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Government Bans High-Rise Development at The Spit

Government Bans High-Rise Development at The Spit (1)

All future high-rise developments along The Spit will be restricted to a three-storey limit following community backlash against the masterplan.

More than 23,000 pieces of feedback were submitted during an 18-month masterplanning process, prompting the state government to change regulations for the area.

Originally The Spit’s masterplan for an “Ocean Park” included turning 140-hectares into light rail stations, super-yacht berths, and a proposal for an ocean cruise ship terminal.

While The Spit masterplan was drafted, ASX-listed developer Sunland withdrew an application for a proposed $600 million residential project on the site which included two 44-storey towers.

Last month Sunland put the 3.9-hectare Mariner’s Cove retail village and marina precinct on the market.

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Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said the changes were made because The Spit had an unsurpassed natural beauty that the Gold Coast community was rightly passionate about.

“The message was clear: the community broadly supported a three-storey height limit being imposed,” he said.

“The new regulation delivers on our commitment to support the community’s expectation for low-rise development on The Spit.”

Amendments were made to the Planning Regulation 2017 to prohibit development over three-storeys or 15 metres.

“The height limit will apply to buildings and structures within the building height control area, including Sea World, Sheraton Mirage and all land south towards Southport Yacht Club,” Dick said.

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“Outdoor rides within Sea World will be exempt from the height limit, however, new buildings in the theme park will have to adhere to the three-storey limit.

“This regulation change will ensure future development integrates with the existing landscape and maintains the prominence of The Spit’s natural values.”

Gold Coast Waterways Authority chief executive Hal Morris said they would be collaborating on the implementation of the masterplan.

“The waters and foreshores around The Spit are a real asset, so it’s important the connection between the land and water is maintained,” he said.

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate welcomed the news and said council’s $35 million investment for transport and access upgrades along The Spit would also improve the visitor experience for locals and tourists alike.

“Maintaining the height limit will ensure the natural character and charm of The Spit continues in line with community expectations,” he said.

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

 

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Uni Backs Gold Coast Student Housing Tower Plan

Uni Backs Gold Coast Student Housing Tower Plan (1)

Developer GC1st has lodged plans for a 12-storey student accommodation tower on the Gold Coast to be branded by Southern Cross University.

The application for a 173-unit tower at 99 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga includes 223 bedrooms, communal areas for studying, dining and recreation as well as a cafe and kiosk on the ground floor.

The design by BDA architects shows a mix of single and queen studio apartments as well as single rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms.

The building, to be located near Gold Coast Airport and Kirra beach, would have a single level of basement parking as there was an “emphasis being placed on bicycle parking due to the student population and strong transport links in this location”, according to the application.

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Southern Cross University vice chancellor professor Adam Shoemaker said although they agreed to brand the tower with the university’s colours, they provided no financial outlay.

“The growth of our Gold Coast campus continues and there are very limited opportunities for students in terms of accommodation,” Shoemaker said.

“Although the Covid-19 crisis has caused a significant drop in international students, now is the time to get the planning and construction under way for such a project so that we are ready as soon as possible after the borders do re-open.”

Prior to the pandemic, international student enrolments reached 350,000 in Australia and the sector was trying to catch up with demands for accommodation.

Covid-19 hit the sector hard with international arrivals dropping to new lows and only a few universities participating in scaled student trials.

In recent months some student accommodation towers have also been repurposed for temporary crisis housing or mandatory 14-day quarantine for returned travellers.

Shoemaker said this latest development had merit and the university would work together to promote it to prospective students in the future.

“Equally, we have many domestic students from interstate and other parts of Queensland who would like to live much closer to campus,” Shoemaker said.

“We have accommodation at our Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses and this service would be a welcome addition to the southern Gold Coast.”

 

 

 

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Brisbane’s Most Sought-After Development Projects

Brisbane’s Most Sought-After Development Projects (1)

Queensland is continuing to draw the attention of international buyers as global unrest from the Covid-19 crisis fuels a spike in inquiry for new property from foreign investors.

Residential property in both Brisbane and the Gold Coast has remained high on the radar of foreign investors—especially those located in Hong Kong—with international searches lifting 22 per cent year-on-year, according to REA Group.

REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said there was strong anecdotal evidence many expats were re-evaluating their circumstances due to the coronavirus, and the low Australian dollar combined with record low interest rates proved an attractive value proposition.

Conisbee said the majority of people searching for property in Queensland were based in New Zealand, the UK, the US and Hong Kong.

High-rise developments in the inner-city suburb of South Brisbane were amongst the most-viewed products online, with Pradella Group’s under-construction Halo Residences project and R&F Property Australia’s $500 million Brisbane 1 apartment tower scoring high attention.

Conisbee noted that beach locations such as Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, and Noosa on the Sunshine Coast were the most in-demand among overseas buyers.

Gold Coast coast projects including Sunland Group’s soon-to-be-completed Magnoli Apartments and Spyre Group’s Natura project in Burleigh Heads also featured.

“Brisbane doesn’t see a lot of overseas searches—when people think of Queensland, they think of the beaches,” Conisbee said.

Here are the most-searched development projects by foreign investors across Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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Natura—Spyre Group
Burleigh Heads

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Brisbane-based Spyre Group’s $77 million, 17-storey Natura project—built over a 1,011sq m site located at 112 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads—replaces a current mid-level apartment building developed by Mimi Macpherson, the sister of Australian supermodel Elle.

The Bureau Proberts-designed development will comprise 33 apartments with 16 levels of half-floor apartments and one ground floor terrace unit.


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Magnoli Apartments—Sunland Group
Palm Beach

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Sunland’s Magnoli Apartments—which was originally submitted to the Gold Coast Council for approval in late 2016—occupies the site of a former 1.3-hectare caravan park located on the corner of Gold Coast Highway and Nineteenth Avenue.

The Palm Beach proposal comprises a 2,250sq m community park, two 12-storey apartment buildings, and six architectural terrace homes.


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Halo Residences—The Pradella Group
South Brisbane

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Pradella Group’s 123-apartment Halo Residences, located at 33 Manning Street in South Brisbane, sits alongside the iconic 88-metre SkyNeedle—a prominent feature of Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988.

The development features a residents-only rooftop Sky Lounge providing panoramic city skyline views, a private dining room with courtyard terrace, wine bar, and modern wellness centre.


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Brisbane 1—R&F Property Australia
South Brisbane

Brisbane’s Most Sought-After Development Projects (3)

Late last year, R&F Property Australia completed its $500 million Brisbane 1 apartment development, spanning an entire block in South Brisbane.

The residential development, built by Hutchinson Builders, transforms the site of a former TAFE college and consists of three separate towers of up to 33 storeys.


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Queens Wharf Residences—Destination Brisbane Consortium
Brisbane CBD

Brisbane’s Most Sought-After Development Projects (2)

As part of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development, 667 apartments will be delivered within a new 64-storey tower dubbed Queen’s Wharf Residences.

On track to open in 2022, Queen’s Wharf will showcase four hotels, 50 restaurants, cafes and bars, an extensive retail precinct, refurbished heritage buildings and a ­publicly-accessible Sky Deck offering CBD and river views.

In addition to Queen’s Wharf Residences, the development has scope for up to two more residential towers, with construction dates yet to be finalised.

 

 

 

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Mirvac Secures Approval for Newstead Tower

Mirvac Secures Approval for Newstead Tower (1)

Mirvac has won approval for another residential building at its $1 billion Newstead masterplan in central Brisbane.

The ASX-listed developer’s application to develop 143-apartments across a 25-storey residential tower was approved last week.

The project, to be built on a 5,400sq m site at 58 Skyring Terrace, follows the developer’s previous completions of 336 apartments across its Pier, Park and Unison projects.

Mirvac is currently undertaking its latest Newstead development, Shore, which will contain 333 apartments spread over two towers as well as offices and retail outlets at 60 Skyring Terrace.

Mirvac head of residential Stuart Penklis said the developer had had been in close contact with the community and council prior to lodging the development application in keeping with the local area’s neighbourhood plan.

“In speaking to the community prior to developing our design, we understand just how important Waterfront Park is to residents of this area,” Penklis said.

“We are excited to be expanding—and improving—this green space as part of the development, with over 50 per cent of our 5,552sq m site dedicated to open space.”

Mirvac Secures Approval for Newstead Tower (2)

Mirvac’s forthcoming Sky Precinct development, approved in just three months, continues the developer’s longstanding presence within the waterfront corner of Newstead where it has been delivering residential schemes for more than a decade.

Stage one, which completed in 2011, saw the development of two premium residential apartment buildings comprising of a total of 99 state-of-the-art apartments.

The masterplan’s second stage, Park, was completed in 2012, featuring 102 apartments in one, two and three-bedroom configurations.

Mirvac’s $200 million twin-tower residential development, Unison, opened in early 2017, featuring 135 apartments as well as nine terrace homes.

Mirvac also has development approval in place for another future stage, the Shore Precinct.

“[This] next stage has been designed as a ‘park within a park’, drawing greenery from neighbouring Waterfront Park up its façade and across lush landscaped balconies,” Penklis said.

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The developer said it could not disclose pricing for the 143 units in the 25-storey tower that will include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a handful of four-bedroom units.

Work is anticipated to commence on site in the coming months on a new waterfront sales and display suite, on the corner of Cunningham Street and Skyring Terrace, in preparation for the project’s launch.

Brisbane developer Limitless has also received approval for its Newstead project, a mixed-use residential scheme, incorporating the former Federal Boot Factory.

The 10-storey project, located across a 1,821sq m site at 14 Maud Street, features 56 apartments and rooftop deck and pool.

It will also include the retention and adaptive reuse of the Goldsworthy and Perkins Boot Factory heritage building into a flexible-use space such as ground floor retail.

 

 

 

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