The CBD is always stretching the boundaries of how Brisbane evolves, writes David Aubrey.
The latest city business district project outlines why the central zone will be the litmus test for Brisbane becoming truly a new world city.
Long after the G20 circus ceases to make headlines and life in this ‘new world city’ reverts to everyday normality, the real emergence of Brisbane as a totally evolving city will continue apace.
Not too long ago, the Lonely Planet guide marked Brisbane as ‘boring’. Now they rate it as ‘the hippest city in Australia’. A transformation indeed. Cities generally radiate growth from CBDs and Brisbane is no exception.
Spurs in the city’s growth accelerated from the release of ground breaking projects such as Quay West, The Grosvenor and Riparian Plaza. Growth in Brisbane apartment living always started in the CBD.
The new cutting edge project is Brisbane Skyline located at 222 Margaret Street, the very heart of the city. At 90 levels, it will become Brisbane’s tallest building and is designed to attract local as well as interstate and international buyers. A joint venture between Sydney-based property developer Billbergia and leading investment house AMP Capital who together have a successful five year track record in the delivery of over 870 apartments in Sydney.
Bilbergia managing director and co-founder John Kinsella said the joint venture recognised the opportunity to create an iconic building in the Brisbane CBD which would add value to the cityscape, attract prospective investors and become a destination for city living.
“Brisbane has a passionate desire to become one of the world’s top ten lifestyle cities and its transformation has already begun,” Kinsella says. The CBD and its iconic key residential projects have delivered when sold off the plan to end users and investors. The Brisbane Skytower offers apartments from $425,000 for early buyers. “Brisbane Skytower will take advantage of the opportunity to meet demand for premium yet attainable dwellings in the CBD” says Kinsella.
Offering views reaching across the city and beyond to Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, there is more to this building than being the tallest in the city.
Sustainability for residents and architectural form to ensure a natural blend into the city’s horizon have been a major consideration and in an Australian first, Brisbane Skytower will offer shared access to a fleet of electric vehicles for residents.
The Brisbane CBD has always set the pace for Brisbane apartment living, Brisbane Skytower is the latest to expand the boundaries.
The project launches in Brisbane, interstate and internationally on 29 November.