Vicinity Plans Large Urban Community For Buranda Village

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Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Tottenham Street entry.

Vicinity Property Investment Trust, the owner of Buranda Village has lodged a development application for the construction of a new urban community at their Buranda Village Shopping Centre site.

Under the proposed plans, Buranda Village shopping centre, which has remained largely unmodified since it first opened in 1978 would be completely demolished with a new ‘world-class’ mixed-use living, working and shopping precinct built in its place.

The three-stage masterplan will first involve the construction of four 15-storey build-to-rent residential buildings within a stage 1 lifestyle precinct, then two 15-storey commercial buildings and one 10-storey building within a working precinct.

Designed by Rothelowman and Hassell, the seven sub-tropical designed buildings would each have their own character and identity within the proposed development and according to the application, reflect all 31 principles of the New World City Design Guide: Buildings That Breathe.

“Buranda village will be a new benchmark in mixed-use development that places healthy living at its heart, exemplifying the environment and experiences that make Brisbane one the world’s most liveable cities.”

“The proposed development will result in a high-quality public realm and pedestrian experience along all
frontages of the site.”

– Rothelowman

Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing Buranda Lane.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing Buranda Lane.

Lifestyle precinct

The lifestyle precinct would comprise of four 15-storey built-to-rent residential towers built above a retail village below. The combined apartment dwellings for the four buildings is 627 apartments.

The ground level retail in this component would feature a 3,400m² Woolworths supermarket as well as a ‘village walk’ which would provide access to ten other smaller retail tenancies.

Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing 'The Terraces'.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing ‘The Terraces’.

Above the retail, within the residential precinct, plans show 3,416m² of rooftop landscaping known as ‘the terraces’. A total of 1,298.7m² of these areas will be publicly accessible.

The residential communal area would feature a pool deck with cabanas and lounges, communal lounge, business lounge, residents gym, kids games room and bookable lounges.

Working Precinct

The working precinct comprises of three commercial towers. C1 tower will have a total of 10 storeys and a gross floor area of 12,384m². This building also would accommodate retail, hotels and bars.

Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing commercial tower 1 (C1).
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing commercial tower 1 (C1).
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing commercial tower 1 (C1).
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing commercial tower 1 (C1).

Another two 15-storey commercial buildings are planned, C2 tower will accommodate a maximum of 27,000m² and C3 tower will accommodate a maximum of 18,000m². These two buildings will accommodate centre activities, hotels, bars and showroom tenancy with a total gross area of less than 1,500m².

“The palette of materials for the C1 tower will be simple and elegant, with a light green tinged glass panel with a white fitted band. The glazing suite will also be a matt white.” – Hassell

The Depot

Up until 1969, the site was used as a depot for Brisbane trams. The Buranda Village redevelopment plans to pay homage to that transit past by designing public amenities resembling the iconic Brisbane trams.

Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing tram inspired public amenities.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing tram inspired public amenities.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing tram inspired public amenities.
Architectural rendering of proposed Buranda Village urban development. Image showing tram inspired public amenities.

The main communal common feature of the proposed development is the provision of a subtropical public plaza at ground level. The plaza would have a total of 8,283m2 of landscaped publicly accessible outdoor open space.

Project rundown

  • Site Area: 21,310m2
  • GFA: 67,262m2 (non-residential uses only)
  • Height: x15 storeys
  • Apartments: x627 dwellings. A1 Tower – x130 dwellings, A2 Tower – x166 dwellings, A3 Tower – x140 dwellings, A4 Tower – x191 dwellings.
  • Retail: Stage 1, (Lifestyle Precinct) – permits for 9,878m2 of centre activities, 627 build-to-rent multiple dwellings, hotels and bars. Stage 2A (Working Precinct & Tower C1) – development permits for 12,384m2 of centre activities, hotels and bars. Stage 2B (Towers C2 & C3) – preliminary approvals for 45,000m2 of centre activities, hotels, bars and a showroom with a gross floor area of less than 1,500m2.
  • Communal Space: 2,026m2 of outdoor open space provided across five levels of outdoor terraces within the podium. This includes a swimming pool, landscaped barbeque areas, formal lawn spaces and informal lounge space. The outdoor spaces complement the indoor communal spaces that include dining rooms, cinema, and a residents gym
  • Lifts: Each residential tower features x2 lifts
  • Car Parking: x1,258 parking spaces
  • Bike Parking: x710 bicycle spaces
  • Architect: Rothelowman, Hassell
  • Landscape Design: Lat27
  • Town Planner: Urbis
  • Sustainability: The development includes a provision for rooftop solar array systems which would provide power to offset common area power consumption.

The proposed development will involve the retention of the existing heritage listed ventilation shaft in it’s current location. This ventilation shaft was erected in 1913 by the South Brisbane Town Council as a component of its Ipswich Road stormwater catchment system.

Plans

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Tell us what you think about this development application below in the comment box. The development application for this project, available to view on Brisbane City Council’s Developmenti online platform is A005910673.

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Building greenery (Buildings that breathe)

89 %

Public realm / Street activation

80 %

Sustainability

91 %

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    metagirl

    MUCH better use of the space than the current, carpark-centric plan, but I wish we could keep a little of the daggy comfort of the existing Buranda – the Target, say, and that awesome middle-eastern takeaway that’s been there forever. And some affordable housing. But I guess it’s less commercially viable then eh?

    February 14, 2022

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    KP

    That is an incredible amount of planting that will require both water and maintenance to remain healthy. I imagine the body corp fees with be astronomical.
    Nice if it can be achieved, but depressing if not well managed.

    January 13, 2022

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    Peter

    Definitely an improvement on the existing centre. It does feel like a collection of buildings like a village which hopefully activates the currently suffering ground plane as described by the architect.

    January 13, 2022

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    MH

    A significant improvement on the existing shopping centre / car park.

    However it needs:
    – fewer car parks
    – better ways of addressing the street level on some aspects
    – better integration with public transport
    – probably a few more retail / restaurant options.

    January 12, 2022

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    Chris

    The green space is elevated and disconnected from street level and the building architectural design and colour scheme is not modern and reminiscent of gold Coast 80s architecture. Overall poor outcomes.

    January 12, 2022

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    Ben C

    Great to see the area cleaned up, hopefully this development will clean out the druggies and undesirables that plague the area.

    January 12, 2022

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    lscape

    70 page landscape da? huge by lat27

    January 12, 2022

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