South Brisbane’s Arena Development

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South Brisbane will soon be home to an iconic twin tower development project by Sydney-based Australian and Japanese trust fund Galileo.

The development, known as Arena includes two 12 level twin tower apartment buildings located at 9 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.

The site, which sits directly behind the Melbourne Hotel currently houses a Celebrations bottle shop and open air carpark.

Designed by Ellivo architects, a chopstick column design has been utilised to float the two towers above the recreation area, which includes a pool, gym, bbq facilities, garden and two to three ground level retail tenancies. The design also helps to retain city views for neighbouring buildings.

Artist’s impression of Arena development, South Brisbane
Artist’s impression of Arena infinity pool & gym
Artist’s impression of Arena retail plaza and cross block link

The project has been designed to allow pedestrian access to Browning Street via a dedicated cross block link.

The developer, Galileo is behind Sydney’s sell-out Metro Residences, a large TOD development built above Sydney’s Chattswood transport interchange.

Arena composes of 191 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

The makeup:

  • 90 one bedroom stock
  • 17 two bed, one bath stock
  • 76 two bed, two bath stock
  • 8 three bed stock

In August last year, Your Investment Property magazine selected South Brisbane as Australia’s number 1 suburb to buy property due to it’s low supply, high demand, proximity to the CBD, high population growth and solid infrastructure and employment nodes.

CBRE Residential Projects Director Paul Barratt said Arena will raise the bar in terms of architecture, value and amenity for South Brisbane.

“Apartments in Arena boast spectacular views of the Brisbane CBD, high quality fixtures and finishes and a fantastic level of resident amenity.

“You couldn’t ask for a better location in South Brisbane, positioned along the quiet Edmondstone Street, yet a minutes walk to the hustle and bustle of West End’s boundary street dining precinct.

Artist’s render of interior apartment finishes
Artist’s impression of courtyard-facing 1 bedroom apartment
Artist’s impression of penthouse terrace and view

“No expense has been spared in creating a superb quality residential development in the heart of Australia’s top investment suburb.

“Demand for new stock in South Brisbane is very high, so buyers are encouraged to register interest early via the website to secure the best apartment,” Mr Barratt said.

CBRE Residential Projects plans a sales launch of Arena on the 23rd of March at a brand new full apartment display centre located on the heritage listed Stefan Skyneedle site off Edmondstone Street.

Apartments will start from $370k for a 1 bedroom apartment plus car space.

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  • BEAUTIFUL! Come on architects… design 100 new medium-rise apartment buildings for Southbank! I want to see Southbank as secondary city centre with beautiful modern med-rise buildings.

    If I am ever a CEO of Westfield shopping company – I’d definitely build a huge and modern Westfield shopping centre somewhere around Southbank. If I am ever a mayor of Brisbane, I’d make sure Southbank have trams and light rail connecting from West End to the Valley via Southbank and the City with other routes to Toowong along Coro drive, and also to New Farm parklands.

    Brisbane desperately needs this.

  • after recent news about the glut of units into the Bris inner city market I hope the financiers arent scared off this one, or that the developer doesnt ‘cost manage’ the good design out of it.
    It’s a bit of a step in a different direction for Ellivo. Not high end nor high rise. And with the Oxygen Apartments in Spring Hill looking decidedly aged I wonder if they’ve learnt any lessons?
    I’ll pay particular interest in those sub-tropical design elements and the public interactions with both the site to the rear (govt filled office buildings) and the street.
    Will the walkway be public? The SW1 (Sth Bank neighbour) walks are fantastic, heavily vegetated, well maintained and now even attracting smaller businesses to activate outside of lunchtime on a week day.
    The flood of one bedders is not sustainable.
    The expense of associated car parks for every unit is dated and not relevent to inner city life. The site is bordered by three high frequency bus services, a clear/clean/safe/all hours pedestrian link down to SthBank and the train station. An obvious cycle link into both the city and Sth Bank already exists. Drop the car spaces and save the money, drop the unit prices and pocket the savings.

  • looks good, but the marketing generally does for these type of places. Lets just hope they don’t take shortcuts to make their budgets and timelines.

    @ wheelbarrow, I agree with your first comment, South Brisbane could use a little more development on the outer edges but putting a Westfield in that vicinity, ugh i want to throw up at the thought. Those complexes are disgusting, built in mediocrity, temperature controlled, consumerism on steroids. They do enough damage to town centres as far out in the stix as they are, the shopping in south bank, west end and the city are fine, why ruin it?
    @ southlands tsar I agree with your comments on parking, most people who live this close to the city don’t need it. The bike paths in Brisbane are great!

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