Local knowledge an advantage in Fortitude Valley development

Added on May 16th, 2012
Architecture & Design
The Buchan Group have been appointed to develop a proposed 15 level commercial tower in Fortitude Valley in Queensland. The development dubbed the Wickham 358, will be on a 22,130 square metres of land. The building will adhere to modern sustainability conventions by striving for a 5 star GBCA Green Star, 5 star NABERS and PCA A-grade ratings.
Buchan Group Director Brett Saville said one of the major challenges for the site was the four street frontages. “With The Buchan Group office located across the road from the site, it has allowed us to incorporate our local knowledge to create a design that fits with Prime Space Projects vision for the site whilst also complementing Council’s Fortitude Valley Neighbourhood Plan.”
The building will have a ‘cross block foyer’ which will mean pedestrians can cut through the building and have access to Wickham Street and Acland Lane. The design will also take into account a heritage building which will remain visible said Saville. “The lower two floors of the proposed building have been recessed at Constance Street to ensure the facade of the adjoining former Mill Building, identified as a Local Heritage Place, is visible from Wickham Street, and remains the focus of the streetscape.” The building will be on the main connecting route between the CBD and Brisbane Airport and has an transport options including trains, buses, ferries, road and bicycle as well as a on-site 1600 capacity undercover parking facility.
Development Manager Frank Tripodi said the proposed ‘Wickham 358’ project’s location is a key feature. “Being on an island site with a wide boulevard frontage, The Buchan Group’s design captures views in all directions and stands proudly within the fast-developing and sought-after fringe precinct that is Fortitude Valley,” Mr Tripodi said.
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