A development application has been submitted for a new 10-storey residential apartment tower located at 439 Montague Road, West End.
Known in the development application as ‘The Tannery Residences’, the development comprises of 84 dwellings and is being developed by builder-developer McNab.
Designed by Cottee Parker architects, the project team plans to adapt and reuse the oldest and largest part of the existing heritage building for two ‘heritage units’.
The development will feature a full rooftop recreation deck offering a pool, spa, bbq areas, gym, sun beds, outdoor kitchen and steam room with the communal open spaces totalling 1,582m2 at the ground level and rooftop garden level.
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The project is set to forgo traditional basement parking, opting instead for above-ground parking to minimise potential impacts on the existing heritage building.
This choice is rooted in concerns about existing soil conditions and the risk of building foundations moving during construction, showcasing a thoughtful and considerate approach to the development.
Urban Strategies, Development Application
|10-storeys plus rooftop deck / 48.2m
|Number of apartments: x84
– 2 Bedrooms x33
– 3 Bedrooms x51
|x2 elevators (lift-to-unit ratio of 1:42)
|Communal open spaces totalling 1,582m2 at the Ground Level and Rooftop Garden level
|x161 spaces total:
– 149 resident car parking spaces provided at Levels 1 to 3
– 2 visitor car parking spaces, including 2 PWD spaces provided at Level 1
|x105 bicycle parking spaces:
– 84 resident spaces provided at Levels 1 to 3
– 21 visitor spaces provided at Level 1
|– Deep planting throughout development
– Rainwater harvesting
– Rooftop solar panels are ‘being investigated’ at the rooftop level to provide power to the common areas.
– Each apartment has operable windows to bedrooms and sliding doors to living areas to promote natural ventilation.
– Ample bike storage
– There is no recycling chute or dual waste diverter, meaning residents would need to manually take recycling down to the basement. This doesn’t encourage building recycling and a recycling chute diverter is needed for this project.
The development is situated on an unusual internal site with street access via a laneway easement off Montague Road. The zoning of the subject site is HDR1 high density residential
The development application is currently under Impact Assessment due to the overall height and partial demolition of a heritage place on the site. Despite these challenges, the proponents argue that the height of the building aligns with the established and emerging developments in the immediate locality.
In terms of heritage preservation, the proposal aims to retain the original Dixon’s Tannery building, constructed in the late 19th Century, while demolishing the extension to the west, believed to have been built in the early 20th Century.
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Dixon’s Tannery Existing Brick Factory was constructed and reinstated by Thomas Coar Dixon in 1893 after the first tannery was destroyed in the 1893 Brisbane floods.
It operated for 77 years and closed in 1970. Playing an influential role in the industrial and commercial development of South Brisbane it was a well-known and successful business of the early twentieth century producing leather (Brisbane City Council, 2020).
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Development application link
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