Posted on August 28, 2020

Repurposing Alderley’s Historic Brickworks Quarry Site

If you have ever driven along Brisbane’s Mina Parade through Alderley, you may well have noticed the chimney towering above the surrounding area and wondered what it is. The answer is the Historic Newmarket Brickworks Chimney which is set to become a feature in one of our latest development projects!

Currently an indoor sports centre, the site is soon to be transformed into one of the city’s most exciting residential developments, known as Brickworks Park. Inertia is bringing our Civil and Structural expertise to the project to transform the 4.7 hectare site into 3 lots which will become highly desirable townhouses and apartments.

The development will comprise:

External Works: Including stormwater crossing under QR land, major water upgrades for site water supply, and full upgrades (widening) of the Mina Parade existing road design.

Lot 1: Known as precinct 1 and will consist of the construction of 222 dwellings on a State and Local Heritage Place, over three stages:

  • Stage 1: 51 residential townhouses (2 storeys)
  • Stage 2:
    • Building 3: 64 residential units (5 storeys)
    • Building 4: 43 residential units (5 storeys)
  • Stage 3:
    • Building 1: 29 residential units (5 storeys)
    • Buildings 2: 35 residential units (5 storeys)

Lot 2 (stage 4): Comprises of two additional buildings which will also include food and retail outlet and will occur once the existing tenant ceases operations, and subsequent Development Permit approvals are attained.

Lot 3: Comprises of land subdivision which is covered as a separate project

Civil Principal, Calvin Kirk, outlined the project’s scope “This is a major development with external works & upgrades, four five-storey buildings totalling 171 units and 51 two-storey townhouses.”

“Geotechnically the site is intricate, not simply because of the presence of a 15m cliff, but also as the site is a former industrial facility, we will need to undertake soil remediation work to remove any historical materials and ensure that the site is clean and fit for purpose.”

One of the other things the team is excited about is the retention of the historic chimney, which will become a fantastic feature of the development. It is the only remaining brickworks on the site and has been standing since c19121.

“We are delighted to be working with the historic structure, it is rare that you get to work on a project that will sympathetically integrate a piece of Brisbane industrial past into its modern future and I know the structural team cannot wait to get started.”

“We will also be heavily involved in the removal of the warehouse, currently converted into an indoor soccer stadium, which will enable the development to progress”.

We are thrilled to working alongside DMC Project, Rothelowman and City Developments Limited on this iconic new development. As progress is made, we will keep you up to date on the latest news and innovations the team bring to the project.

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