Proposed Hamilton Hill Home Revamp to Exceed Typical Height Restrictions

A stately 1950s brick residence perched atop Hamilton Hill with vistas of the winding Brisbane River could make way for a luxurious new home pushing architectural boundaries.

Read: Developer Looks to Demolish 1940s Hamilton Abode

The existing three-storey house at 15 Quarry Street sits in one of Brisbane’s most exclusive enclaves, but its owners have applied to demolish it and erect a dazzling modern rebuild in its place. 

Plans filed with the Brisbane City Council detail a design-forward dwelling oriented to capitalise on million-dollar river views through walls of glass and sprawling terraces.

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“The application seeks to demolish an existing post-1946 dwelling house and introduce a new dwelling to the premises. It is noted that the current dwelling is a post 1946 dwelling and therefore will not be subject to the requirements of the Traditional Building Character (Demolition Code),” planners stated in the application.

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The proposed rebuild, designed by LVO Architecture, would soar over 9.5 metres in parts, exceeding the area’s height limits, though the couple’s consultants argue the design meets council requirements by terracing the floors to avoid exceeding three storeys at any point. 

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Whilst constrained by the existing property’s irregular shape, the architectural plans skillfully incorporate nine parking spaces, a new driveway entrance off Quarry Street, and retention of an existing rear access easement. Some side setbacks would be tighter than typically permitted.

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Photo credit: LVO Architecture 

The design team touts the use of “high quality” materials and that the home is “befitting of its setting” crowning Hamilton Hill. The council application argues the proposed residence meets key performance criteria despite the minor height breaches.

Behind this ambitious vision are owners Eric and Paula Steed, the couple who own multiple jewellery stores across Australia. 

Read: Prized Hamilton Home Faces Partial Demolition to Kick Off Next Chapter

When not overseeing their retail empire, the Steeds split time between a $5.5 million riverfront apartment in Kangaroo Point offering “jaw-dropping” city views and their dated Hamilton Hill property they now aim to replace.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.