A masterplan development application has been submitted for a $1.5 billion development known as ‘Gabba Heart Precinct’ which consists of four towers.
Located at 79 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, the development, proposed by the Belmonde Property Group and Sun Luxe Group, in collaboration with Cottee Parker Architects, proposes to redefine the urban landscape of Woolloongabba and create a new mixed-use high density hub in close proximity to the Cross River Rail Woolloongabba station and new Olympic stadium precinct.
The project has submitted preliminary plans to the Brisbane City Council, seeking approval for towers ranging between 36 and 41 storeys.
Whilst the development approval will not authorise development to occur, it will establish an overarching development framework which will ensure future development applications reflect the importance of the land, within the context of the changing nature of the locality and the future opportunities this presents.Saunders Havill Group
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A Multi-Faceted Project
The Gabba Heart Precinct development comprises four towers, with one designated for a 230-room hotel and serviced apartments. The remaining three towers are intended to address Brisbane’s housing shortage by providing over 1380 build-to-rent (BTR) apartments.
These towers are planned to incorporate public amenities at the podium level and extensive recreational facilities on their rooftops. The podium levels will also include retail spaces and food and beverage establishments, contributing to a diverse urban environment.
A Focus on Community
Cottee Parker Director Martin Timms envisions the Gabba Heart Precinct as a catalyst for revitalising Woolloongabba, likening its impact to that of the James Street Precinct in Fortitude Valley. Timms noted, ” The development’s vision also includes the transformation of Logan Road into a vibrant high street, creating a bustling retail precinct.
A Comprehensive Approach
According to the developers behind the project, what sets the Gabba Heart Precinct apart is its comprehensive approach to community development. The project site, spanning nearly a hectare, will not only offer premium living spaces but also an array of communal amenities. These amenities will feature pools, spas, yoga lawns, alfresco dining areas with city views, lounges, and productive gardens for residents to cultivate their own produce.
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In addition to redeveloping the site currently occupied by the Southside Toyota service centre, the Gabba Heart Precinct proposes upgrades to the adjacent Jurgens Park. Plans also include the creation of a high street retail precinct along Logan Road and the establishment of a destination for markets and game day festivals.
Due to its deviation from local planning rules, the Gabba Heart Precinct is categorised as “impact assessable,” allowing for public submissions. This development aligns with the changing nature of Woolloongabba and the opportunities presented by the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games.
The area has seen a flurry of new developments with taller heights in order to provide more housing in areas with critical mass transit.
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- Site Area: 9,361m2
- Rooms: A hotel is planned however exact rooms awaiting detailed development application
- Height: Four towers ranging between 36 and 41 storeys
- Elevators: Specific number awaiting detailed development application
- Retail: Specific number awaiting detailed development application
- Communal Space: Significant communal space proposed, exact amount awaiting detailed development application
- Car Parking: Specific number awaiting detailed development application
- Bike Parking: Specific number awaiting detailed development application
- Developer: Belmonde Property Group and Sun Luxe Group
- Architect: Cottee Parker Architects
- Landscape Design: Urbis
- Town Planner: Saunders Havill Group
- Sustainability: Vertical gardens, deep planting, ground plane gardens as well as energy, water and waste reduction measures proposed throughout the masterplan
- Date Submitted: 17/08/2023
This development represents Woolloongabba’s fourth large-scale masterplanned development after Station Square was proposed in April this year with building heights of up to 40-storeys. The 3-tower Silk development and 3-tower Trilogy projects are also being redesigned with higher hight limits as they now fall within the State Government’s priority development area.
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