Brisbane’s newest masterplanned inner-city community will go ahead at the site of a historic convent after nuns agreed to hand it over to developers.
One of the founding fathers of architecture in Brisbane will have his work incorporated into the new masterplanned community – the first of its kind in the inner northern suburb of Wooloowin.
Greville is a 3.6 hectare, 280-home development that has been five years in the planning after a negotiated sale between Cedar Woods Properties and the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, who have owned the elevated site, 5km north of Brisbane CBD, since the 1880s.
The sale of the site went through in December 2015 for the sum of $27.06 million.
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At its heart is a heritage-listed laundry that was designed by the most prolific government architect in Queensland, Francis Drummond Greville Stanley, who also designed the General Post Office (GPO) and was the first president of the Queensland Institute of Architects in 1888.
The community has been named in his honour and three of the apartment buildings will be named Francis, Drummond and Stanley.
“Back in the day, these industrial buildings were made with care, crafted by architects,” RotheLowman Architects principal Jeff Brown said.
“They were seen as important parts of the infrastructure of the city and were therefore given the care and the love to become impressive works of architecture, which I have always loved. They are so well thought out and tell the story of the city in a way.”
RotheLowman Architects has designed the new masterplanned community of 84 terrace homes and 189 apartments and will convert the laundry into seven residential apartments on the edge of a 4000 sqm community park within the development.
The residential reuse of what was one of the largest commercial laundries in Brisbane will lead to the original building being turned into generous living areas with 4m-high ceilings. A modern two-storey addition will be added behind, which will house the garage, laundry and upstairs bedrooms.
Between the two buildings will be a bridge to allow for private courtyards between the old and the new sections.
“We’re making sure we’re not taking away the storytelling or the narrative of the site,” Mr Brown said. “The modern additions pay homage to the scale of those buildings, we haven’t tried to break it up into little houses.”
An original convent that is next to the Holy Cross Catholic Primary School facing Morris Street, will be adapted for community use.
Cedar Creek Properties senior development manager Peter Starr said the $180 million community would keep the ‘garden’ feel that Wooloowin is known for and will be sympathetic to the Queenslander style of surrounding homes, but the new homes would be grounded in a contemporary design.
“All our terrace homes have an optimal north-south orientation, meaning they are designed to enjoy abundant natural light and breezes, with our first release in an elevated enclave, meaning some also enjoy city skyline views,” Mr Starr said.
“We have created four different floor plans so there is a design to suit people at all stages of life – whether they are downsizers looking to have their master bedroom and living on one level, or younger purchasers wanting their bedrooms separated.”
There are generous landscaped courtyards, and open-plan living that integrates with either a courtyard or balcony, creating light-filled indoor-outdoor living and entertaining.
Civil construction will begin this season and the first 12 town homes will begin construction in autumn or winter of 2021. The development is expected to take five years to complete.
FDG Stanley’s Brisbane legacy
1872: General Post Office, 261 Queen Street
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