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Pikos’ Brisbane Triple Tower Gets Go-Ahead

Pikos Group’s $350-million Brisbane River development has been approved after multiple applications on the site and an appeal when the apartment plans were rejected by the council.

The triple-tower development went to the Planning and Environment Court after being rejected by the Brisbane City Council in December, 2020 for the properties at 94-108 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point.

The court approved the Brisbane-based developer’s plans for 273 units across three towers up to 15-storeys high, exceeding the previous 10-storey height limit for the area.

The newly adopted council neighbourhood plan for the area enabled Pikos to gain approval at the 5284sq m site, however, the group modified its plans down from 300 apartments.

The council acknowledged the changes that came into effect in February, 2020 and originally rejected the plans, citing setback, open space and tower separation issues.

Work on the towers is expected to start in mid-2021 and be built across three stages with the majority of apartments available in the final release.

Pikos Property Group managing director Pedro Pikos said they had not shied away from the rigorous scrutiny, engaging with the council and addressing issues raised within the community.

“We are delighted that the council has recognised the overall merits of our development and we can now move forward with a benchmark project that will enhance the inherent charm of Kangaroo Point and its future growth,” Pikos said.

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▲ The 2020 plans by Kris Kowalski Architects for three towers at the Kangaroo Point site for Pikos Group. 

The Brisbane-based property veteran said development precedents for the area had been set long ago and that Pikos Group’s proposal sat within the existing town planning parameters.

“Now we are out of the appeal process, we continue to take on board community feedback and are exploring further options to substantially reduce apartment density and traffic volumes,” Pikos said.

The site was previously approved for a seven-unit building in 2015, 21 units in 2017 and 74 units across two 10-storey towers in early-2019.

Another application was made in August, 2019 and approved for 200 units across three 10-storey towers.

Pikos recently launched another Kangaroo Point development, the $250-million “Skye by Pikos” of 70 apartments, at 8 River Terrace.

The development, also across three towers, includes a floating 1000sq m sky deck, inspired by Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, and is set to launch in June, 2021.

 

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Best and Worst Suburbs For Rental Properties Revealed

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Australia’s rental Properties is tightening, finally reaching pre-Covid levels, however some suburbs are faring better than others.

The vacancy rate fell in May for the second consecutive month and now sits at 1.7 per cent. The last time rates were this low was February, 2020 according to research by Domain.

The report showed Sydney’s vacancy was at March, 2020 levels and Melbourne, while considerably high, was rapidly falling from its 5.4 per cent peak in December last year.

Adelaide and Brisbane had the lowest level of vacancy since the records began in 2017 while Canberra and Perth were close to record multi-year lows.

Worst places for rental property owners

Rank Sydney Vacancy Melbourne Vacancy Brisbane, Gold Coast Vacancy Perth Vacancy Adelaide Vacancy
1 Paramatta 4.6% Melbourne City 8.6% Brisbane Inner 3.4% Perth City 1.4% Adelaide City 4.7%
2 Auburn 4.4% Stonnington-East 7.8% Sherwood-Indropilly 2.5% Cottesloe-Claremont 1.5% Prospect-Walkerville 0.9%
3 Strathfield-Burwood-Ashfield 3.9% Whitehorse-West 6.1% Brisbane Inner-West 2.3% South Perth 1.1% Holdfast Bay 0.9%
4 Canterbury 3.9% Stonnington West 5.8% Nathan 2.2% Belmont-Victoria Park 1.1% Norwood-Payneham-St Peters 0.8%
5 Ku-ring-gai 3.2% Boroondara 5.6% Mt Gravatt 2.1% Canning 1% Burnside 0.7%

Best places for rental property owners

Rank Sydney Vacancy Melbourne Vacancy Brisbane, Gold Coast Vacancy Perth Vacancy Adelaide Vacancy
1 Camden 0.3% Yarra Ranges 0.2% Capalaba 0.2% Kwinana 0.3% Gawler-Two Wells 0.1%
2 Blue Mountains 0.4% Nillumbik-Kinglake 0.4% Caboolture Hinterland 0.3% Wanneroo 0.4% Marion 0.1%
3 Wyong 0.4% Maroondah 0.4% Nerang 0.3% Serpentine-Jarrahdale 0.4% Playford 0.2%
4 Gosford 0.6% Cardinia 0.4% Coolangatta 0.3% Cockburn 0.4% Tea Tree Gully 0.2%
5 Campbelltown 0.6% Mornington Peninsula 0.5% Wynnum-Manly 0.4% Swan 0.4% Salisbury 0.2%

^Source: Domain rental vacancy report, May 2021

Despite performing relatively poorly, Melbourne vacancy rate tightened more than any other capital, from 4.2 per cent in April.

Domain senior research analyst Nicola Powell said extended lockdowns in the state would impact the city.

“Vacant rental listings may increase in regions with a high proportion of people working in the hospitality and tourism sectors,” Powell said.

“Those who have had a significant reduction in hours may be forced to cut costs and move in with family or friends.

“Vacancy rates are also likely to remain particularly weak in areas with a higher proportion of short-term rentals as ongoing outbreaks affect interstate travel and sentiment towards travelling to Greater Melbourne.”

Home owners in Melbourne were trying to get ahead of the curb with the rate of homes selling before auction doubling.

Meanwhile, in a rare occurrence, house prices were on the rise in every capital city during May and 97 per cent of sub-regions.

 

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House Prices Up Again in Synchronised Upswing

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House prices are continuing to surge with prices up 14.3 per cent in a year as the national market has a rare “synchronised upswing”.

The only things that could slow the market are affordability constraints and tighter credit policies, according to Corelogic’s monthly home value index.

In May, dwelling values rose 2.2 per cent across capital cities, however, this was slightly weaker than March when prices increased 2.8 per cent, breaking a 32-year record.

Sydney had the strongest price growth at 3 per cent while Perth lagged behind at 1.1 per cent and the Melbourne market held on at 1.8 per cent as the state went into lockdown again.

Corelogic house prices: May

Month Quarter Year
Sydney 3.0% 9.3% 11.2%
Melbourne 1.8% 5.5% 5.0%
Brisbane 2.0% 6.2% 10.6%
Adelaide 1.9% 5.4% 11.8%
Perth 1.1% 3.8% 8.5%
Hobart 3.2% 7.7% 16.5%
Darwin 2.7% 7.9% 20.3%
Canberra 1.7% 6.5% 15.6%
Capitals 2.3% 7.1% 9.4%
Regional 2.0% 6.5% 15.2%
National 2.2% 7.0% 14.3%

^Source: Corelogic home value index May 2021

Corelogic research director Tim Lawless said of the 334 sub-regions analysed, 97 per cent recorded a lift in the past three months.

“Such a synchronised upswing is an absolute rarity across Australia’s diverse array of housing markets,” Lawless said.

“Despite the consistently strong headline results, the underlying trends have shifted during the past year.

“The most expensive end of the market is now driving the highest rate of price appreciation across most of the capital cities, whereas early in the growth cycle it was the most affordable end of the market that was the strongest.

“It was the smaller capital cities that led the housing market out of the Covid-19 slump, but now Sydney has risen through the ranks to record the largest capital gain during the past three months with values up 9.3 per cent.”

However, the increased prices are continuing to put pressure on affordable housing in Sydney with the NSW productivity commission finding a lack of housing was limiting the number of workers available.

Lawless said that for now, Australia remains firmly entrenched in a housing boom and will continue to rise in 2021 but will slow down as affordability affects market participation.

 

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Brisbane Airport’s $1bn Third Terminal

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Brisbane Airport has unveiled plans to build a $1-billion third terminal that will connect its dual runways.

The proposed terminal will be a 250,000sq m integrated L-shaped building that services both domestic and international operations, positioned between the two runways.

While the airport’s design hasn’t been finalised it will be put before Brisbane Airport Development and Design Integrity Panel as well as up for community consultation before being signed off on.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) said the development would be marked for completion in 2032, however, the timeline would be moved forward if Brisbane was confirmed as the host of the 2032 Olympic Games.

“Brisbane Airport has been blessed with two great pieces of terminal architecture in the current domestic and international terminals,” a Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) spokesperson said.

“[The new terminal] will be a modern, sustainable green building that harnesses the best of Queensland—its sunshine—alongside engaging retail options and touchless, self-service operations.

“It will also open up new international route opportunities like we saw with Chicago and San Francisco pre-Covid.”

Brisbane, currently Australia’s third-busiest airport spanning a 2700-hectare site, recently completed the construction of its $1.3-billion, 3.3km second runway.

The new runway has now given the airport the largest aviation capacity of any city in Australia, allowing for up to 110 aircraft movements per hour, comparable to major international hubs like Singapore Changi Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.

Brisbane Airport Corporation is also set to spend another $2 billion on major projects over the next five years.

“The aviation industry is resilient and has weathered many storms,” head of infrastructure development Paul Coughlan said.

“Air travel will bounce back, as it did after the 11 September 2001 terror attacks and the global financial crisis. It has always rebounded, and it rebounds strongly.

“Now more than ever, it is crucial that we have the infrastructure and mechanisms in place to allow our great city and state to recover from Covid-19.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, Brisbane Airport will be in the best position possible to attract new airlines and new routes, connecting Brisbane to the world more than ever before.”

Along with a new northern integrated domestic and international terminal, BAC wants to connect the airport precincts together with a new Australian-first airport mass transit system.

As part of the Brisbane Airport 2020 masterplan, BAC is planning a mass transit system that could handle the forecasted 50 million passengers and 50,000 workers that will transit through the Airport precinct by 2040.

According to BAC, an elevated air-train transit system could handle 3200 passengers per hour and take no longer than five minutes.

 

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