‘Interesting residential outcome’: Developers eye old riverside quarry site

Developers have moved in to transform part of an eyesore riverside quarry in blue-ribbon Hamilton into a new apartment block, featuring sweeping views of the Brisbane River.

Touted in its development application as “an exciting and visually interesting residential outcome” for the old quarry, the 16-unit complex would replace an existing, derelict six-unit block on the site.

Sales records show the developer, Hamilton Property Developments, paid $3.35 million for the site at 336 Kingsford-Smith Drive in January.

In its development application to Brisbane City Council, which was lodged this week, Hamilton Property Developments talked up its tiered building design.

It would feature seven three-bedroom, five two-bedroom, three four-bedroom and one one-bedroom units.

“The proposed development is for a high-quality multiple dwelling that has been designed … to create a positive and suitably balanced development outcome that has a strong response to south-east Queensland’s sub-tropical climate,” it says.

“The proposed development facilitates urban consolidation of inner-city land and the adaptive reuse of a historic quarry site.”

The proposal falls within the council’s low-medium residential zone, which allowed for a mix of two- and three- storey developments.

At the highest point of Hamilton Property Developments’ proposal for a tiered building, it would stand seven storeys high, opening it up to objection through the public notification process.

“The proposed development has a technical building height of two to seven storeys,” the submission notes.

“The architectural design has responded to the site topography by nestling the proposed building into the escarpment of the site and terracing the building with the rise in Quarry Street.

“As a result, the building has a two-storey interface to Kingsford-Smith Drive to the south … and two-storey interface to the north of the site (the existing ground level of Quarry Street) with building height transitioning in between.”

The council’s Gold CityGlider bus service, which was proposed earlier this month, was a last-minute inclusion cited in Hamilton Property Developments’ pitch.

“The proposed development has been well designed, provides housing choice and increases the density in a location that has good access to high-frequency public transport and employment,” it said.

Old riverside quarry in blue-ribbon Hamilton

The tiered development, side-on from Quarry Street.CREDIT:BCC SUBMISSION

“… In respect of public transport, the proposed gold glider will provide further increased high-frequency public transport for the site and locality.”

The site was close to the proposed Brisbane 2032 Olympic village at Hamilton Northshore.

Last week, Transport Minister Mark Bailey confirmed there were no plans to resurrect the Bligh government’s 2010 plan for a Brisbane Subway, which would have serviced the area with high-frequency underground trains.


Article source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au