A development application has been submitted by JGL Projects for a large 433 residential BTR (build-to-rent) apartment development located at 44 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba.
Designed by bureau^proberts, the development features a unique design which incorporates many varieties of heights and vertical expressions, forming what looks like many multiple towers. Despite this feature, the proposal however incorporates only two towers in a true sense.
The design of the development includes a series of rooftop areas at varied heights. This design nuance of the development provides an opportunity to for multiple rooftop recreation areas to be delivered.
Rooftop recreation areas are provided on each level of the proposed development from level 12 to level 19. This series of rooftop recreation spaces feature a high variety of active and passive recreation opportunities, including:
- Two resident meeting areas / libraries
- Multiple barbecuing and kitchen areas
- Multiple private dining areas that may be booked by residents
- A yoga and fitness lawn
- Multiple lawns for pets
- A 25m pool and associated sundeck areas
- Numerous general recreation areas that are flexible in how they may be used by residents.
The rooftop recreation areas for both towers are linked by two separate landscaped pedestrian skybridges.
“The high degree of inter-connectivity provided within different parts of the development, particularly communal open space areas, will ensure that the resident community of the development are afforded opportunities for casual interactions and will bolster a sense of community and familiarity with one another.” bureau^proberts
The development also incorporate indoor communal open spaces on the upper ground level, which will contribute towards resident recreation, convenience, and amenity. The indoor communal open spaces provided include:
- A coworking and study space for residents with an outlook to Jurgens Street
- Two library areas for residents
- Two cinema rooms as well as a music/games room
- A wellness facility, including a sauna, gym, yoga studio, and massage room.
A newly created cross block link is also proposed which would connect Ipswich Road to Jurgens Street.
- Site Area: 4,716m2
- Height: 14 to 20 storeys high / RL 75.9m
- Apartments: 124 x studio dwellings, 133 x 1 bedroom dwellings, 168 x 2 bedroom dwellings, 8 x 3 bedroom dwellings (433 apartments total)
- Elevators: x4 lifts per tower. Lift-to-unit ratio of 1:54
- Retail: x3 main retail spaces have been allocated as well as a large co-working area with lounge. Combined retail areas (excluding resident amenities) are 741m2.
- Communal Space: A significant amount of residential amenities including pool, dining room, lounge, bbq areas, games rooms, large gym at ground, rooftop yoga and fitness area, pets areas, resident’s library, co-working space, cinemas
- Car Parking: x315 car parking spaces; 63 of which will be visitor spaces and up to 5 spaces will be dedicated to the Centre Activity uses.
- Bike Parking: x274 resident bike parks on lower ground with x277 bike docks planned for the basement level including significant e-mobility charging bays.
- Developer: JGL Projects
- Architect: bureau^proberts
- Landscape Design: Wild Studio
- Town Planner: Urbis
- Sustainability: Significant landscaping throughout the development including on rooftops. Solar PV array planned for communal energy consumption. x118 E-mobility charging docks proposed in the basement area including a large bike parking, wash and repair area.
- Date Submitted: 18/11/2022
A basement residents workshop is also proposed which would include dog wash and pet grooming as well as maintenance sheds.
In total, the proposed development will provide over 3,875m2 of communal open space area and is over 80% of the area of the site.
According to the development application, the built-to-rent model would service the chronically undersupplied millenial market between 25 to 34 age with a strong professional component.
“The demographic and locational characteristics of the Woolloongabba area are highly responsive to, and supportive of, the characteristics aligned with the build-to-rent housing model. To this end, the proposed development will provide for an identified housing need (with respect to supply and typology) for the Woolloongabba area.” – Urbis
Tell us what you think about this development below in the comment box. The development application for this project, available to view on Brisbane City Council’s Developmenti online platform is A006150645.