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Government Lists 9.5ha Site in Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

Government Lists 9.5ha Site in Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

The Queensland government has launched a parcel of development-ready land within the 200-hectare Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct at Southport.

Development of the 9.5 hectares, marketed as “Lumina”, will be a commercial cluster based within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, the site of the athletes’ village used for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Development of the 9.5 hectare site, dedicated to health and technology related business, will take place over the next 10-to-15 years.

As landowner and master developer, Economic Development Queensland is facilitating its development.

The Lumina masterplan comprises for up to 200,000sq m of internal space across 16 development sites.

Next year Griffith University will begin construction on its $80 million Advanced Design Manufacturing and Prototyping (ADaPT) facility in the 200-hectare precinct.

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The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is a long-term project with $5 billion in recent infrastructure, expected to be completed by 2030.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the precinct would support more than 12,000 jobs and generate around $1.4 billion for the state’s economy when complete.

Lumina businesses and enterprises will join 30,000 people already working, living and studying across the precinct, including those at Griffith University, Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital, Southport Sharks, COHORT and residential and retail community, Smith Collective.






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Ridong Group’s $160m Garden Resort in Limbo

Ridong Group's $160m Garden Resort in Limbo (1)

Ridong Group’s $160 million garden resort on the Gold Coast should be built elsewhere according to council officers.

A decision on the application for the 50 hectare development in Tallebudgera is expected to be made next week with council officers raising many concerns at a preliminary meeting.

Hundreds of submissions were made against the development application and a public rally attracted more than 400 people in December.

Ridong, a Chinese development company based in Zhuhai and one of the original developers for Jewel resort in Surfers Paradise, put forth the application for the wellness retreat in September 2018.

Plans on the 50 hectare site at 49 Tallebudgera Connection Road included 162 villas, 98 hotel rooms, four restaurants, a wedding chapel, day spa with 32 treatment rooms, museum, gallery, gardens and private lake.

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DBI architects were behind the design, which previous projects include $1.7 billion Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, the $1 billion Jewel and the $200 million Infinity in Brisbane.

Council officers raised a number of concerns at an Economy, Planning and Environment Committee meeting.

“The proposed development is considered to present potential economic benefits through employment opportunities and tourism related revenue,” stated in the agenda.

“However, officers do not consider that these benefits are site specific and could be provided in a more suitable location.

“Further, the applicant has not demonstrated a ‘need’ for the development to be located at the subject site.

“Officers acknowledge that the proposed development includes components which could provide a benefit to the city, however, do not believe that these benefits warrant the approval of this application as officers believe such a development could be provided in a more suitable location.”

A final determination on the plans will be made when it goes to a full council meeting on February 18.



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Brisbane’s Largest Demolition Commences

Brisbane’s Largest Demolition Commences (1)

The demolition of the original Brisbane Transit Centre in central Brisbane has moved ahead with the first of three buildings taken apart level by level.

The 18-storey Hotel Jen building along with the main transit centre building will now make way for the new 18,000 seat Brisbane Live entertainment precinct and Roma Street station—set to be the jewel in the state government’s $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project.

The Transit Centre on Roma Street, built at a cost of $48 million in 1986, last year welcomed an average of 19,000 people daily.

Cross River Rail minister Kate Jones said the demolition, one of Brisbane’s largest ever, was being undertaken by a subcontractor starting at the top and work down.

“Nothing says progress on a construction site like an 85-metre crane at work on a building completely engulfed in scaffolding,” Jones said.

“Floor by floor starting from the top and working their way down, the demolition crews have started to dismantle Hotel Jen with the East and West Towers of the Brisbane Transit Centre expected to start in March.”

Demolition is expected to be completed by late 2020. After that, the site will be prepared, and piling and station box excavation will be completed in the second half of 2021.

The demolition at Roma Street follows similar works being undertaken at Albert Street while work at the Exhibition Station in Bowen Hills is expected to commence in April.

Upgrade work was also set to begin at six stations from Salisbury to Fairfield in Brisbane’s inner south, as well as construction on three new Gold Coast stations at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac.

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The first part of tunnelling on the project, from Woolloongabba towards Boggo Road, is scheduled for August.

The Pulse consortium will deliver the tunnel, stations and development—a partnership led by CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM and Ghella.

Unity Alliance will deliver the rail, integration and systems bringing together CPB Contractors, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs, and partners Hassell, RCS Australia, Acmena, Martinus Rail and Wired Overhead Solutions.

The Cross River Rail is expected to be up and running by 2024 while Brisbane Live, which is still shrouded in uncertainty, if given the go-ahead is expected to be complete by 2024, and could form part of Queensland’s efforts to bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.

“We expect that with Cross River Rail in place, an extra 47,000 people will choose rail instead of road by 2036,” Jones said.




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Mitchelton Development Site Hits the Market

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A recently-approved development site next to Brookside Shopping Centre in Mitchelton, 10 kilometres north-west of Brisbane CBD, will test the market.

The former horse agistment site, spanning a 1.3188 hectares, has approval for two towers comprising 90 apartments, 100 independent living units, a child care facility and ground floor commercial space.

An application for the Mitchelton site was initially lodged in late 2017.

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Vendor of the Brisbane site is New South Wales’ based Traders in Purple, who received project approval for the twin- 10-storey development.

Knight Frank’s Christian Sandstrom and Adam Willmore, along with health and aged care specialist Russ Allison are jointly appointed to manage the 1A Northmore Street site via an expressions of interest campaign.

Allison says demand for residential and seniors living accommodation in Mitchelton is forecast to rise.

“Currently just under 10 per cent of the population in Mitchelton is over 65, but this is forecast to grow to 12 per cent by 2026,” he said.

“Along with the ageing population in surrounding suburbs including Keperra and Arana Hills, will drive accelerated demand for seniors living product in the area,” Alison said.

Sandstrom says there is a strong appetite for quality residential development sites in Brisbane.

“It offers opportunity to secure a quality mixed-use residential, seniors living and childcare development site in a very solid location.”




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