All you have to do is look to the sky and see the flock of cranes perched over West End to know big things are in store for the inner-city suburb. On the south side of the Brisbane River sits a suburb rife with expansion. While locals remain vocal in their opposition to large-scale developments in the once eclectic, student-centric suburb, it seems council has other plans.
After submitting a proposal in January of this year, Crown Group have received approval from the Brisbane City Council for their $350 million development on Victoria Street in West End, representing their first foray into the Brisbane market. The application was approved on the 14 November 2018 after several changes were made as a result of vehement objections by current residents. This will add an extra 400 apartments to West End’s riverfront, slightly less than the originally proposed 446. Occupying 12 storeys, the Crown Group apartments will also offer retail space, communal open space on the rooftop of the tower and publically accessible parkland between the site and the river.
Crown Group aren’t the only major developers jumping on board the West End train. R&F Property submitted plans for a $500 million apartment complex in April this year, comprising of seven buildings over the 1.6 hectare riverside space. This would add a further 1032 apartments if approved, with construction planned over a six-year time frame. The Hong Kong-based developers have planned to include a large publically-accessible area for the site, with retail, food and beverage operators and health services currently proposed.
Currently under construction is the $800 million mixed-use West Village West End by Japanese developer Sekisui. The application for the second stage of three stages of this project was submitted in August this year, with Stage 1 already well underway. When all three stages are complete, this project will offer 13,000 square metres of retail and commercial space and one hectare of central open space, linked by footpaths and cycle laneways. In total, the project will include seven residential towers, with two 14-storey towers recently completed (adding another 163 apartments to the market already).
Breeze and Skyneedle apartments are also currently under construction for the final two puzzle pieces of Pradella’s $1 billion Riverside West End project. These two apartment towers join Parc, Light+Co, Arbor and Waters Edge which have all recently been completed in the suburb. The developer’s other West End project, Montague Markets is also currently under development, with two residential towers boasting 181 apartments and resort-style amenities.
While currently making moves in the neighbouring suburb of South Brisbane, Brisbane property royalty, Aria Property Group, have set their sights on West End as well with two developments announced over the past six months. The Waterfall Residences, featuring the tallest man-made waterfall in the world, was approved back in September 2018, with a dual-apartment development proposed for Jane Street, West End around the same time. Jane Street will comprise 145 apartments in total, offering Aria’s signature subtropical design with green walls and luscious rooftop amenities.
The current infrastructure plan for Brisbane City Council includes just shy of 100 future projects for West End; a result of the 172% population growth expected in the area over the next 30 years. We anticipate these won’t be the only new apartment developments for West End to be announced and will be keeping our ears to the ground and our eyes to the skyline.
To read more about West End, check out our suburb profile here.