South-East Queensland City’s First Student Tower Planned

Moreton Bay-based developer Pantex has filed plans for a 296-bed purpose-built student accommodation project at Petrie, the first of its kind in the newly renamed City of Moreton Bay.

The eight-storey building slated for a site at 1-3 Young Street would sit close to the 4000-student University of Sunshine Coast’s Moreton Bay campus, which is on its own growth trajectory.

The Ellivo Architects-designed tower slated for the 1822sq m site is within the City of Moreton Bay’s The Mill priority development area.

The tower would comprise 162 units and a total of 296 beds across 84 studio apartments and 212 shared dormitories.

It also includes a two-level basement carpark with a total of 52 carparks.

According to Place Design Group’s town planning report, the development was in a “beneficial location along Young Street and adjoining a key civic space”.

“This proposed development responds to the site context and outcomes intended for the Mill Central Precinct and broader intent for The Mill at Moreton Bay Development Scheme,” the Place Design Group report said.

“Specifically, the proposed development is of an appropriate density, height, bulk and scale that has been tailored to the subject land’s specific location and characteristics.”

▲ The design of the development prioritises ventilation and natural light with view corridors to nearby parklands.

An Ellivo Architects spokesman said the building had been designed to deliver natural light and ventilation across the project as well as view corridors to nearby parkland.

“The adjacent Petrie Place Park presents an opportunity to integrate verdant elements within the building’s podium,” he said.

“A union of architecture and nature is achieved as the edge of the ground level communal areas become an extension of the natural realm.”

City of Moreton Bay mayor Peter Flannery campaigned for city status for the polycentric region and is now focusing on the development of existing hubs. Petrie’s urban regeneration project, The Mill, is one of these key areas for development.

“We are dedicated to creating a vibrant urban experience where community, economy, and environment flourish,” Flannery said.

▲ Ellivo Architects said the heavy base materiality gave way to a lighter palette in the residential levels above.

“But we recognise that we need to be more forward-thinking than councils have been in the past because we want to be a city that is energetic, enthusiastic, and nimble enough to grab new opportunities as they emerge.

“As Australia’s newest city we have an opportunity to rewrite the rule book on what a modern city can be.

“Through continued collaboration with our residents, businesses, and stakeholders we will nurture a city that thrives on ambition and innovation based around our existing centres—that’s the concept of our polycentric city model.”

University of Sunshine Coast’s stage 2 expansion of its Moreton Bay campus is due to complete this year.

The new facilities will include additional learning spaces, laboratories, sports hall and an event area, as well as a multi-storey carpark.

Article source: Queensland Property Investor

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