Boggo Road gaol set for village conversion

Boggo Road gaol set for village conversion
Boggo Road gaol set for village conversion

More than 130 years after Queensland’s notorious Boggo Road gaol opened, it is set to morph in a $300 million inner-city village.

The best-preserved heritage-listed ANNERLEY cellblock that opened in 1901 is likely to be converted into a museum while the original prison courtyard will be a park. In two areas beside the former goal 500 one, two and three bedroom apartments will be built.

A food market and bars will be between the Queensland Government’s EcoScience building and the prison. Callie Malouf Investments, which is behind New Farm’s James Street markets, has already secured operating rights to the market.

The first apartments to be released will be on Peter Doherty Street, off ANNERLEY Road with prices starting from $379,000.

According to RP Data the median price for units on ANNERLEY Road is $421,000.

Leighton Holdings will develop the sustainable village project with owner the Department of Housing and Public Works

Gavin Tonnet, Leighton Properties national head of residential, recognises the extraordinary nature of the property.

“The Boggo Road Gaol is a unique public asset, but experienced by very few. Through interpretive planning and sensitive design, the proposal seeks to retain the aesthetic and social significance of the area and transform it into a public place that incorporates educational opportunities, tours and a museum,” he says.  

The National Trust, Boggo Road Gaol Tours and the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society have all worked in consultation with Leighton and the government.

 

 

 

 

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