Brisbane, as predicted, has started to see a turn toward commercial developments with DAs lodged for proposed office buildings on Albert Street, in Fortitude Valley, and Upper Mount Gravatt.


Of note, the Albert Street DA will see the demolition of the existing Suncorp Plaza tower. Well known for the clock that sits atop the building and its unique north-south orientation that places it on an angle to the city grid, the structure is less known for being Brisbane’s first high rise, and at the time the only structural steel framed high rise building in the city.


Standing at 118 metres, the building heralded a new era in the Brisbane CBD with other known high rises soon following including the National Bank House in 1976 (104 metres), AMP Place or the ‘gold tower’ in 1977 (135 metres), and Comalco House or the ‘blue tower’ in 1983 (134 metres).


So while we all look forward to seeing the proposed 343 Albert Street building unfold skyward, it’s also an important time to recognise the ingenuity and forward thinking of the developers, architects, engineers and builders that have shaped our skyline to date.


September Quarter Highlights


343 Albert Street, Brisbane
Morris Property Group and Amalgamated Property Group
Proposed demolition of existing commercial office building and construction of new 30 storey premium commercial building


89-91 Mclachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
Pellegrino Group Australia and Australian Capital Limited parent companies
Proposed new six storey A-grade boutique commercial building


880 Creek Road, Carina Heights
Proposed 201 x 2 bedroom units within the Residential Care Facility and 163 units within the Retirement Facility


52 Oaks Street, Taringa
Proposed 255 single bedroom units within the Residential Care Facility and 150 units within the Retirement Facility


301 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
301 Wickham Street Pty Ltd
Proposed 27 storey, A-grade commercial tower with offices, function rooms, childcare, gym and common areas.


17 Wadley Street, Upper Mount Gravatt
Quintessential Equity 035 Pty Ltd
Proposed 14-storey A Grade commercial tower with approximately 25,500sqm GFA, ground floor cafe and pedestrian link to Westfield Garden City


6 Crosby Road, Albion
DRI Pty LTd and Pointcorp Albion Pty Ltd
Proposed mixed use development within a refurbished building comprising approximately 1,400sqm of retail and commercial floor space


13,15 & 17 Manning Street, South Brisbane
Proposed 261 residential apartments and 417sqm of retail floor space on the ground floor


312–318 Finucane Road, Alexandra Hills
Retail Fuel Developments
Proposed service station and restaurant in the redevelopment of a residential property that is located in the Urban Residential Zone