Updated DA for ‘Trilogy’ features bridge provision to Cross River Rail

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Artist's impression of updated 'Trilogy' development
Artist's impression of updated 'Trilogy' development

An updated development application has been lodged for the mixed-use Trilogy development located at 352 Vulture Street, Kangaroo Point.

A community consultation process has concluded and the developer has made several changes to the original design. Changes to the existing application include a provision for a new pedestrian overpass that would connect directly into the Cross River Rail Woolloongabba precinct across the road.

According to planner Urbis, a future public overpass would “resolve the existing pedestrian connectivity challenges within the precinct and allow large volumes of pedestrians to move easily across both Main and Vulture Street without needing to wait for signals to cross multiple lanes of vehicle traffic.”

Artist's impression of Trilogy development, Kangaroo Point
Artist’s impression of Trilogy development, Kangaroo Point
Public statements

In response to community feedback, the applicant states that it has made changes to the proposed design to provide “greater focus on creating an active and exciting entertainment precinct within the lower levels of the development”.

Proposed retail uses

Information Response
Artist's impression of Trilogy development, Kangaroo Point
Artist’s impression of Trilogy development, Kangaroo Point
Artist's impression of Trilogy development, Kangaroo Point
Artist’s impression of Trilogy development, Kangaroo Point

“The proposed development will make a significant contribution to the evolution of Woolloongabba as a vibrant and active entertainment precinct in its own right (rather than relying solely on sporting events at the Gabba to generate activity). This is a significant public benefit associated with the proposed development.” – Urbis.

Artist’s impression of Trilogy development, Kangaroo Point
Artist’s impression of Trilogy development, Kangaroo Point

Height has also been an issue for the DA, which lead the applicant to reduce the maximum building height to 28 storeys for Tower A and 22 storeys for Towers B and C. Planner Urbis also states that the “development now provides additional, significant public benefits.”

Additional changes include public realm enhancements which includes:

  • A feature fig tree planting on the corner of Vulture and Main Street. “This will complete the ‘quadrant of fig trees’ on each corner of this intersection.”
  • Public seating throughout the ground plane and along the public edges of the building.
  • Landscaped water features provided along the edge of the public realm.
  • Provision of public art fronting Vulture Street.
  • Setbacks to accommodate substantial road widening of both Main Street and Vulture Street.

Landscaping changes

Urbis has also highlighted that the project “exemplifies the principles of subtropical design excellence”.

Updated subtropical design elements in Trilogy
Updated subtropical design elements in Trilogy

Additional plantings have been provided as well as lower-level awning structures for shade and shelter from the elements.

Buildings that Breathe

Skybridge

According to the architect Altis Architecture, the design evolution of the Sky Bridge has responded to feedback provided by the Council.

What is now proposed is a thin, tapered structure housing a shallow reflection pool with landscaping applied to the leading edge.

The total structure is proposed to be circa 1.5m deep with all residential dwellings removed from the underside. Tapering the leading edge of the sky bridge further assists in thinning out the structure further reducing mass and scale.

“The final result has significantly reduced the appearance of building mass & scale and aims to deliver a high quality, iconic architectural symbol for the wider community.” – Altis Architects

The development application for this project, available to view on Brisbane City Council’s Planning & Development Online is A005344952.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Sites like these are always a challenge, Proposals tend to lead to building forms such as this with multiple towers in close proximity to each other to meet Gfa and feasibility demands. One unfortunate downside to this is it leads to overshadowing of balconies and creates dark cold spaces between the buildings due to lack on natural lighting.

  2. BCC needs to stop focusing on road widening – this intersection will be hell for pedestrians if they keep widening everywhere and it makes it very difficult for the developer to match the good upper storey design with an active frontage at street level. BCC can only seem to see a car-filled future with drive up high rises. Such a mediocre vision for the city.

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