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‘Stretching, pulling’ Perth Property expert calls for end to city’s sprawl at expense of CBD

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A prominent Perth property identity has queried state spending on projects fringing the CBD while its centre goes begging, creating a sprawling city without a heart.

Multiplex WA managing director Chris Palandri told an industry gathering last week the city was being “stretched and pulled in every direction” as the state government continually favoured decentralised projects that “elongated” an already enormous city.

His commentary follows WAtoday columnist Gareth Parker’s recent description of the city as full of disconnected, masterplanned precincts that left it “derelict and depressing” instead of enlivened.

The Property Council of Australia WA lunch on Friday focused on the $1.5 billion City Deal bonanza of federal funds to bring Edith Cowan University’s business and technology schools, plus its WA Academy of Performing Arts, into Perth city, representing 10,000 students.

This centrepiece of the deal, plus another 5000 students each from relocating certain schools from Curtin and Murdoch, is hoped to eventually deliver foot traffic, a so-called “night-time economy” and a population boost to the city centre, which is well behind the residential population density of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

In a discussion on whether this would be the transformative hit commentators have for years said Perth’s economy and atmosphere were sorely in need of, and diminish anti-social behaviour, homelessness and vacant storefronts currently dominating the city experience, Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said it was the “start of our city boom”.

But Mr Palandri identified other another trend potentially stalling progress.

He said “alternative” land parcels being developed east of the city “cannibalised” population growth that might otherwise benefit core boroughs such as Elizabeth Quay.

Examples of redevelopments in East Perth include Claisebrook Village, the East Perth train station upgrade, East Perth Power Station, Optus Stadium, Belmont Park and Riverside, which includes the long-dormant Waterbank overlooking the Causeway in East Perth that has seen no construction start despite being in development for the past 10 years.

The government has played an instrumental hand in most of these, most controversially recently the East Perth Power Station.

“I don’t know why the state government is spending money at East Perth when we have all that land around Royal Perth Hospital,” Mr Palandri said.

“Perth is pretty much empty. Go to any suburban park mid-Sunday afternoon. The joint is empty. We can take another million people without really disturbing the place.”

Chris Palandri, Multiplex

“There are great heritage buildings there that could be repurposed and we could start creating an environment there that would be great for the city. The city and the state government are not connected.

“Where is the hero shot we have up on the wall that says, ‘this is the overall plan for Perth’?

“We need that document, something that developers and everyone can have a look at and go, ‘this is the plan, stick with the plan’ … make the city more liveable.

“They have the budget, they are just spending that budget in the wrong place.”

Mr Palandri said Perth was an extremely liveable city with a beautiful climate that had an opportunity to sell itself as a place to live and work, to ease skills shortages in many industries.

“Western Australia is suffering without enough people,” he said.

“Perth is pretty much empty. Go to any suburban park mid-Sunday afternoon. The joint is empty. We can take another million people without really disturbing the place,” he said.

“We need more people in WA, we want more people in the CBD. At the moment what we’re doing is to get them in the CBD we are cannibalising other areas.”

Mr Zempilas said the next fortnight would bring a gathering of stakeholders intending to progress such a plan for Perth’s centre.

He inadvertently revealed further government investment in East Perth, saying he was very confident a primary school would be announced within that area in the near future, though that was “not my announcement to make”.

Indigenous cultural centre must be ‘iconic’: Zempilas

Asked what Perth needed most as its next central city project, Mr Zempilas said the Indigenous cultural centre and museum.

He said it was hard to believe it had not yet been built.

“We have to do it better than just about any development has ever been done in this country,” he said.

“It should be, in my opinion, the second or third most iconic structure in this country, and if the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are one and two, it needs to be true, it needs to be three.

“It needs to be that special, that significant image to represent the people that it needs to stand for.”

Mr Zempilas said the cultural centre and museum should also be able to be held up as a global tourism drawcard.

The Elizabeth Quay master plan provided for not just a cable car but for a nationally significant centre of indigenous culture, art and learning. This, however, did not form part of the first stage of the project and no funding was ever allocated for planning and construction.

The Property Council of WA-commissioned Big (and small) Ideas for Perth report named a “cultural anchor at Elizabeth Quay” as “essential” and said an Indigenous culture museum should be a priority for all levels of government.

 

Article Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

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Brisbane’s Office Market Greenlit for Business

Brisbane’s Office Market

Brisbane’s office market continues to shake off the pandemic doldrums with two new commercial towers approved in the CBD and fringe suburbs.

Property owner PGIM and development partner Indema’s plan for a bold adaptive reuse of a 1970s commercial building at 444 Queen Street has won approval.

The bronze 22-storey tower opposite Customs House will be stripped back to its core structure and completely remodelled with a new podium, curtain wall facade and an additional two-storey sculptural canopy.

Indema director Michael Bruderlin said they would be targeting a net zero certification for the building upon completion in the first quarter of 2024.

Bruderlin said Hutchies had been engaged in an early contractor design and construct contract to help de-risk the project and better understand the technical requirements.

The Fender Katsalidis-designed tower follows in the footsteps of another of its commercial adaptive reuse projects in Brisbane, Ashe Morgan’s Midtown, now the headquarters for Rio Tinto.

Bruderlin said retaining and repurposing the existing building is 400 per cent more environmentally friendly. Retaining the existing concrete structure provides a 70 per cent saving in embodied carbon.

The project will rejuvenate a 48-year-old building at the end of life into an A-grade commercial office asset and increase the net leasable area 40 per cent.

Bruderlin said the project would have a quicker turnaround than a normal demolish and build project and it would use clever design initiatives to increase floor plates and create a better value proposition for the asset.

PGIM purchased 444 Queen Street for $54.4 million from the Public Trustee of Queensland and Abacus Property Group in October last year.

Cornerstone has also won approval for a commercial development in the city fringe suburb of Fortitude Valley.

The Bureau Proberts-designed tower will capture the heritage brick character of the Fortitude Valley centre “borrowing from the intent of these buildings but with a stridently different and contemporary expression”, planning documents said.

“This approach is a deliberate counterpoint to the strong and solid brick structures of the immediately adjacent 47 Warner Street and McWhirters buildings.

“Brickwork or masonry is not used as a material in deference to these neighbouring buildings allowing them to become more evident and make a clear statement about the era of their inception.”

The 28-storey commercial tower at 251 Wickham Street features a stepped slanting facade fronting Warner Street, with a four-storey lobby, and an inverted podium.

There will also be a rooftop terrace, 20m pool and open-plan gym in the commercial tower, with retail offerings at the base of the building.

Brisbane’s metropolitan office market vacancy was at 16.3 per cent at the end of March and there were few transactions across the quarter, according to Colliers research.

But yields remained steady, and well above other capital cities, while incentives remained stagnant at 40 per cent.

 

 

Article source: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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Developer Pitches for $130m Shop-Top Housing on Bayside

$130m Shop-Top Housing on Bayside

Brisbane’s bayside could be going up in the world with plans for $130-million highrise shop-top housing in the heart of the seaside suburb of Wynnum.

Brisbane-based developer Hambros has lodged plans for a 21-storey apartment tower on the vacant lot neighbouring the Wynnum Central Shopping Centre, after winning approval for an small extension to the retail centre late last year.

The development comprises a 6-storey retail and commercial podium, with a 275-apartment tower above, backing on to Wynnum Central Park.

Hambros has reportedly spent about $14 million on revamping the Wynnum Central Shopping Centre on Bay Terrace, as part of a $74-million plan to rejuvenate Wynnum, including cinemas.

According to planning documents lodged with the Brisbane City Council, the tower will be made up of 54 one-bedroom apartments, 148 two-bedroom apartments, and 67 three-bedroom apartments, with six penthouses, which will have private rooftop space and their own pools.

The building height is well in excess of the allowable five to eight storeys in the Wynnum Manly Neighbourhood Plan, but town planners Gateway Survey and Planning argued the plan was “outdated” and should be overhauled.

The six-storey podium would contain two levels of parking, a retail tenancy at ground level, a floor of retail, with two storeys of commercial space for office, healthcare and events space on levels 5 and 6.

Developer Pitches for Shop-Top Housing on Bayside Brisbane

▲ Shayher Group won approval for its redevelopment of Wynnum Plaza last year, which included 184 apartments across eight residential buildings.

In a statement to the council Hambros director Justin Ham said the Wynnum CBD had been left behind “with no development occurring in the last 20 years”.

“Our project is designed to put Wynnum CBD on the ‘open for business’ map,” Ham said.

“This landmark development, with a construction cost estimated at $130 million will have a huge financial and community positive impact on the Wynnum CBD and surrounding areas.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifestime opportunity to create a beautiful space overlooking the best bay in the world.”

Ham said the development would bring much-needed foot traffic to the heart of the Wynnum CBD and help bolster businesses and landowners he said were struggling to remain profitable.

Taiwanese developer Shayher Group won approval for a masterplanned retail precinct at Wynnum Plaza with plans for 184 apartments across eight residential buildings as well as boutique cinemas and increased retail space, reportedly worth more than $100 million.

Work on the Wynnum Plaza redevelopment was due to commence later this year with a completion date hedged for 2024.

 

 

Article source: www.theurbandeveloper.com

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More room in the Brisbane property price bubble but get ready for a reckoning, says bank

Brisbane property price bubble but get ready for a reckoning

Brisbane’s house prices would continue to outpace the nation this year but a significant slump was near, according to the ANZ.

The bank’s economics team has revised its outlook for house prices and now tips a fall of about 3 per cent nationally this year followed by an 8 per cent fall next year. It had previously tipped a rise of 8 per cent this year and a fall of 6 per cent next year.

In Brisbane, the monthly growth rate has slipped down to about 2.5 per cent and ANZ expects a yearly rate this year of about 6 per cent with a fall of about 9 per cent next year.

The higher end of the market in Brisbane was also continuing to outpace the middle and lower price bracket in growth rates.

The downturn was being caused by higher interest rates and affordability issues and ANZ said the “wealth effect” would come into play which would spread the housing downturn to other areas of the economy.

“Falling house prices will weigh on consumer spending through the wealth effect, but high savings will provide a solid buffer,” ANZ said.

It expects the RBA cash rate to get to 2.35 per cent by mid-2023 while the market is tipping a 3.25 per cent. A cash rate of 2.35 per cent meant a variable rate mortgage of 4.75 per cent and a 3.25 per cent rate would increase variable loans to 5.65 per cent.

It said some people may struggle but forced selling because of higher interest rates was a low risk.

Meanwhile, CoreLogic said the Coalition’s plan to allow first home buyers to access their superannuation accounts to help pay for a house had some merit but there were downsides, including the possibility that it would only stimulate demand for housing and increase the cost “eroding some of the benefit of dipping into their super”.
CoreLogic worked out that under the scheme the median amount that could be accessed would be about $10,000, the equivalent of state-based first home buyer grants.
“CoreLogic data shows the current median dwelling value in Australia is $748,635, meaning the scheme could help increase the size of a standard deposit by around 1 per cent,” the company said.
Article source: inqld.com.au
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