A development application has been submitted by RG Property for a 15-storey residential tower located at 36 Warry Street, Fortitude Valley.
The development proposes an integrated ground floor retail plane between the existing heritage buildings of Keating’s Bread Factory and the new built form.
Comprising of a total of 118 one, two, three and four bedroom residential apartments, the development would also include a landscaped retail laneway running from Kennigo Street.
Designed by Blight Rayner, a rooftop recreation deck is proposed which would include a spa, pool, BBQ area. A gym and yoga terrace is proposed for level one.
According to the development application, the proposal represents an exciting opportunity to repurpose and enhance the existing heritage site into a new lifestyle precinct which borders Spring Hill and Fortitude Valley with a key public benefit of the development is the integration of the heritage place into the heart of the redevelopment, with an integrated historical ground floor plane which has been repurposed as a lifestyle destination.
“New retail tenancies on the ground floor have been carefully integrated in between the existing heritage fabric on-site and the new building. The proposed design will ensure the activation of the ground floor plane and public laneway and will deliver a new public realm generating a much-needed social link for Spring Hill and its immediate surrounds.”
“The proposed 15-storey apartment building forms an L-shape that creates the pedestrian laneway through the middle of the site that will be publicly accessible whilst providing the main address to the residential building and access to the residential lobby.
The proposed development provides for a design which incorporates deep recesses, architectural articulation and expressions as well as the provision of a series of vertical portions that contrast with the horizontal base.” – Urbis.
The siting of the tower has been guided by the existing heritage values and the desire to ensure a compliant side boundary setback into protect the adjoining development potential.
According to planners Urbis, the proposed scheme does not alter nor impact upon any of the heritage buildings, and the footings of the proposed building are set well away from any heritage foundations.
- Site area: 4,390m2
- Height: 15 storeys / RL 81.13m
- Apartments: Total apartments: x118. 4 x 4 Bedrooms, 35 x 3 Bedrooms, 51 x 2 Bedrooms, 28 x 1 Bedrooms.
- Total retail GFA: 311m2
- Lifts: x2 lifts (lift-ratio 1:59)
- Communal space: Yoga Terrace and Gym = 136m2, Communal Rooftop = 394m2
- Public open space: 525m2
- Car parking: 184 spaces (inc. 18 visitor)
- Bike parking: 148 spaces (118 resident + 30 visitor)
- Developer: RG Property
- Architect: Blight Rayner
- Landscape Architect: Urbis
- Town Planner: Urbis
- Sustainability: Elevated greenery and gardens proposed. A rainwater tank is provided at roof level to fulfil irrigation needs for vertical and ground level planting. There is no planned rooftop solar PV system.
The Thomas Keating bread factory complex was originally built in stages from 1907.
The ground level concept is to integrate the heritage buildings with the new built environment by linking them into a pedestrian laneway activated by food and retail outlets.
On the Kennigo Street side, the building is cantilevered over the pedestrian laneway, avoiding columns in the space and providing shelter to the laneway experience.
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 A006020142.
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I think its such a beautiful spot, to have it enhanced in a contemporary setting would be exciting. I think a large amount of 4 and 3 bedroom units is fantastic. Spring Hill deserves a come back.
I think the 15 story building is incredibly jarring. The architect should integrate the external facade more closely to the bread factory’s angles and style.
Having smooth modern curves on top of the historic, triangular, sharp-angled, brick-façaded bread factory doesn’t make any sort of visual sense when it comes to a suburban street character. While I support development, this kind of “dropped spaceship” approach to development should be stopped.