Brisbane's 205m Queen Street commercial development gains approval

Brisbane's 205m Queen Street commercial development gains approval
Brisbane's 205m Queen Street commercial development gains approval

Brisbane City Council has executed a quick turnaround on a major planning application in order to provide one of Brisbane's largest commercial office developments with the green light.

Project partners Investa and Charter Hall submitted the sizeable planning application earlier this year. Council has in turn granted the hulking 205 metre commercial office tower with approval a little over a week ago, subject to a raft of minor conditions.

Simply known as 360 Queen Street, the development will account for a quartet of low and medium-rise dated commercial buildings in the heart of Brisbane's CBD. In a relatively swift process, Investa and Charter Hall only secured all buildings across the 2,147 square metre site during June 2017 for $53.75 million.

Brisbane's 205m Queen Street commercial development gains approval
Hero perspective. Image: 360queen.com.au

360-380 Queen Street is located in Brisbane's ‘Golden Triangle’ which home to a high concentration of financial institutions. Valued at $650 million, the co-owners task of securing a major tenant for the tower which includes 50,000 square metres of A-Grade office space will be bolstered by the recent approval.

The Blight Rayner-designed project includes a new public pedestrian thoroughfare which will link Queen Street to Giffin Lane and Ely Lane, and was to have been lined by retail tenancies. Final plans for the development have dropped the retail aspect in favour for food and retail, or hotel uses.

Additionally, an amphitheatre, underground supermarket, childcare centre, business lounge and various other entertainment/dining options will assist in drawing the public to the area.

A vertical green wall will mask the adjoining property boundary, whilst a 'suspended' green zone will feature mid podium. Thereafter three separate green spaces will break the tower's form at levels 13, 28 and 40, in addition to a vertical chasm that will add extra greenery externally. 

360 Queen Street will target a 5 Star Green Star Design rating, 5 Star NABERS Energy rating, plus WELL Core and Shell Gold certification.

Brisbane's 205m Queen Street commercial development gains approval
External terrace. Image: 360queen.com.au

Leasing for the development is now active with CBRE appointed as the agent of choice. 360 Queen Street will enter the Brisbane commercial office market at an interesting juncture.

A Knight Frank report on the state of the Brisbane CBD office market dated April 2018 notes that total commercial vacancy is expected to fall from 16.2% at the start of 2018 to approximately 13.5% by the end of the year. Knight Frank assert that the Brisbane CBD office market will see little new stock over the course of 2018, although a number of major projects are in the pipeline.

The report identifies 12 separate commercial office developments slated for Brisbane's CBD that combined would add 300,000 plus square metres over and above existing stock. 360 Queen Street alongside Mirvac's 80 Ann Street and ISPT's The Regent development constitute the largest office developments in Brisbane CBD's pipeline.

According to the development partnership, construction is expected to commence in the first half of 2019, although overall approval and tenant pre-commitments are first required.

Brisbane's 205m Queen Street commercial development gains approval
Aerial perspective of the approved commercial tower. Image: 360queen.com.au
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Brisbane Office development Investa Charter Hall Blight Rayner

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