QIC Submits Proposal for Integrated CBD Commercial Precinct

Artist's impression of QIC's proposed 62 Mary Street
Artist's impression of QIC's proposed 62 Mary Street

State Government owned Queensland Investment Corporation has submitted a development application for the refurbishment of three existing CBD commercial towers at 111 George Street, 33 Charlotte Street and 54 Mary Street as well as the construction of a new 39-storey (42 level) commercial tower at 62 Mary Street.

Under the proposed plans, an integrated, ‘whole of site’ development with a more permeable and pedestrian-orientated ground floor environment would be created. In addition, the new 42,319 sqm commercial tower which will spring up on the site of an existing three-storey commercial building will house a net lettable area of 38,000 sqm.

Designed by Bureau Proberts and Architectus, 62 Mary Street incorporates a series of protruding pods within an enclosed, tempered atrium space.

Artist's impression of QIC's proposed triplets
Artist’s impression of QIC’s proposed triplets

The atriums feature protected circulation and inhabitable space with the aim of providing future tenants with a unique and invigorating experience. An open facade system to the north-west and south-east of the tower will allow for passive ventilation of the atrium space.

The Triplets project takes the opportunity of the design and construction of a new commercial high-rise tower to be a catalyst to redefine a precinct of the Brisbane CBD. It is driven by a social imperative to provide strong connections between the workplace and public spaces that are engaging and accessible to the city worker along with visitors, whilst becoming a vital part of a diverse city fabric. – Bureau Proberts

Twelve retail tenancies will align the new laneway link running from Mary to Charlotte Street, with seven other retail tenancies planned in other areas of the integrated office precinct.

Artist's impression of new laneway running through QIC's integrated commercial triplets development project
Artist’s impression of new laneway running through QIC’s integrated commercial triplets development project
Artist's impression of new laneway running through QIC's integrated commercial triplets development project
Artist’s impression of new laneway running through QIC’s integrated commercial triplets development project
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Project Rundown

  • Refurbishment of 111 George Street, 33 Charlotte Street and 54 Mary Street
  • Development of new 39-storey (42 level) commercial tower at 62 Mary Street
  • A new cross block link, connecting Mary and Charlotte Streets
  • A total of 1,085 sqm of new retal GFA at ground level, podium level and level 1
  • Landscaping and pedestrian seating areas across the frontages and ground plane.
  • Consolidation and reduction in the number existing vehicle crossovers, including a new vehicle crossover on Mary Street and the internal reconfiguration and expansion of the existing basement levels
  • Provision of a new end-of-trip facility within the basement
  • A range of new and expanded uses at ground and plaza level, including commercial office, shops, food and drink outlets, and potentially including a child care centre, supermarket, medical suites and small-scale multi-use conference facilities

According to the development application, the vision of the creators is to “provide an active and vibrant commercial precinct catering for modern tenant services and amenities and complementary retail offerings leveraging off the nearby Queens Wharf Development and the increasing inner-city population”

QIC is hoping to leverage off the development’s now ideal location, wedged directly in between the Queen’s Wharf Integrated Resort precinct and the new Albert Street underground Cross River Rail station.

Location of QIC's triplet refurbishment and 62 Mary Street tower
Location of QIC’s triplet refurbishment and 62 Mary Street tower

QIC acquired the Government’s building portfolio in 2013 for a reported sum of $561 million following the decision to consolidate departments into 1 William Street. Over 6,000 employees currently work within the existing three office towers.

The development application number for this project is A004868389.

2 COMMENTS

    • Highest achieveable with the structural constraints and lift requirements. Anything taller becomes unfeasible on such a relatively tight site (plate size becomes too smaller after factoring in setbacks and other council requirements)

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