Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson will join builder RCQ Construction to turn the first sod at the site 9am today.
Already 77 per cent of homes in the development had been sold, Reed Property Group Sales Executive Cathie Price said.
“Investors and owner-occupiers – including those wanting to downsize, and mature first home owners wanting to get a head start – are relishing the opportunity to purchase quality stock so close to the CBD, Sunshine Plaza, the Ocean Street dining precinct, Maroochy River and Maroochydore’s pristine, patrolled beaches,” she said.
“It’s rare to find brand new, spacious town-houses in the heart of Maroochydore, and the response we’ve received from buyers certainly indicates demand is strong.”
“We expect the remaining two-bedroom town-houses will be snapped up quickly as construction progresses, especially now that the $20,000 First Home Owner’s Grant has been extended to 30 June 2018.”
“Locale’s central location in Allora Drive ensures it’s well connected to schools, public transport, the Sunshine Motorway and Maroochydore’s popular business and entertainment precinct.”
“The project is ideally positioned to reap the benefits of the Sunshine Coast’s major infrastructure boom that is set to drive the local economy for the next 20 years.”
The town homes will be built with two and three bedroom designs.
The two-bedroom homes include a second living area, a study, downstairs guest bathroom, landscaped gardens, pet-friendly courtyards, covered outdoor entertaining area and secure garage.
Prices start at $392,500 with body corporate fees from $2,500 per annum.
RCQ Construction general manager Gavin Wuiske said he was thrilled to start the earthworks and bring the project out of the ground “thanks to months of careful planning and a strong sales response from the market”.
He said it could take about a year for the homes to be built, with the project to be finished by the end of 2018.
“Having built numerous residential developments on the Sunshine Coast and beyond in our three decades of operation, we’re confident of delivering high quality homes in a great location, especially as the Maroochydore CBD is coming to life,” he said.
Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the commencement of construction at Locale and said it was encouraging to see Reed Property Group offering affordable housing options within close proximity to the new CBD.
“The Sunshine Coast is in the midst of an economic boom and with Maroochydore set to become the business and employment hub of the region, there is undoubtedly demand for more affordable housing nearby,” Cr Jamieson said.
“Installation of the underground infrastructure at the CBD site is now 95 per cent complete so 2018 will certainly see increased activity onsite. As the number of employees in the CBD continues to escalate, access to affordable housing in the area will be essential and projects like Locale will go some way to meet this demand, helping us build a sustainable and thriving business centre.”
“Locale residents aren’t the only ones to benefit from the development, with RCQ Construction confirming that more than 90 tradespeople are expected to be employed throughout the construction period, injecting an estimated $25 million into the local economy.”
Originally Published: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
Brisbane’s Narrowest Commercial Tower Approved
A development application has been approved for an ultra-skinny mixed use tower located in Brisbane’s CBD.
The 30-storey development, lodged by Sydney-based Lionmar Holdings, will sit atop the heritage-listed Grosvenor Hotel on the corner of George and Ann Streets.
Lionmar, who purchased the site for $4.4 million in November 2010, submitted the development application to council in December 2016.
The office development, located in Brisbane’s legal precinct, will be just nine and a half metres wide and 30 stories tall, making the tower the narrowest building of a comparable height in Brisbane.
The building, designed by Hames Sharley, will feature 9,100sq m of boutique commercial office space, three levels of restaurant space, two apartments and 17 carparks.
The development will also feature a rooftop bar on level 29 with views across the Brisbane River to South Brisbane and through the CBD as well as a 400sq m city room and garden on level 14.
Hames Sharley principal Jason Preston said the building’s narrowness meant the design needed to be innovative in dealing with the challenges of structural tension, compression and stability.
“At just nine and a half metres wide and 30 stories tall, we believe this would be the narrowest building of a comparable height in Brisbane,” Preston said.
“Given the building’s four lifts are designed as a ‘side core’ to the west boundary wall, a building of this kind will twist and sway differently to a traditional tower, which is usually anchored by a number of central lifts, stair cores and a larger floor plate.”
The building will feature a hybrid ‘exo-skeleton’ bracing system, both as a structural necessity and to visually anchor the building.
Last year, council outlined several concerns about the height and scale of the proposed tower as well as the need for construction details compromising the heritage value of the 140-year-old hotel.
The developer agreed to reduce the tower site coverage from the initially proposed 68.5 per cent to 67.9 per cen and enlisted expert guidance of heritage architect Malcolm Elliot from Vault Heritage Consulting.
Preston said Hames Sharley’s design incorporated the client’s desire for a grand entrance that honoured the heritage status of the existing building.
Construction of the development is expected to start December and once complete the building is expected to earn premium A-grade commercial development status due to its sustainability characteristics, high-end lobby finishes, express lifts and high-performing services.
Yeerongpilly Green Urban Renewal Ramps Up
A major urban renewal project in Brisbane’s south continues as the first residential stage of the $850 million development project has launched to market.
Spanning a 14-hectare site, Yeerongpilly Green, described by the Queensland government as “an exciting urban village” is under way by developer Consolidated Properties Group and CVS Lane Capital Partners.
The regeneration project, located five-kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD, will comprise 28,000sq m of commercial space, an 8750sq m retail and dining precinct, and 1.8 hectares of parkland space, with plans for 1200 dwellings to be constructed.
Consolidated Properties, led by Don O’Rorke, won the government tender to develop the Brisbane riverside site in 2015.
When completed, the precinct will be home to 3000 new residents, a range of commercial and retail businesses, and up to two-hectares of parklands.
The launch to market of three boutique buildings marks the first public release of the residential stage, with O’Rorke describing the buildings’ as designed with owner-occupiers in mind.
Park House and Garden House, which are both five levels in height, comprise 35 and 56 apartments respectively. While Green Terraces will comprise ten, three-bedroom residences.
O’Rorke says the Yeerongpilly project is in-line with the company’s plan to focus on residential development in established urban areas.
“After 40 years in development it’s my view that we need to be enriching amenities and social infrastructure through redevelopment in our existing communities, rather than contributing to sub-urban sprawl,” he said.
The Yeerongpilly project is the second Brisbane urban renewal project for Consolidated Properties Group, following the $650 million Cornerstone Living project in Sunnybank in Brisbane’s south, which is also in partnership with state government and CVS Lane Capital Partners.
“We expect to commence construction of all three buildings early next year… [so] the first residents could move in as early as 2021,” O’Rorke said.
Yeronga PDA development green lit
In nearby suburb Yeronga, a development scheme for the Yeronga Priority Development Area (PDA) on the old Yeronga TAFE site has been approved.
The scheme will act as a framework to transform a three-hectare site into an integrated mixed-use community and residential precinct.
Economic Development Queensland said it will partner with a private developer to deliver the precinct, with the successful development partner to be announced later this year.
More Apartments Approved in Sunshine Coast’s New CBD
New changes to the state government’s priority development scheme will see the delivery of up to 4000 new apartments in the new $2.1 billion Maroochydore CBD.
The Queensland government has approved changes to the Maroochydore City Centre that would see an increase in residential dwellings from 2000 to 4000 apartments within the priority development area.
Maximum building heights have been increased in areas to accommodate growth, while development will also need to meet design requirements relating to residential privacy and natural light access.
Last month investment and development company Pro-Invest announced it would develop the first new hotel in the Sunshine Coast’s new town centre.
The nine-storey, 167 room hotel will operate under the Holiday Inn brand, and is scheduled to open late 2020.
Construction kicked off on the first commercial building, the $30 million Cottee Parker-designed Foundation Place, by local developer Evans Long last month.
The new CBD builds on state government announcing the Maroochydore City Centre as a PDA in 2013, priming the precinct for infrastructure investment, economic development and the creation of a new CBD.
The PDA spans approximately 60 hectares, covering council owned land including the site of the former Horton Park Golf Club and land in Dalton Drive, purchased by the Sunshine Coast Council for $42 million in 2015.
The South East Queensland regional plan forecasts an additional 53,700 dwellings needed within Sunshine Coast urban areas by 2041.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the latest approval will assist council meeting urban infill targets.
“Maroochydore is ideally placed to deliver more apartment living options for the region, and these changes will enable the city centre to grow.”
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