10-Storey Commercial Tower Proposed for Sandgate Road and Higgs Street in Albion

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A ten-storey commercial building has been proposed to rise at 11 Sandgate Road and 4 Higgs Street in Albion.

Proposed by DRJ Investments Pty Ltd and designed by Red Door Architects, the proposed project is situated in a prime location, just next to the Breakfast Creek Hotel. It also sits adjacent to the Inner City Bypass (ICB) and within walking distance of the Albion Park Raceway and Newstead Park. A pedestrian and cyclist track separates the site from the ICB.

Albion Development Application
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Albion Development Application site
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Under the proposal, there will be eight floors of retail space, with levels 1 and 2 designed to be showrooms. Parking for cars, bicycles and motorcycles will be provided at three basement levels.

Aside from the showroom, the ground floor will feature a lobby and reception space as well as a café. The top floor is envisioned to house a roof bar and kitchen with a bar and restaurant, services and equipment, and other amenities.

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According to the development application, the project will significantly add retail, commercial and hospitality to the area, which is surrounded by residential buildings.

Local Resources

The developer describes the design as responsive to the subtropical climate of Brisbane, whilst enriching the urban biodiversity of the local area. The design provides communal shaded space with trees and deep planting at the end of Higgs Street. Green spaces will continue along the pedestrian pathway at the southern boundary.

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Landscaped spaces will also be created at an elevated outdoor terrace on the third floor and the roof terrace at the tenth floor.

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Initial Review

Brisbane City Planning has done an initial review of the development application and requested additional information and amendments to some portions of the proposal. Among the issues raised include provision of a verge to Higgs Street and easement at the southern boundary.

The review also noted that the plans need to provide additional deep planting area for large shade trees. According to City Planning, the present proposal only provides 49.5 square metres or 1.9% of deep planting area.

Other issues raised include flood impacts and stormwater quality management.

Find out more about Development Application A005081009.