Gleeson Family Wins Approval for Townsville's Hive


Gleeson Group are gearing up to start work on redeveloping an entire block in Townsville after gaining approval from the council.

Stage one of the Hive was granted approval to build a five-storey contemporary building opposite the Reef HQ Aquarium on Flinders Street in Townsville’s CBD.

Gleeson worked with DMA Partners and architect Conrad Gargett to plan the building with 6472sq m of office, retail and service industry space.

The federal government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will be the anchor tenant, occupying two levels of the building.

A five storey, flat office building with ocean coloured louvers which is surrounded by palm trees in Townsville.
▲ The North Queensland-based developer plans to build a mid-rise office building at the site of an old carpark in Townsville CBD.

Gleeson Group managing director Therese Smith said they were delighted to see their flagship asset getting under way.

“It is stage one of our world class inner-city mixed-use project, the Hive, and marks a positive step forward for our region,” Smith said.

“As citizen investors, generations of our family live here and we are focused on the Hive being a placemaking project with a legacy for future generations to enjoy.

“We will tender for a build partner in the coming months and construction of 1 Flinders Street is expected to begin in mid 2022.”

Townville deputy mayor Mark Molachino said the development would be a welcome addition to the precinct.

“There’s no doubt that this end of Flinders Street has been ready for development for some time and I am delighted that this project is coming to fruition,” Molachino said.

“Council’s planning team have undertaken a thorough assessment of the application and given it the green light, subject to a number of conditions covering issues such as landscaping, car parking and footpath upgrades.”

An aerial image of Townsville marina along with renders of a tower behind a pub and modern facility proposed for the area.
▲ A Nearmap image of the block and proposed designs for other parts of The Hive in Townsville.

The family-owned investment group plans on growing the site to accommodate 18,000sq m of space focused on marine science, heritage, arts and culture.

Future stages included a concert hall, convention centre, hotel, research and educational facilities, apartments, medical facilities as well as the renovation of the state heritage-listed Queen’s Hotel.

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