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  • 10, October 2019

    PLANNING COURT FINDS IN FAVOUR OF TOWNSVILLE PRIVATE HOSPITAL PROJECT

    THE Queensland Planning and Environment Court has found in favour of a $55 million private hospital proceeding on the site of the old Townsville West State School. Judge Tracy Fantin in Cairns has handed down a decision that the development application by proponents Lautaret Pty Ltd should be approved subject to conditions. It comes after […]

    10, October 2019

    PLANNING COURT FINDS IN FAVOUR OF TOWNSVILLE PRIVATE HOSPITAL PROJECT

    THE Queensland Planning and Environment Court has found in favour of a $55 million private hospital proceeding on the site of the old Townsville West State School.

    Judge Tracy Fantin in Cairns has handed down a decision that the development application by proponents Lautaret Pty Ltd should be approved subject to conditions.

    It comes after a legal dispute between Lautaret, which plans to develop the hospital in conjunction with a group of local medical specialists, and the owners of Townsville’s Mater Hospital.

    Mater appealed Townsville City Council’s 2017 development approval and the council, along with Lautaret, defended the approval.

    Lautaret wants to convert the heritage-listed former school building in Ingham Rd into medical suites and develop a five-storey hospital with 22 overnight beds alongside it. Mater claimed the development did not comply with the city’s planning scheme and risked the viability of existing health services.

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  • 11, September 2019

    PLANS SCALED BACK FOR $750m ALBION EXCHANGE

    Queensland property group Geon Property has relodged plans for the initial stage of its ten stage transit-oriented development in Brisbane’s inner-north. The $750 million Albion Exchange development, which will be delivered over 15 years, will revitalise a 4,900sq m state government-owned development site running adjacent to the existing Albion train station. In March of last year an agreement was […]

    11, September 2019

    PLANS SCALED BACK FOR $750m ALBION EXCHANGE

    Queensland property group Geon Property has relodged plans for the initial stage of its ten stage transit-oriented development in Brisbane’s inner-north.

    The $750 million Albion Exchange development, which will be delivered over 15 years, will revitalise a 4,900sq m state government-owned development site running adjacent to the existing Albion train station.

    In March of last year an agreement was signed between the government and Geon to deliver the upgrades that would be the “anchor of an emerging suburb” and connect the east and west of Albion, currently segregated by the train line.

    The original plans for two new multi-level residential towers reaching 30-storeys and 23-storeys with 333 units were later revised down to 25-storeys and 22-storeys with 309 units in April of this year.

    Plans have now been relodged for stage one approval with towers reaching 20-storeys and 19-storeys respectively sharing 253 units, with building footprints for each residential tower reduced by up to 10 per cent.

    The heights of both towers are now lower than the council-approved 20-storey buildings across Albion Road on the Aveo site.

    Geon Property development manager Tim Rossberg told The Urban Developer the design changes had been made following extensive consultation with Brisbane City Council and continued discussions with local residents and businesses.

    “The scale of the development has been reduced in line with Council and community feedback,” Rossberg said.

    “We had a number of sessions in small and large groups to get feedback from the community and one of the key takeaways was that the locals wants something to happen with over 70 per cent of all submitters supporting the application.”

    “There is a genuine feeling in the Albion community that the area has been quite dormant for many years and is in need of renewal.”

    Stage one is earmarked as one of the largest stages of the development and includes a public plaza connecting the east and west of Albion Road, a new food and beverage destination, health and wellbeing offerings and boutique retail.

    “We looked at the design and rationalised the floor plates and while the smaller buildings mean fewer apartments, we’ve retained a large number of three-bedroom units,” Rossberg said.

    “We had a closer look at our basement carparks and reduced the public space slightly to draw out new efficiencies to help better shape this multi-staged project.”

    Plans also maintain significant private communal space for residents, comprising 26 per cent of the total site area — exceeding Council’s 5 per cent minimum requirement.

    Stage one of the Albion Exchange masterplan also includes a $28.7 million upgrade of transport facilities and access to the Albion Train Station.

    Public open space will be reduced slightly to 54 per cent of the stage one site area, providing 3,294sq m of green and open space.

    “Geon Property has been shaping the vision for Albion Exchange for almost three years and we look forward to moving towards the next stage of this exciting project,” Rossberg said.

    “This is a city shaping project, particularly for the north side of Brisbane with a lot of infrastructure in the works that will connect to the Albion Exchange.”

    Geon is aiming to break ground by the second half of 2020 — pending approval — pushing back the commencement timeline to allow for for detailed design and a pre-sale process.

    The masterplan for stages two to 10 has also been lodged separately with the Brisbane City Council.

    The eventual remaining stages of the development will comprise large format residential, retail and commercial developments, alongside lifestyle facilities and green space.

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  • 08, August 2019

    CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES AT RIVERWAY PLAZA

    Riverway Plaza construction commencement has been officially marked by a Smoking and Blessing Ceremony performed by the Wulgurukaba Walkabout Group, the traditional owners of the land followed by a sod turn with Mr Aaron Harper, MP, Member for Thuringowa and Councillor Mark Molachino GAICD. Geon Property is excited to deliver the redevelopment of Riverway Plaza […]

    08, August 2019

    CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES AT RIVERWAY PLAZA

    Riverway Plaza construction commencement has been officially marked by a Smoking and Blessing Ceremony performed by the Wulgurukaba Walkabout Group, the traditional owners of the land followed by a sod turn with Mr Aaron Harper, MP, Member for Thuringowa and Councillor Mark Molachino GAICD. Geon Property is excited to deliver the redevelopment of Riverway Plaza which is set to transform the precinct into a contemporary, family-friendly centre. 

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  • 31, July 2019

    CINEMA, BOWLING ALLEY AND CLIMBING FACILITY PART OF NEW DEVELOPMENT

    Geon Property has submitted plans to Townsville City Council for Stage 4 of the Fairfield Homemaker Centre. The proposal is set to transform FHC into a mixed-use precinct, complementing large format retail with entertainment and retail activities. The application includes plans for Urban Climb, a cinema and bowling alley along with specialty retail and dining […]

    31, July 2019

    CINEMA, BOWLING ALLEY AND CLIMBING FACILITY PART OF NEW DEVELOPMENT

    Geon Property has submitted plans to Townsville City Council for Stage 4 of the Fairfield Homemaker Centre. The proposal is set to transform FHC into a mixed-use precinct, complementing large format retail with entertainment and retail activities. The application includes plans for Urban Climb, a cinema and bowling alley along with specialty retail and dining facilities.

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  • 20, March 2019

    MAJOR EXPANSION OF RIVERWAY PLAZA TO BREAK GROUND

    Geon Property is proud to announce construction of onsite works at Riverway Plaza will commence in the coming weeks. It is the first major project to get underway since the devastating flooding which hit many of Townsville’s key retail and commercial centres. Local builders, Phoenix Constructions expect the Riverway Plaza redevelopment will generate between 200 […]

    20, March 2019

    MAJOR EXPANSION OF RIVERWAY PLAZA TO BREAK GROUND

    Geon Property is proud to announce construction of onsite works at Riverway Plaza will commence in the coming weeks. It is the first major project to get underway since the devastating flooding which hit many of Townsville’s key retail and commercial centres.

    Local builders, Phoenix Constructions expect the Riverway Plaza redevelopment will generate between 200 and 250 jobs during construction and will be targeting letting contracts to 100% local trades.

     

    Riverway Plaza Construction Commencing
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  • 03, December 2018

    POP UP FOOD FAIR SHOWCASES NEW STORES AT FAIRFIELD HOMEMAKER CENTRE

    The Pop Up Food Fair was held on the evening of Thursday 29 November at Fairfield Homemaker Centre to celebrate Christmas and the opening of Stage 2. The carpark was transformed with 10 amazing food trucks, retailer stalls and competitions, petting zoo, live music, climbing wall and many other free family-friendly activities. Even Santa Claus […]

    03, December 2018

    POP UP FOOD FAIR SHOWCASES NEW STORES AT FAIRFIELD HOMEMAKER CENTRE

    The Pop Up Food Fair was held on the evening of Thursday 29 November at Fairfield Homemaker Centre to celebrate Christmas and the opening of Stage 2. The carpark was transformed with 10 amazing food trucks, retailer stalls and competitions, petting zoo, live music, climbing wall and many other free family-friendly activities. Even Santa Claus himself stopped by to stock up his sleigh with a few gifts ahead of the big day.

    The event was a great opportunity to showcase new retailers to the community while activating the centre and providing free entertainment for local families to enjoy.

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  • 27, November 2018

    URBAN CLIMB TAKES RECREATION TO NEW HEIGHTS AT ALBION EXCHANGE

    Albion will be home to an Australian-first indoor sport climbing facility catering for everyone from the age of 3 to 70+, from beginners to elite athletes, when Urban Climb opens its flagship centre at Geon Property’s $750m four-hectare Albion Exchange development. Australia’s leading indoor climbing operator, Urban Climb, has put its hand up to be […]

    27, November 2018

    URBAN CLIMB TAKES RECREATION TO NEW HEIGHTS AT ALBION EXCHANGE

    Albion will be home to an Australian-first indoor sport climbing facility catering for everyone from the age of 3 to 70+, from beginners to elite athletes, when Urban Climb opens its flagship centre at Geon Property’s $750m four-hectare Albion Exchange development.

    Australia’s leading indoor climbing operator, Urban Climb, has put its hand up to be the first major tenant in the $750m Albion Exchange project which is planned to start construction in early 2020, subject to development approval.

    Urban Climb will set the pace for fitness, health, wellness and lifestyle operators coming to Albion Exchange with a state-of-the-art, 15-metre-high indoor climbing wall plus space for climbing and fitness classes, training and co-working spaces.

    With sight lines to the climbing walls from Lutwyche Road, Urban Climb will be a new landmark for Albion, particularly when lit at night.

    It’s all part of stage one of Albion Exchange which will include residential apartments, retail space, more than 4900 sqm of new green space which will be open 24 hours a day for public use, and integration with the future North Brisbane Bikeway.

    Geon Property senior development manager Tim Rossberg said, “Geon and Urban Climb have a great working relationship and they were very quick to stake their claim to be part of Albion Exchange.

    “Apart from the terrific location opportunity, Urban Climb recognised that at Albion Exchange we are working to provide facilities which help to build community and they are likeminded in their approach.

    “During the design process, Urban Climb worked closely with Geon Property to shape a custom-built tenancy within the elevation of our western edge.

    “It was comforting to have a tenant so passionate about their business and be so invested in the design-making process.”

    Urban Climb CEO Alex Cox Taylor said, “In Albion Exchange we saw a great opportunity to create a climbing facility which is situated within a transport-oriented development, so people can climb before work, after work or as they pass through Albion on their way to or from work.

    “We like to integrate climbing into people’s lives as a daily health and fitness activity. It’s certainly not something that you have to travel miles for once every few months.

    “For us, climbing isn’t competitive. It’s not me versus you. It’s us versus the wall and that approach builds community.

    “People come to Urban Climb for the social network and the community, as well as the skills and fitness which climbing develops.”

    Mr Cox Taylor said facilities like Urban Climb at Albion Exchange would become increasingly important as people’s lives got more and more busy.

    “A facility like this allows people to embed climbing into their daily routine. They’ll either walk from their home before or after work, or they’ll hop off the train to climb before continuing their journey.

    “At Albion Exchange, they’ll also be able to integrate their exercise with other aspects of their social life with all of the food and beverage offerings in the plaza area.

    “What we liked about Geon Property is that they are forward thinking and also really committed to creating community at Albion Exchange. That’s important to us.

    “Albion Exchange will be the very first in Australia to have a rope climbing venue like this truly embedded into the project.

    “It’s great for climbers but it’s also a great aesthetic for the neighbourhood,” he said.

    Geon Property has been shaping the vision for the Albion Exchange precinct for two years, working in collaboration with Queensland Rail and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

    Albion Exchange will establish a new and vibrant heart for the Albion community, with multiple new public spaces, high-quality public transport and convenient retailing.

    Mr Rossberg said, “Albion Exchange will change the face of Albion for the better. It will bring new life to land which is currently underutilised and essentially blocking off vital east-west connections for pedestrians and cyclists.

    “Albion is a suburb on the rise. It’s one of the fastest growing areas in Brisbane and by 2036 the suburb’s population is estimated to grow by more than 3,857 residents.

    “Having Urban Climb as a central part of our lifestyle and fitness offer will bring a whole new dimension to the project.”

     

    Urban Climb Albion facts:

    • Numerous climbing walls up to 15 metres wrapping the perimeter of the space
    • Varying degrees of difficulty, catering for beginners through to elite climbers. Top rope, bouldering and lead climbing.
    • Difficulty is achieved by varying the angle of the wall (overhanging, vertical, slab) and the positioning of climbing holds reflecting yellow (beginner) through to blue, purple, green, red and black (elite).
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  • 19, October 2018

    CEO, BEN GRIFFIN, SPEAKS WITH ABC RADIO

    Geon Property’s CEO, Ben Griffin, enjoyed speaking with Rebecca Levingston and John Taylor yesterday on ABC Breakfast Radio about Albion Exchange. You can listen to the full interview here

    19, October 2018

    CEO, BEN GRIFFIN, SPEAKS WITH ABC RADIO

    Geon Property’s CEO, Ben Griffin, enjoyed speaking with Rebecca Levingston and John Taylor yesterday on ABC Breakfast Radio about Albion Exchange.

    You can listen to the full interview here

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