Top-tier investment and development firms are being invited to partner on the next stages of one of south-east Queensland’s largest urban regeneration projects.
The vision for the Sunshine Coast’s new central business district has continued to take shape with an expression of interest campaign launched for the forthcoming development stages.
The 15-hectare site of the proposed Sunshine Coast’s central business district, formerly Horton Park Golf Club, was bought by the Sunshine Coast Council for $42 million in 2015.
Sunshine Coast Council-owned company SunCentral, kickstarted by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in 2016, has since completed civil works in the core commercial precinct with construction of the CBD’s first buildings expected to start mid-year.
Underground waste and digital infrastructure facilities have now been completed with construction on 38,500sq m of commercial buildings in the first stage, which has already gone to market, was expected to start mid-2019 along with 23,000sq m of retail and 460 new apartments.
The city centre’s first buildings include an eight-storey commercial property by local developer Evans Long and a two-tower 152-unit residential complex by Brisbane’s Habitat Development Group.
This is in addition to a nine-storey Sunshine Coast Regional Council headquarters building, tipped to commence construction over the next six months.
SunCentral Maroochydore chief executive John Knaggs said the EOI process for the extensive next stages of the project called for experienced urban development capital funding partners to help develop key precincts.
“This is a unique opportunity for experienced developers and institutional capital groups to enter into a long-term partnership with SunCentral Maroochydore and set a new benchmark for city centre design and development in one of the fastest growing regions in the country,” Knaggs said.
The EOI campaign is offering the opportunity to build 67,500sq m of commercial space as well as retail floorspace and residential apartments across a number of precincts in the new city centre.
The site includes $10 million in underground digital waste and lighting facilities and includes space for 25,900sq m of retail and up to 1,390 apartments along waterways.
SunCentral has since leased some blocks of land in the core commercial area of the new CBD and has guided the civil works and underground infrastructure stage.
“Some of this development opportunity is located in the core commercial precinct while the majority is in the area south of the Corso waterway, adjacent the future rail station and transit plaza and in mixed-use apartment precincts alongside planned waterways and parkland,” Knaggs said.
The CBD will also feature a 250-room hotel which with 100 residential apartments, 40,500sq m of retail as well as commercial and entertainment space.
“Offering individual parcels has worked well for the first stage of the commercial precinct,” Knaggs said.
“However, in response to market feedback these next stages, involving both commercial and mixed-use areas, offer larger precinct-wide approaches.”
“We are able to provide a wider platform for capital groups and developers to operate longer term – and I’m sure this approach will help facilitate the development of key parts of the city centre.”
Apart from the new international broadband cable that will connect to a landing station located alongside the new CBD, more than $10 million in underground telecommunications and services capacity has been installed beneath the city centre’s new streets.
“Once people see the cable landing station completed and the cable connected from Guam giving this site and the Sunshine Coast the fastest data connection cable to Asia on the east coast of Australia that will generate additional interest,” Knaggs said.
The smart city framework for the new CBD includes digital signage, lighting and other “smart” technologies as well as the country’s first CBD-wide underground automated waste collection system which will transport waste from businesses and apartments through a series of underground pipes to a central collection station.
The Sunshine Coast Council has estimated up to 2 million more passengers would be flying into the region by 2040 once the region’s expanded airport was operational by 2020.
Over recent years the Sunshine Coast has attracted billions of dollars in public and private investment, making the regional economy one of the strongest in the state.
With the arrival of new infrastructure, analysts project the Sunshine Coast’s population to grow from 346,522 to 500,000 by 2036.
The expressions of interest on the next 15 hectares of the site can be lodged until 30 August.
Palmview’s largest masterplanned community releases land and park ahead of schedule
A SUNSHINE COAST developer has fast-tracked the latest land release to meet demand from locals and interstate sea-changers.
AVID Property Group general manager Queensland Bruce Harper said their development Harmony was the largest masterplanned community in Palmview, which is about 85km north of Brisbane.
He said they released the latest neighbourhood Unity, which brought 34 more blocks of land, ranging in size from 250sq m to 505sq m, to meet the demand.
“Residential property demand is surging in the region and as prices continue to rise, buyers are increasingly looking for affordable land options in desirable locations,” Mr Harper said.
“Over the past year, demand in the region has grown exponentially as more people look to build their own homes in well-known property ‘hot spots’.”
Along with the early land release, AVID Property Group opened the community space Grand Linear Park three months ahead of schedule.
Mr Harper said the park was five times the size of other standard parks on the Sunshine Coast.
“The Grand Linear Park will serve as a catalyst for wellbeing and connectivity for residents and tourists alike,” he said.
The first $3.1 million phase consists of 2ha of community space and features three separate play areas for locals to explore.
A set of six swings, two table tennis tables and a 30.2m multi-play structure with a slide, spider’s web, swinging ropes and stepping stones was available for children of all ages and abilities.
According to Queensland Government’s Queensland Regional Profiles — Sunshine Coast Local Government Area, April 2017, Sunshine Coast’s population is projected to grow from about 311,550 to 453,000 by 2036.
Once complete, Mr Harper said Harmony would account for more than 4800 homes for about 12,000 of those future residents.
“Our new neighbourhood will encourage residents to stay active right on their doorstep with extensive walking and bike trails, a 5ha recreation park and a 1ha local park,” he said.
Sunshine Coast local Alyssa Jackson and her partner James Newcombe who recently moved up from Canberra, have just purchased a block of land in Harmony and hope to move into their new home in early 2019.
“It’s pretty competitive to purchase a block of land at Harmony; there were other buyers lining up for almost two hours before the Sales Centre even opened,” Ms Jackson said.
“Harmony’s location was what really encouraged us to purchase in the area — the proximity to the highway, University of the Sunshine Coast, hospital and the shops in the Maroochydore CBD make it a very convenient location to live.”
Ms Jackson said they wanted to enter the property market as soon as possible and decided to build a brand-new home so they could take advantage of the First Home Owners’ Grant.
“We wanted to get into the property market so that we could pay off a mortgage rather than continue to pay money renting,” she said.
Sunshine Coast Golf Course with Approval for 260 Lots Hits the Block
The 160-hectare Pelican Waters Golf Course site, which was acquired in 2004 by a Melbourne family that wishes to remain anonymous, has hit the market after receiving development approval for a new residential precinct in the area.
Approved by the Sunshine Coast Council in 2017, the “Lakes Edge” residential precinct is earmarked for 211 residential lots and three medium-density sites subdivided to create up to 259 lots over 20-hectares.
Designed to be delivered over four stages, with stage one approvals in place for 60 lots the development was subject to some controversy by local residents opposing the development.
The residential development was put forward by the owners of the site as a solution to lacklustre turnover at the golf course.
CBRE’s Brendan Robins and Rem Rafter are marketing the asset.
Robins said the property represented an outstanding opportunity to capitalise on the strong demand for quality land and housing in a sought-after area of the Sunshine Coast.
“Lakes Edge offers a diverse range of staged development options, including a large-scale retirement community, which take advantage of the area’s tranquil, picturesque and secure setting.”
Despite being named the top course on the Sunshine Coast by Golf Digest Magazine, documents submitted to council outlined concerns with the club’s profitability.
“Independent forecasts conclude that Pelican Waters Golf Club will not generate an acceptable level of commercial return for at least seven to 10 years,” the proposal said.
Located five minutes to Caloundra and 90 kilometres from Brisbane, population growth in the Pelican Waters area grew 24.5 per cent over the five years to 2016.
The property is being offered for sale via expressions of interest closing 8 August 2018.
Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Program Kicks Off
The first sod has today been turned on the construction of the new runway as part of the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, the Sunshine Coast Council informs.
Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson, was joined by Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien MP, State Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson MP, and representatives of the John Holland Group and Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd to mark the commencement of the construction program.
With work started, the new runway will be completed by Christmas 2020, the council said.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson (left), Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien (center) and John Holland Project Manager Berry Freshney
Mayor Jamieson said that the $303 million airport expansion was the Sunshine Coast Council’s single largest construction project and would deliver a wealth of benefits to the region.
“Having this greater capability will unlock more tourism opportunities, new international trade prospects and will provide the springboard our export businesses need to get their products and services to markets faster and more efficiently,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The new longer, wider runway will enable direct access to new markets in Asia, the Pacific and other locations in Australia which cannot currently be serviced with direct flights to and from the Sunshine Coast.
“The Airport Expansion Project is also forecast to contribute $4.1 billion to the Sunshine Coast economy through to 2040 and revolutionize access to and from one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.”
From mid-year, a vessel from contractors Dredging International will dredge one million cubic meters of sand from the Spitfire Realignment Channel in Moreton Bay.
After making its way north, the sand will then be pumped from the vessel moored off Marcoola, onto the project site via a pipeline that will run underneath David Low Way.
Ahead of the start of dredging, the project team’s focus has been on protecting the land and sea environment, and ensuring community safety during the dredging works.
According to the council’s announcement, the project team will be speaking directly with local residents and stakeholders in the coming weeks to keep them informed of the timeline.
The Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project is being supported by loans from the Australian Government and the Queensland Treasury Corporation, which will be repaid from the proceeds that Council receives from its commercial partner, Palisade Investment Partners, in 2022.
Image source: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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