Frasers Property Propose New Residential Tower in Newstead

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Architectural rendering of Fraser Property's Chester & Morse
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property's Chester & Morse

Frasers Property has submitted a development application for a 17-storey residential building located at the corner of Chester and Morse Street, Newstead.

Designed by Rothelowman, the development comprises of 142-apartments as well as 10 three-storey terrace homes.

On ground level, a triple height public plaza has been proposed which aims to be permeable and allow better street activation encouraging a range of active uses. Two ground level retail opportunities area also proposed for the public plaza area.

Above the plaza, the tower has been designed into an ‘L’ shaped form to maximise aspects.

As part of the proposal, Frasers will reinvigorate the existing cross-block link which connects Chester Street to Wandoo Street.

Architectural rendering of Fraser Property's Chester & Morse
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property’s Chester & Morse
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property's Chester & Morse
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property’s Chester & Morse

“At the pre-lodgement meeting, Council is supportive of the development enabling future initiative of redeveloping the Morse Street Park adjacent to the west of the development site.” – Urbis

According to Rothelowman, the design has been thoughtfully crafted in order to maximise public realm benefits compared to a standard code compliant building scheme which would see residential density of 17 apartments per floor plate as opposed to the proposed 11 apartments in this application.

In an effort to epitomize Queensland living, a ‘fern house’ concept has been applied to the apartments which allow them to celebrate the outdoors more and have permeable zones.

Architectural rendering of Fraser Property's Chester & Morse internal fern house concept
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property’s Chester & Morse internal fern house concept

“Blurring the lines between interior and exterior. A layered experience”

“The indoor/outdoor lifestyle is embraced through the sequence of entry to balcony edge. Living spaces and bedrooms become balconies through a series of architectural devices, controlled and tuned according to how one chooses to live.” – Rothelowman

The development provides a rooftop communal area that provides recreational amenities for residents.

The rooftop features lush vegetation to achieve a subtropical character and aims to be a functionable space through a range of outdoor amenities including a pool, BBQ lounge area, sun decks, hot/cold spa, and dining lounge.

Architectural rendering of Fraser Property's Chester & Morse rooftop communal deck
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property’s Chester & Morse rooftop communal deck
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property's Chester & Morse rooftop communal deck
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property’s Chester & Morse rooftop communal deck

Project rundown

  • Site Area: 3,016m2
  • GFA: Residential apartments: 15,165m2, Townhouses: 3,547.60m2
  • Height: Maximum 16/17 storeys (Max. RL 60.50 – 16 storeys to Morse Street and part 17 storeys to Chester Street)
  • Apartments: x12 one-bedroom apartments, x75 two-bedrooms apartments, x48 three-bedroom apartments, x7 penthouses, plus x10 terrace homes (x152 apartments total).
  • Lifts: x2 lifts. Lift ratio is 1:71 apartments.
  • Retail: x2 ground floor tenancies
  • Communal Space: Rooftop recreation deck
  • Car Parking: x251 car parks
  • Bike Parking: x190 bicycle parks
  • Architect: Rothelowman
  • Landscape Design: RPS Group
  • Town Planner: Urbis
  • Sustainability: the building will provide for many sustainable design initiatives, including a reduction in energy use and efficient HVAC system, high efficiency LED lighting, high performance glazing as well as natural ventilation. Further initiatives include, solar panels and a green roof, high efficiency sanitation fittings and dishwashers to reduce water consumption and ensuring all spaces meet GBCA’s requirements for indoor air quality, lighting, acoustic and thermal comfort.

Ten low-set terrace homes with secure triple lock up garages along Morse Street are proposed. The low-set terrace homes are spread over 3 storey vertical villages, providing a different form of housing typology for the local area.

Architectural rendering of Fraser Property's Chester & Morse's proposed terrace homes
Architectural rendering of Fraser Property’s Chester & Morse’s proposed terrace homes

The townhouses consist of 3-bedroom dwellings and make up 6.6% of the overall residential products of this development.

The existing land uses of the subject site include light industrial and open car park that fronts Chester Street and Morse Street.

Plans

App B - Proposed Plans (1)

 

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 A005938358.

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    Darryl Cuzzubbo

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I strongly oppose the proposed development as a tenant of the adjacent Chester and Ella apartments.

    I note that the Fortitude Valley Neighborhood plan has been incredibly successful in establishing a well-known vibrant and sought-after part of the city. As someone who has recently moved from Melbourne, I can attest to the fact that Brisbane’s reputation overall has been enhanced by this very strategic and thoughtful plan. What I don’t understand is why jeopardizing this would be permitted by approving a proposal that goes against the very essence of your plan.

    I note that the developers are a Singapore based organization. As someone that lived in Singapore for 6 years, this development and in particular its adjacency to Chester and Ella and 895 Anne Street, will move us towards the congested feel that you experience in Singapore as opposed to the open, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere that has been created in the James Street precinct. Furthermore, should Brisbane City Council goes against their well thought through plan that has worked to date, other developers will be encouraged to argue why their proposed developments should also be considered despite not being compliant with your planning scheme. How can you say no to others when you have said yes to this proposal?

    Consequently, I oppose this proposal on the following grounds:

    1. It goes directly against the Fortitude Valley Neighborhood plan (James Street precinct) which poses a maximum height of 8 stories. By having this proposal at double what Brisbane City Council has deemed a maximum combined with the Chester and Ella building and 895 Anne Street (being developed) so close, you are creating visual congestion and an inner-city built-up feel that will go against the open, welcoming, vibrant atmosphere that Brisbane City Council has successfully created to date

    2. It goes directly against the Fortitude Valley Neighborhood plan (James Street precinct) objective of being a transitional precinct as you move towards the residential area of New Farm. Essentially you would be allowing a medium rise building that is double the maximum allowable height to significantly erode the objective of this being a transition precinct.

    3. Access to this development from Anne St (coming from the city, airport, North or West of the city) and James Street (coming from the Story Bridge or South of the city) is already incredibly congested which is detracting from the open, vibrant and welcoming of James Street – the very thing that presumably the Fortitude Valley Neighborhood plan was designed to avoid.

    Please feel free to contact me if you require any further clarification.

    I truly hope that the long term strategic thinking that has gone into your Fortitude Valley Neighbourhood plan is upheld for the benefit of the majority.

    Your Sincerely
    Darryl Cuzzubbo

    May 1, 2022

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    Kit

    Exciting proposal that will no doubt be a great addition to this area.

    Brisbane needs to focus more on providing affordable apartments to a growing population though. My concern is that we will continue to see these flashy upmarket developments that are out-of-reach for the majority. Especially considering the central areas.

    February 11, 2022

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