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Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Commencing Construction Of Newstead Autohaus


Mercedes-Benz Brisbane is set to commence construction of its Australia-first Autohaus project at 194 Breakfast Creek Rd, Newstead in Brisbane after securing the prime site and recently receiving approval from the Brisbane City Council.

Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Dealer Principal, Shane Parkins said the development, on the current Breakfast Creek Wharf site, would be unique in Australia and paves the way for an exciting urban renewal that will not only revitalise the original site, but create an iconic leisure, entertainment and hospitality precinct enabling residents and visitors to truly embrace Brisbane’s subtropical lifestyle.



The world-class design developed in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz and Architects Cottee-Parker, creates a multifunctional, user friendly and international standard public event space housed within a “GOMA-esque” design and most importantly will contain a showroom, full service dealership, classic car museum, service centre, retail, hospitality and office facilities.

Also included will be a high quality river walk to allow public access along the Breakfast Creek frontage and significant landscaping around the building and adjacent Ross Street.

To bridge the city’s desire to house highly visible, connected and productive precincts, the Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Autohaus development will house a café/bistro restaurant on the Breakfast Creek Wharf ground level – open seven days a week all year round for public enjoyment.

The precinct will be easily adopted as a key urban destination for weekday exercise, a weekend breakfast spot, business meeting destination and celebratory occasion venue. The café bistro will be family friendly with a quality menu at affordable prices.

Related reading: Mercedes Benz Unveils Plans For New Queensland Mega Showroom

Dealer Principal, Shane Parkins said, “The Autohaus represents a new way of doing business into the future and will generate in excess of 300 on-site jobs during construction and around 100 additional jobs post-construction through its museum, staff training centre, restaurants and retail spaces.”

In a development deal worth $100million demolition will commence on 1st November with construction commencing in mid-January 2017. Completion is anticipated for July 2018.

Mr Parkins said Mercedes-Benz Brisbane currently sells about 2000 vehicles per year from its existing Fortitude Valley location and expects this to increase considerably from the new facility.

Unlike nearly all dealerships the new car showroom won’t be at ground floor level but will be housed on the building’s top (fourth) level. Pre-owned vehicles will be displayed on the third level. They expect about 175 vehicles to be on display in total.

Mercedes-Benz Brisbane was sold last year by Mercedes-Benz Australia to Hong Kong-based Lei Shing Hong Limited, which is the world’s largest distributor of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The purchase included the dealership and the Wickham Street showroom, which will be redeveloped.




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Brisbane Office Vacancies Heading for 15pc Peak


Brisbane CBD office vacancies are expected to peak at more than 15 per cent this year

They will improve in 2023 but the level of sub-lease space being marketed remains a wildcard, according to the Knight Frank Brisbane CBD Office Market report, released this week.

Under the pressure of new supply and further negative net absorption, the report found, vacancies in the city’s office market will reach a 15.7 per cent peak in June.

Knight Frank Queensland partner and report author Jennelle Wilson said office vacancies were expected to remain elevated during next year.

“We will then begin to see material decreases during 2023,” Wilson said.

“In the medium term, vacancy is expected to remain above 12 per cent through to 2024-2025, which will continue to limit supply additions without substantial pre-commitment.”

The Knight Frank research found that leasing activity during the pandemic has been dominated by smaller tenants, with 85 per cent of leasing activity, excluding renewals, last year and into 2021 largely for tenants requiring less than 1000sq m.

Knight Frank head of office leasing Queensland Mark McCann said tenant activity was on the horizon with tenant engagement from larger users expected to increase from the middle of this year.

Tenants active in the CBD market and expected to make their next location decision announcements soon include CUA (6000sq m), KPMG (8000sq m), McCullough Robertson (4000sq m), APA Group (4000sq m) and the Federal Government (about 38,000sq m), according to the report.

McCann said the great unknown in future vacancy remained the level of sub-lease space being marketed.

“The actions of tenants during the next 12 months in this space—to either reoccupy or relinquish—has the potential to move the needle for the total vacancy rate,” he said.

The Knight Frank report found investment market activity is rebuilding after a slow 2020.

Last year turnover totalled $607.6 million, representing the lowest total transaction level since 2008 and 2009, following the GFC.

This year so far $210 million in deals have settled and $530 million is under contract, which the report notes, points to a strong year ahead.

Assets under contract include “the Gold Tower” at 10 Eagle Street, snapped up by local private syndicator Marquette Properties.

Wilson said offshore activity in the investment market during last year was limited to the settlement of the one major sale—66 Eagle Street.

This transaction comprised 63 per cent of the total transaction activity, with the remaining sales to domestic players.

“Despite few transactions and limited offshore active buyers, yields have remained firm for core assets, with the yield band widening to reflect assets with short-term vacancy exposure,” Wilson said.


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Marquette Splashes $285m on Brisbane’s Gold Tower


Marquette Properties has splashed out $285 million to secure 10 Eagle Street in Brisbane’s so-called “Golden Triangle”.

Marquette managing director Toby Lewis said the gold tower was one of the top 10 buildings in the CBD with an “excellent leasing history” and they had been anticipating its entry to the market.

“I think it’s an irreplaceable asset in Brisbane’s CBD,” Lewis said.

“We are Brisbane-based and focused. Brisbane City is our favourite place to invest and grow and help shape the city. We have three CBD assets … we have about $550m exposure to Brisbane City.”

Lewis said the office market had been robust through the pandemic.

He said he was confident it would continue to grow during the next two years, helped by the investment in Cross River Rail and the city’s bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

“Despite the ongoing long-term uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have enabled more than 150 Australian families to invest in 10 Eagle Street and look forward to delivering strong returns as Brisbane continues to grow as a city and as a city to invest in,” Wilson said.

Dexus sold the asset from its Dexus Office Partnership portfolio and net sale proceeds would be used to pay down debt, chief investment officer Ross Du Vernet said.

“This transaction continues our asset recycling strategy, realising value for both Dexus and our Dexus Office Parner while reducing our exposure to the Brisbane market,” Du Vernet said.

“It also provides us with an excellent opportunity to focus our leasing, asset management and development capabilities on advancing our city-shaping development project at Waterfront Brisbane.”

The golden tower at 10 Eagle St was built in 1978. The 34-storey building has 27,8000sq m of office space in Brisbane’s golden triangle, bordered by Eagle, Queen and Edwards streets. It was the city’s tallest building at the time of completion.

The sale is expected to settle next month. The building is 92 per cent occupied with a weighted average leasing expiry (WALE) of 2.9 years with key customers including AEMO, Wilson Parking and Accenture.


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Primewest Picks Up Gold Coast Retail Centre for $66m


Primewest has purchased a large format retail centre on the Gold Coast for $66 million.

The 14,800sq m Robina Home and Life complex was recently developed and sold by QIC’s real estate arm.

The homemaker centre, on a 3.6ha site, features 13 large-format retail tenancies, anchored by Nick Scali and The Good Guys, and a cafe.

Based on fully leased net income, the deal was struck on a yield of about 6 per cent.

The centre, at 550 Christine Avenue, adjoins Bunnings Warehouse—also divested by QIC, in December for $28m—was sold with a weighted average lease expiry of 3.3 years.

Founded by John Bond, the son of the late tycoon Alan Bond, Primewest has more than $4.9bn of assets under management across Australia and the west coast of the United States, across the retail, industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

The listed fund manager is a significant owner in the large-format retail sector, with over 18 assets under management totalling over 300,000sq m and another centre currently under development.

Primewest has been actively targeting neighbourhood shopping centres across the country under a new institutional mandate and $300m fund, formed in June last year.

Primewest said the homemaker centre will seed a new private unlisted trust, the PW Large Format Retail Trust No.2.

Primewest executive chairman John Bond said the pandemic had shone a light on a number of successful retail assets that had performed well during the crisis due to a strong tenant mix focusing on non-discretionary or serviced-based retailers.

“The company remained very confident in the large format retail sector and saw a clear opportunity for growth [in] Robina,” Bond said.

“[The shopping centre] is at the epicentre of the rapidly expanding Robina community which will benefit from more than $17 billion worth of planned investment in the immediate Gold Coast vicinity.”

Last year, Primewest seeded the fund with the $34.8m acquisition of Spring Farm Shopping Centre, south of Sydney, from Woolworths.

It also purchased Pemulwuy Marketplace and West Ryde Marketplace in Sydney for a combined $91.5m from Charter Hall Retail REIT.

In 2019, Primewest bought Stockland’s Tamworth Homespace, a single-level, large-format retail shopping centre 4km south of Tamworth’s CBD, and Coffs Harbour’s Moonee Marketplace for $30.5m.


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