Following a pattern of Asian investment, Singapore-based developer Wee Hur has submitted a development application to the city of Brisbane for a new 918-room student accommodations building. The proposed 38-storey tower would rise on an assembled site at addresses 71-97 Turbot Street and 62-80 Ann Street with a design by the world-renowned practice Woods Bagot.

71-97 Turbot Street, image via Woods Bagot

The existing buildings on the site are substantially different in scale and use. The property houses several distinct structures, including an eight-storey office building dating back to 1969, and a two-storey masonry office building that was formerly occupied by the Brisbane Fruit and Produce Exchange. Taking into account these previous uses, the development will be separated into two phases, with the tower taking shape first, followed by the restoration of the existing heritage building.

The proposal put in context, image via Woods Bagot

Renderings of the project show a verdant tower with glass implements and wall vegetation. The rectilinear building will come with a suite of communal facilities, including a large open terrace on the second level towards Turbot and a second terrace one storey above towards the rear. Retail will be provided at ground level and a sky terrace will be positioned on the 24th floor. Other amenities will congregate on the second floor, with a theatre, music room, study area, and recreation area all proposed.

Artist's impression of the internal courtyard, image via Woods Bagot

It's early days for the development, so the scheme will likely undergo changes as the planning department considers the application. We'll continue to follow the project as is makes its way through the planning process. In the meantime, additional images and information can be found in the Database file linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion or share your photos? Check out the associated Forum thread or leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

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