Taringa Approval: Mixed Use Development To Include Private Hospital, Surgery, Hotel, Residential

A private hospital will become a feature in a 12-storey tower to be built at Taringa following Brisbane City Council’s approval of the project on 2 August.

The City Planning Committee gave the green light to the 32 Morrow Street development that is set to include a day surgery, health care, office, cafe, short-term accommodation, shop and multiple dwellings, according to The Courier-Mail. 

City Planning chairman Julian Simmonds offered his support of the development by Westside Private Pty Ltd.

Level one will house health care including X-ray and pathology as well as retail.

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The hospital day surgery on level two will be 1739 sqm plus 12 consulting suites on the level above. Vehicle access will be achieved via Harry’s Road.

It is understood the day surgery will be used for treatment, IVF and cosmetic surgery with medical specialists in the suites. Four Skyhomes will be located on levels nine and 10, alongside loft-style apartments on the same levels. The top level will host a communal roof terrace for its apartment residents.

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A childcare centre is located on level five and there will be three levels of short-term accommodation as part of a boutique hotel.

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Level nine and 10 will be residential, complete with balconies, and above will be the rooftop space, including a pool.

The site will have four basement levels with 198 car parks and 61 bicycle parking spaces.

This includes 10 carparks dedicated to the childcare centre.

The proposed scheme differs from the previous residential DA granted for this site in that it is an intelligent example of a mixed use scheme that implements the four pillars of sustainable design. This scheme addresses economic, educational, social and environmental opportunities through use, design of form, material selection and technology. From the perspective of use, the building will interact as a community offering all the necessary components for a microcosm including:

– Retail

– Food and Beverage

– Hotel

– Day Surgery

– Allied Health

– Residential

The alternative accommodation uses are delineated through separation of materiality, scale and alignment.

Immediately adjacent to this development on Harry’s road is a 140 apartment residential site that is currently under construction.

Location

The site at 28 Morrow Street is situated on the Taringa escarpment, with its eastern boundary overlooking the city. The site proper is bounded by Morrow Street, Harry’s Road and the western railway corridor facilitating the Ipswich/Rosewood connection on its north, east and southern boundaries. The western boundary is neighboured by the Taringa Baptist church. Morrow Street is a one-way slip road that distributes the western corridor traffic off of Moggill Road.

Taringa Neighbourhood Plan

On Tuesday 2 February 2016, Council adopted amendments to Brisbane City Plan 2014 to include the Taringa Neighbourhood Plan together with necessary consequential amendments. The amendments commenced on 19 February 2016.

Highlights of the neighbourhood plan

  • New development to be focused in the established Taringa Village, in close proximity to the Taringa Railway Station and high frequency bus services along Moggill Road and Morrow Street. The majority of the neighbourhood plan area will remain unchanged.
  • The Taringa Core Precinct will continue to be the heart of the suburb with new development up to eight storeys providing a vibrant mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, commercial, residential and community uses.
  • High density, mixed use development up to 12 storeys in the Gateway Precinct will improve the pedestrian environment and access to the railway station.
  • A new public plaza will be provided in conjunction with new mixed use development up to 10 storeys in the Harrys Road East Precinct. Development in this precinct will be residential with uses such as shops and cafes on the ground level.
  • Long-term improvements are proposed to the Moggill Road corridor to improve the movement of traffic around Taringa and enable improved amenity and access through Taringa Village.

The Taringa-St Lucia Neighbourhood Plan commenced in 2010 and was placed on hold in mid-late 2011 pending further investigations into flooding, transport and other infrastructure. Subsequently, the boundary was changed to discount St Lucia.

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