37 two and three-bedroom apartments, with prices starting from $595,000 for the two-bedrooms, in which the $15,000 government first home owners grant can be applied, and $920,000 for the three-bedrooms.

Most apartments will have uninterrupted views of the Surfers Paradise skyline, the hinterland and Main River.

Completion is expected by the end of 2022 and buyers will be able to choose between urban and coastal colour palettes and high level finishes.


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