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New student residences for UQ

A $251 million Queensland Treasury Corporation Loan has been approved to fund the student residences Brisbane Investorproject at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the project was a great investment for the University and for Queensland.

“The construction of the precinct will create around 620 jobs,” Mr Pitt said.

“Once built, there’ll be about 30 ongoing jobs on the site and flow-on benefits for the wider community by having more students living on campus.”

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj applauded the announcement, which enables UQ to consult closely with the community and finalise design and planning.

“This place will offer much more than an attractive living space on one of the world’s most beautiful university campuses,” Professor Høj said.

“It will also support students’ academic success, improve the all-round student experience, and foster skills for advancement in the demanding global contest for satisfying careers.

“It will be home-away-from-home for 1300 students, with around-the-clock pastoral support and security, and easy access to campus sporting and cultural facilities and regular public tra1nsport.

“It will set a quality benchmark for university student housing – particularly in the subtropics.

“UQ is Queensland’s only university ranked in the top 50 of all the world’s universities, and attracts exceptional students from throughout the State, around Australia, and about 130 other countries.

Professor Høj said the residences would have a halo effect for other Queensland institutions that educate international students, adding to Queensland’s reputation as a high-quality, safe and welcoming place to study.

“This space will be ideal for students from regional, rural and remote areas, who will interact with peers from all around the world and forge lifelong friendships and global business linkages.

“After they graduate, many who live and study here will be stalwart ambassadors not only for UQ, but also for Queensland and Australia,” he said.

Wilson Architects + Partners Hill will design the Student Residences Project at the St Lucia campus.

This project continues their longstanding relationship and follows their highly successful collaboration on the multi-award-winning Translational Research Institute (TRI).

‘We are excited about bringing the best of education and residential design to the University of Queensland. Wilson Architects’ extensive experience in education design will be highly complemented by Timothy Hill’s exemplary residential projects,’ said Hamilton Wilson, Managing Director, Wilson Architects.

A priority for the University will be the relocation and expansion of the Margaret Cribb Child Care Centre on a new site on campus, catering for about 150 children – twice the current capacity.

The student residences will encompass sites on Walcott and Hood Streets.

Cairngorm, a former family home built around 1901, will be refurbished and incorporated into the development, and two large fig trees in front of Cairngorm on Walcott Street will be kept.

The University will comply with all relevant environmental and regulatory requirements.

Because 1300 students will live on campus, the project, which is within UQ’s St Lucia campus site development plan, is expected to reduce traffic flows.

Construction is likely to begin in mid-2017, with students moving in at the start of 2020.

UQ has a track record for repaying loans from the State Government ahead of schedule.



Original article published at by Staff Writer 1/6/2016


Gold Coast’s Kirra Beach sees $25 million MAYA development completion

Gold Coast's Kirra Beach

Spyre Group has announced the completion of its $25 million MAYA project in the Gold Coast’s Kirra Beach. 

The development at 1 Coyne Street offers a combination of 16 two and three bedroom residences across its nine levels.

“The southern Gold Coast is undergoing an amazing transformation”, Spyre Group director Andrew Malouf said.

“Our discerning buyers have recognised this and bought into a luxury project right in the heart of this transformation.” 

Gold Coast's Kirra Beach

Just last month, Brisbane-based KTQ Group unveiled plans to launch a $380 million redevelopment of the Kirra Beach Hotel.

MAYA’s features include ocean views, coastal-inspired architecture and outdoor amenities, including a pool, leisure area and outdoor beach showers. 

Most apartments also include a full-size multi-purpose room which can accommodate an additional living area, study or library. 

Prices for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence in the Kirra Beach development start at $1.65 million. 

“With construction completed we expect the limited remaining apartments will sell before the end of the year,” Malouf said.

MAYA is the third project on the Gold Coast to be developed by the Spyre Group. 

The developers are also behind the Natura at Burleigh Heads project and the $79 million Elysian at Broadbeach.

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$180 million Greville master-planned community in Wooloowin launched

Greville master planned community launched

Cedar Woods Properties has unveiled plans for Greville, a new $180 million-plus community in Wooloowin.

It will feature a mix of terrace homes, apartments and heritage residences just five kilometres from the Brisbane CBD.

The urban village will be the first project of its kind for Wooloowin and ultimately feature over 250 homes and apartments, an exclusive residents’ recreation zone and pool, and a 4,000sqm community park.

Cedar Woods is taking expressions of interest for the first stage, which will comprise 12 north-facing terrace homes.

The Greville name is a nod to prominent architect Francis Drummond Greville Stanley who designed the Holy Cross Laundry, which opened in 1889.

Greville master planned community launched

Cedar Woods Senior Development Manager Peter Starr said Greville ticked all the boxes for buyers wanting an inner-city location, a modern Queenslander-inspired home and a design with liveability at the core.

“All our terrace homes have an optimal north-south orientation, meaning they are designed to enjoy abundant natural light and breezes, with our first release in an elevated enclave, meaning some also enjoy city skyline views.

“All the homes feature a generous landscaped courtyard, and open plan living that integrates seamlessly with either the courtyard or a balcony, creating light-filled indoor-outdoor living and entertaining.”

Greville master planned community launched

Mr Starr said lush landscaping would feature heavily at Greville.

Greville is just a 400 metre stroll from Wooloowin train station and 1km from the Northern Busway at Lutwyche, with the Northern Bikeway extension at the doorstep.”

The first terrace homes at Greville are priced from below $800,000.


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Builder appointed for new luxury Gold Coast development The Monaco

The Monaco 1

Gold Coast-based developer Ignite Projects have appointed McNab Construction to build their 25 level Main Beach project, The Monaco. 

The Monaco at 2-4 MacArthur Parade will home 25 half and full-floor residences, adjacent to the Southport Marina. 

Designed by Rothelowman, the new tower will feature the Southern Hemisphere’s first car elevator to apartments, sky garage and a custom-designed kitchens for each buyer. 

The Monaco 2

Apartments in the Monaco will offer up to 362 sqm of living space, a communal 24-metre heated pool and an additional multi-purpose space, as well as the sky cave.

One whole floor of the Monaco has been dedicated to private storage space.

“McNab has a brilliant track record for delivering projects that exceed all expectations in terms of quality and deliverables, so they are a good fit for our project team,” Ignite Projects’ Josh Foote said. 

The Monaco 3

Construction is expected to take 20 months to complete and will begin around mid-next year. 

The project is expected to support over 200 construction jobs a day during peak times, McNab Construction manager Mark Jewell said. 


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