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Plans revealed for Joe Adsett-designed Coolangatta apartment tower

Coolangatta apartment tower

There are plans to build a luxurious Coolangatta apartment tower, with seven apartments already snapped up

he high-rise plans by Brisbane architect Joe Adsett for a prime Rainbow Bay development site on the Gold Coast have been released.

There are plans to build a luxurious Coolangatta apartment tower, with seven apartments already snapped up since its conditional $13.05 million sale late last year.

The site sold by the departing Queensland developer Sunland Group is at 154-156 Marine Parade on the southern tip of the coast.

The property adjoins Sunland’s Greenmount Beach Hotel, Coolangatta, which is currently on the market for sale.

Coolangatta apartment tower

Under the contract,  the purchaser, a company associated with Joe Adsett Architects, paid a refundable deposit of $500,000. The  balance 10% deposit is due when the contract becomes unconditional and the full deposit will be released to Sunland at that time.

The contract is conditional on the parties agreeing certain access rights and easements for the property.

Sunland told shareholders it is expected these matters will be finalised in early 2021.

Once the contract becomes unconditional, settlement is due to be completed 30 September 2021.

The 1215sq m beachfront sale was a record for vacant land on the Gold Coast, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Adsett plans 21 three and five-bedroom sky homes.

Coolangatta apartment tower

Its half-floor apartments start from $2.65 million while full-floor apartments will be priced from $6.5 million.

There’s no price reveal yet for the 1000sq m penthouse.

Mr Adsett said early interest in the project from locals had already resulted in the sale of seven apartments.

The development will be called Rockpool Rainbow Bay.

GV Property Group sold the site off-market for Sunland Group which paid $6.5 million in 2017 for what was a 1960s four unit strata complex, according to CoreLogic.


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Honeycombes Secures Funds for Ferny Grove Village


Queensland developer Honeycombes Property Group has unveiled plans for a $140 million mixed-use development at Ferny Grove train station, in Brisbane’s north-western suburbs.

Honeycombes, in partnership with Melbourne-based real estate financier MaxCap, will deliver Ferny Grove Central, a 12,000sq m neighbourhood village and an 82 apartment residential building, dubbed The Fernery.

Honeycombes, led by Peter and Vanessa Honeycombe, secured the development rights to the site in 2017 following a competitive tender process run by the Queensland government.

“We have already received a high amount of unprecedented interest from the local market, highlighting the level of demand for both residential apartments and retail opportunities,” Honeycombes managing director Peter Honeycombe said.

The joint venture partners are expecting to announce a number of major tenants in coming months with a mix of high-profile national retailers including supermarkets, fitness centres, child-care and cinema providers expected to be secured on long-term leases.

Honeycombes is also in the final stages of securing a head contractor for the project with construction set to commence shortly.


▲ This project is being built on the 2.6-hectare car park site directly adjoining the rail and bus interchange at Ferny Grove station.

“We have built a very strong relationship with the Queensland state government during the formation of the development and will continue to be committed to the delivery of the transit oriented development for the residence of Ferny Grove,” Honeycombes said.

“Without the government’s contribution of $9 million and the federal government’s $11 million in funding contributions for additional park ‘n’ ride spaces planned for the project could not have been achieved.”

The development adds to Honeycombes development portfolio which totals over $2 billion in delivered projects over the last 25 years.

Non-bank lender MaxCap has previously partnered with Honeycombes, providing debt funding to its $252 million Coorparoo Square development in Brisbane in 2015.

Last year, MaxCap partnered with Melbourne developer Troon Group on several commercial projects including the development of a new 3000sq m BMW car dealership in Berwick for Jowett Motor Group in the city’s south-east and an office redevelopment in Mont Albert.

It has also provided the construction facility for JD Group’s $250 million residential development in the city’s inner-eastern suburb of Hawthorn.

Funding has also been agreed for a $120 million 20-storey mixed-use residential building in South Melbourne being developed by Milbex Group.


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Destination Consortium Amends Queen’s Wharf Plans

The final design for Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf development has taken another turn with amended plans put forward calling for changes in the mega project’s residential precinct.

The $3.6-billion development—which has taken a significant footprint of the CBD—is well under way, with more than 5000 tonnes of steel, 41,000 cubic metres of concrete and 400,000 cubic metres of fill delivered so far.

The northern riverfront development will feature a new casino, the overhaul of heritage buildings, five new hotels with more than 1000 guest rooms, around 50 restaurants and a major retail precinct.

Proposed amendments to the original application have now been put forward by Destination Brisbane Consortium—which includes the Star group, developers Far East Consortium and Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook.

The alterations will affect the project’s residential quarter and predominantly involve changing the land usage, mix and designs of towers five and six.

Tower one is a 43-storey, 667 apartment residential project, while towers two and three—located below the Arc Skydeck—will include the development’s casino and hotels.

Tower four will be the project’s tallest residential tower at 200m while the 49-storey tower five and 45-storey tower six—which were originally intended to be used hotel and residential operations—will now be subject to changes.

Queen’s Wharf

▲ Amended designs have called for a shorter format to a now commercial building six, set to sit alongside tower five which is mixed-use with commercial and retail space.

The new round of changes, submitted to Economic Development Queensland, now call for tower five and six—which were previously residential in nature—to be remixed to include commercial floor space.

Tower five is now proposed to be mixed-use and could contain commercial or retail space on the lower levels with residential in the mid and high-rise sections of the building.

Tower six opposite Parliament House, which has been reduced in size, will now become a commercial-only building.

The Cottee Parker-designed building will sit next to Cbus Property’s 1 William Street, a 76,000sq m commercial tower currently occupied by the Queensland government, which was completed in 2016.

The push to diversify the hotel and casino development by adding new A-grade commercial elements comes as landlords scramble to reposition their CBD buildings to bring workers back to the city.

The Queensland capital’s vacancy rate grew to 13.6 per cent last month from 12.9 per cent in July, with most of the increase coming from reduced tenant demand during the second half of a pandemic-hit year.

Around 44,000sq m of new space is due to come online this year and a further 82,000sq m in 2022, adding to the pressure on a market that in the past six months suffered its lowest net absorption of space since January 2018.

The development has reached the fifth level of the 172-metre concrete structure known as a “diaphragm wall”, currently sitting around 20m above the Riverside Expressway.

Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said despite ongoing amendments due to the possibility of shifting market conditions, the “integrated resort” was quickly taking shape.

“This time next year towers two and three, the dual tower for The Star Grand hotel, will be topping out at around 100m, meaning Queen’s Wharf they will be sitting prominently alongside and above the Riverside expressway,” he said.

“When complete, the Dorsett and Rosewood tower, which sits behind the Printery Building between George and William streets, will be around 200m and is expected to peak around mid-2022.

“And finally, topping out at 240-metres, Queen’s Wharf Residences is expected to reach full height in about two years, well after the hotel towers top-out.”

Early works for construction of the Neville Bonner pedestrian bridge began in March last year on South Bank and will be complete in time for the integrated resort development opening in late-2022.


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New team behind ‘fundamental rethink’ of Brisbane’s mega-city planning


A specialist team will be created to ensure land stretching between Tweed Heads and Noosa is able to keep pace with population growth and housing demand.

South-east Queensland’s “200-kilometre city” is predicted to grow by 1.5 million to 5 million in 20 years, making it about the same population as Sydney today.

An extra 794,000 new homes will be needed to accommodate the boom, as the lines between Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine coasts continue to blur.

The new planning team set up by the state government will be announced by Deputy Premier Steven Miles on Wednesday to ensure new developments can manage the surge in new residents.

“Queenslanders want to know that when they’re ready to buy their first home, they will be able to do so without being priced out of the market,” Mr Miles said.

“They want to know that when they’ve retired and they’re looking to downsize to a more manageable property, that they’ll be able to without needing to move very far away.

“And in between those stages in life they may want a family home with a big backyard.”

Mr Miles said, from 2019 to 2020, there had been a 200 per cent increase in net migration from cities to regional areas.

“We’ve also seen a 23 per cent increase in the use of our national parks and green spaces,” he said.

“This must result in a fundamental rethink of our approach to infrastructure planning and delivery.”

Mr Miles said the team’s first task would be to choose a pilot site for a new growth area by the end of the month.

“The pilot site identified will be an example of how local and state governments and the private sector can work together to plan for better communities,” he said.

“The team will also work to bring land in the under-utilised urban footprint to market sooner.

“Queensland’s population is booming, and I want to ensure our government and local councils can keep up with the increase in demand for land, housing and the supporting infrastructure that comes with it.”

The new Growth Areas Delivery team, will be an arm of state government agency Economic Development Queensland.



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