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Shaking Up the City Skyline

It’s impossible to look around Brisbane CBD and not to see change.

Director, Scott Clements, attended Property Council of Australia’s Shaking Up the City Skyline breakfast to hear first-hand about several key development and infrastructure initiatives that will shape the river city over the next 10 years.

The highlight was the presentation by Michael Bruderlin, Project Director of Midtown, on how on two unwanted ugly sisters are being transformed into a beautiful princess, in a happy ending worthy of the best fairy tales. Many of you will know that that Midtown is one of Inertia’s flagship projects, as we believe this approach to sustainable redevelopment will become a benchmark for reshaping cities across Australia.

Urbus’ Ben Slack, provided the data behind the transformation of the CBD, shaped by the way in which people will navigate the city and connect with surrounding suburbs and precincts. The new Brisbane Metro (40,000 more trips per day from the south than currently) and new Albert Street station, as part of Cross River Rail (63,000 trips per day), will redefine mass transit. Brisbane City Council’s street upgrades in Edward, Mary and Albert streets will form a green spine running through the CBD, further increasing liveability and enhancing pedestrian experience.

Over the top of that we will see lifestyle and entertainment precincts emerge that will directly add to Brisbane status as a New World City. Queens Wharf, Howard Smith Wharves, Eagle Street Redevelopment, The Gabba upgrades, and Brisbane Live will create a beating heart to the city and draw in visitors from across Australia and overseas.

Three new commercial developments were presented, all of which are bringing a high quality of design to the CBD and integrating with Brisbane City Council’s ‘buildings that breathe’ direction:

  1. 80 Anne Street (Developed by Mirvac and the new Suncorp Headquarters)
  2. 12 Creek Street (Developed by Dexus)
  3. Midtown Centre (Developed by Ashe Morgan and DMann Corp)

The way people are live and work is changing and has put challenges our to urban centres to evolve and meet the needs of businesses, tourists and residents.

Brisbane CBD is meeting that challenge and truly shaking it up.