The inner-north Brisbane suburb of Lutwyche could potentially get a major new residential and retail precinct, replacing the current busway stop with adjacent vacant land. Proposed by Marketplace Developments and designed by architects Conrad Gargett, the new ‘Lamington Markets’ (as the proposed project is being called) would sit above the Northern busway and across the road from Market Central Lutwyche. Market Central Lutwyche itself has just completed a multi-million dollar upgrade.
The proposed mixed use development will include two residential towers with 134 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, and a rooftop recreational area with a pool will be located on the ‘south’ tower on level 12. A separate three-storey building in the northwestern corner of the site will be home to commercial and retail businesses. The plans also show that the retail and commercial precinct will include an eight-screen cinema, supermarket, health care facility (with a general practice, dentist, radiology and pathology services). A hotel may also potentially be included. The site will cater for 571 vehicles across six basement levels, a welcome sign as it will introducing significantly more car parks into a locality in which finding a car park is often difficult.
The development is intended to complement the extensive gentrification of Lutwyche which has been taking place over the past decade with more than a dozen multi-level residential buildings having been completed or underway in the suburb. Whilst Lutwyche still has some way to go before it will be thought off as a Newstead, New Farm or even an Albion, these are all welcome steps to turning the suburb into a far more liveable space.
The developer stats in the application, “The vision for the project has always been anchored in the elements of the design of the public realm and interface between a mix of land uses which contribute to a vibrant, well-used and accessible public space”.
“The notion of a seamless transition between tenancies and delivering a retail and commercial offering which provides a community market hall experience which is accessible to all members of the community is proposed.”
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