Brisbane’s skyline is ever growing and in the next few years, it’s set to soar. Over the next five years, Brisbane is expecting to have new skyscrapers towering over the city, including the Brisbane Skytower, which was approved last month.
The Brisbane Skytower from property group Billbergia and the new $800 million skyscraper from the Shayher Group will be racing to finish the construction on their new buildings as both are expected to reach 274 metres so they will both be racing for the title of the tallest building in the city.
The Brisbane Skytower, while plans currently show it will only reach 274 meters, is currently under discussion and may overtake the Shayher Group’s building.
Plans have been lodged to raise the height of the building an additional 26 meters to 300 meters tall. It is unknown whether these plans will be approved however, with the chance that the height may cause disruptions for flight paths.
If the plans are approved however, the Brisbane Skytower will become one of Australia’s tallest buildings.
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Shayher Group was approved in 2013 to build an $800 million trio of towers that will be on the former Law Courts site. The Taiwan-based company bought the site from the government in early 2013.
The development will produce a 32-storey five-star hotel that will feature 305 rooms with 12 retail and commercial tenants and an express supermarket.
The other two towers will include a 274 metre residential tower and a 39-storey (182m) office building.
Construction is expected to commence early 2015.
William Street Development
Joining the Brisbane Skytower and the Shayher Group’s skyscraper on Brisbane’s ever growing skyline, is also the “tower of power” government building that is being built on 1 William Street which is expected to reach only 267 metres, including its spire, not quite reaching the heights of the other buildings. CBUS Property hold the contract for the development.
The project is expected to be completed by 2017 and upon completion will create over 1000 jobs.
Queen Street Development
Development applications have also recently been lodged for the residential tower at 550 Queen Street, near John’s Cathedral, which unlike the other sky-high towers, will only reach 134 meters. The 40-level, $200 million development has been named Spire with Consolidated Properties looking after the development.
The building’s location and its design is set to provide apartment owners with expansive views of the city, the Story Bridge and Brisbane River.
All the buildings expected for the coming years are reaching heights of over double of what was being reached during the 1960s, with the tallest building then reaching only 92 meters.
Reaching New Heights
Not only are the buildings reaching new heights, but the amount of skyscrapers in the city is also growing. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has said that 25 buildings have been constructed in the CBD in the past 25 years and that more than 50 will be built within the next 20.
“We’re going to see a gradual evolutionary change to our skyline. It won’t happen overnight. The market will determine when those buildings rise,” Councillor Quirk said.
“Brisbane will never be seeking the world’s tallest building, but we would like to see more flexibility around the (274m) number, we’ve had the height limit of 274 metres for a long time now, but this is the first time someone has wanted to build to that height.”
Build to that height they will, with plans for completion expected in 2018, all the buildings will be setting a new level for future developments.
The Queens Wharf development will also produce another skyscraper for Brisbane’s skyline however the details for the development have not yet been finalised until a developer can be named.
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