Aria Proposes Two New Commercial Towers for South Brisbane

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Architectural rendering of Aria's new Melbourne Street commercial master plan

A development application has been lodged by Aria Property Group for the construction of two new South Brisbane commercial towers, completing an existing master plan proposal for a new Melbourne Street commercial scheme.

Located at 164-190 Melbourne Street and 23-27A Manning Street, South Brisbane, the development has been designed by James Street and Fish Lane Town Square designer Richards & Spence as well as Bates Smart.

The site, which formerly housed the hairdressing headquarters of Stefan would see a total of three commercial buildings built on land fronting Manning and Melbourne Streets.

Within the development, a very large 3,224m2 two level gymnasium is proposed, spanning across an air bridge between towers 1 & 2. According to the development application the floorplates for the gym is suitable for a “premier operator”.

Architectural rendering of Tower 2 & 3 of Aria’s new Melbourne Street commercial master plan
Architectural rendering of retail and dining arcade between Tower 2 & 3 of Aria’s new Melbourne Street commercial master plan
Proposed floor plates of new large-scale gym

The development features Richard & Spence’s well known terracotta brick style facade which is said to be a robust and low maintenance material.

An internal retail courtyard style arcade is planned in the middle of the development with a size comparable to Mollison Park in West Village.

A total of seven ground floor retail spaces are planned including 1951 Art Deco “Bonds Sweet Factory” at 164 Melbourne Street which would be retained and restored.

On the opposite side of Melbourne Street, the 1913 Federation style Queenslander “Mahlouf Fruit Shop” would also be retained and resorted with ground floor retail.

Project rundown

  • Site Area: 4,562m2
  • GFA: Commercial GFA of 22,949m2
  • Height: All three towers are 12 storeys high with tower 2 being marginally taller at 74.25m
  • Type: Commercial
  • Elevators: Tower 1 – x2 elevators, Tower 2 – x4 elevators, Tower 3 – x2 elevators
  • Retail: Gym space 3,224m2. Food and drink retail is 788m2
  • Communal Space: Rooftop recreation on all buildings with towers 1 & 2 including pools and lounge zones
  • Car Parking: 433 spaces (shared) (1 space per 68.5m2)
  • Bike Parking: 201 spaces
  • Developer: Aria Property Group
  • Architect: Richards & Spence and Bates Smart
  • Landscape Design: RPS
  • Town Planner: Saunders Havill Group
  • Sustainability: Breathable, porus facades and winter gardens, urban green space, elevated planters and landscaped communal areas. The development aims to be a 5 Star Green Star project including a rooftop PV solar farm and dedicated organic refuse collection area with recycling facilities.
  • Date Submitted: 27/10/2022

All buildings will feature commercial recreation decks. Buildings 1 and 2 will feature pools, bbq areas and areas for day beds. Building 3, the slimmer tower would feature a rooftop terrace and bbq area.

A future ‘health care services’ commercial tower proposal by Silverstone Group is located next to Tower 3 of this proposal and was approved by council in April this year.

Ground floor internal spaces for this development will be raised to RL4.7m to provide future immunity to flood waters along the flood prone Melbourne Street.

Tell us what you think about this masterplan below in the comment box. The development application for this project, available to view on Brisbane City Council’s Developmenti online platform is A006136049.

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  • I love the highly active frontage on Melbourne Street and re-use of existing shops, it looks like really good urban design. I’m so glad to see some more natural and lasting materials too, I hope the era of aluminium cladding is over

  • These look truly hideous but at least they are stupidly monstrous in height. Knowing how underhanded and unrepentant developers are that comes after the initial approval, a bump to 30 storeys then 45 then 60

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