November 5, 2013 – 12:01AM
brisbanetimes.com.au senior reporter
A concept design of what Brisbane’s new skyline will look like when the largest integrated CBD development is built.
Brisbane’s second tallest building – an 82 storey, 274-metre tall apartment tower – looks set to be built on the North Quay side of the old Supreme and District Court site on George Street.
The 300 George Street development includes three buildings – an office tower, residential apartments and hotel – all built on the inner-city site bordered by George, Adelaide and Ann streets and North Quay.
The current site as it is today looking down George Street. Photo: Tony Moore
Overall it will be one of Brisbane’s largest integrated developments.
In May, Housing Minister Tim Mander announced the court site was sold to the Shayher Group, part of the Taiwan-based conglomerate Par Jar Group.
On Friday the Shayher Group’s development application for the three buildings on the site was lodged with Brisbane City Council.
A concept design of the proposed new development on the old Supreme and District Court site.
Their development application shows;
– an 82-storey residential tower on the corner of North Quay and Adelaide Street;
– a 32-storey, five-star hotel on the corner of Ann Street and North Quay, and;
Floor plans for the development at 300 George Street.
– a 39-storey, office tower on the corner of George and Ann streets.
Underneath these towers on the first three floors; the Shayher Group is proposing a retail shopping mall, that includes a master ballroom, conference facilities and retail stores.
On the new ground, or fourth-floor level would be gardens and an “entrance statement” up from the corner of Adelaide and George streets.
The proposals also show a raised Brisbane River viewing plateau and a central water feature.
Mr Mander said it was great news for the Queensland construction industry.
“Iconic projects like the redevelopment of 300 George Street, and the construction of 1 William Street will create thousands of jobs and help drive the ongoing recovery in the sector,” he said.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Monday said the development application’s decision to include a five-star hotel was “vote of confidence” in the city’s hotel future.
It will now be judged by Council’s planning teams.
“The proposal is a vote of confidence in the strength of the Brisbane hotel market and in the city’s economy, however it must meet our planning criteria,” Cr Quirk said.
“The development application will be assessed on its merits by Council officers to ensure it meets Council’s planning conditions,” he said.
A spokesman for the Shayher Group on Monday night said the company hoped to begin demolition of the old court buildings “early in 2014” if Council approval was granted.
“We hope to commence earnestly in early 2014,” he said.
“You will see the scaffolding coming up pretty soon.
“Next year you will see predominantly the demolition and excavation work and we hope that by the beginning of 2015, we will commence construction from the ground floor up.”
Other aspects of the 300 George Street proposal are:
– the five-star hotel is designed to “shimmer” in the sun;
– the five star hotel is rumoured to be a Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
– the residential apartments looking over the river towards the museum, will have a level 4 recreation deck including a pool, gym, theatre, games room and sauna.
The buildings are designed by Zenx Architects and DBI Architects.
Brisbane’s tallest building will be the 294-metre tall (81 storeys) Infinity Tower, which is now under construction in Herschel Street.
Vision Tower on Mary Street, (283 metres, 68 floors) could be Brisbane’s second tallest building, however the status of that development is unclear, with an eight-storey car park being built on the site.
The Brisbane Times