Modern Office Block Planned to Neighbour Story Bridge


Plans for a five-storey commercial building nestled alongside some of Brisbane’s iconic heritage buildings have been lodged with Brisbane City Council.

Crete Investments as Trustee For Raptis Property Trust No.2 has lodged a development application for a 662sq m site at 180 Main Street at Kangaroo Point.

The property neighbours the Story Bridge and heritage-listed Carroll House, an 1870s two-storey terrace of shops and residences, that conveys the history of one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs.

The Jackson Teece-designed five-storey commercial building would include two basement levels, a ground floor cafe or bar and retail tenancy, and four floors of commercial space.

The five-storey height would be consistent with an adjacent property and the elevation of the Story Bridge.

Place Design Group’s Nicholas Holt wrote in the planning report the development would add to the “vitality” of the Kangaroo Point area.

“The proposed development will deliver a new contemporary five-storey building located adjacent to the Story Bridge with direct views to the Brisbane CBD providing a significant contribution to the vitality and image of Kangaroo Point,” he said.

“Landscaping has been provided as part of the proposed development through the inclusion of various integrated podium and verge planting together with a significant street corner tree adapting to the sub-tropical environment and visual interest of the building.”

▲ A two-storey podium and setbacks were designed to make the commercial building more sympathetic to its heritage surroundings. Image: Jackson Teece
▲ A two-storey podium and setbacks were designed to make the commercial building more sympathetic to its heritage surroundings. Image: Jackson Teece

The roof height is 25.5m “to ensure no obstruction or encroachment into the height clearance zone of the adjoining Story Bridge” according to the town planning report.

“The proposed development is responsive to the site and general character of the Kangaroo Point locality and provides a smooth transition between the built form adjoining [the site] and the Story Bridge to the east.

“A substantial level of glass facade has been incorporated together with podium landscaping to provide a built form outcome that responds to the site characteristics and sub-tropical elements of Brisbane.”

Pre-lodgement minutes from December 2020 indicated the initial plans were not sympathetic enough to the heritage-listed “rare 1870s two-storey masonry terrace of shops and residences” it would abut.

But a heritage consultation report has found the development would not adversely impact the state significant Story Bridge, and would serve to activate Main St, adjoining heritage-listed Carroll House.

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