Property giant Stockland has submitted a long awaited DA for three 25 storey residential towers located at 23-79 High Street Toowong, on a 1.3 hectare site, currently the site of a Woolworths supermarket.
According to the development application, the yet to be named project will be developed in three stages and will include extensive ground floor retail activation.
The development has been designed by architectural firms DC8 Studio and SJB.
Sketch of new retail plaza and towers above
Sherwood Rd & High Street
The street interfaces, treated with feature glazing linked with the architectural language of the towers, provide and identifiable and active frontages. A new public laneway from Sherwood Road considers the adjacent development at 34 Sherwood Road.
Integrated with seating, landscaping, and retail offerings this laneway provides respite from the Sherwood Road streetscape. Active retail frontages face high street, providing a backdrop to the new bus lane. The ‘ravine’, a landscaped public space between the tower 2 an 3 lobbies provides relief from the High Street traffic.
According to the DA, the proposal provides a high quality architectural design with a unique public realm environment and significant enhancements to the streetscape.
"The iconic buildings respond to the opportunity to produce a project that can become an exemplary model for Toowong and the wider region.
Strong linkages are proposed with the overall precinct by providing expansive arcades and a plaza, connecting pedestrians from Sherwood Road to High Street.
The development will represent an enhancement of the streetscape and contribute to the ongoing development of a vibrant, friendly and safe precinct."
According to preliminary pre-lodgement meetings, a 3,000 sqm supermarket was part of the original development however it has been removed upon request by council in order to open up space at ground level and create better accessibility and permeability of the area.
Instead, the development accommodates 18 smaller retail tenancies positioned along Sherwood Road and High Street activating street side space.
Landscaping & Amenity
The development comprises of extensive podium level residential amenity as well as a rooftop recreation deck on level 25 of tower 1.
The DA number for this development is A004501512.
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