terça-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2008

The new T&G

THIS is the building that will soon rise out of the rubble. Just days after the former T&G building bit the dust, local property developer Laurence Lancini unveiled the vision for this prime parcel of real estate nestled in the heart of the CBD.

The 16 or 18-storey commercial building will span three street frontages on Ogden St, Flinders St West, with the main entrance on Stanley St.

It will include about 700sq m of retail space and between 11,000 and 13,000 sq m of commercial space.

It will also have the provision for 240 on-site car parks.

Mr Lancini said the architects, The Buchan Group, had designed the building to meet Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) standards.

"We are looking at doing a prestigious, A-grade office tower," Mr Lancini said.

"We are looking to have retail on the ground level, multiple levels of car parking and then between 10 to 12 levels of commercial space."

Mr Lancini said the building would be a first of its kind for Townsville.

"It will be the first building designed in Townsville that will meet all the current ESD requirements," Mr Lancini said.

"We are really focused on meeting all the ESD requirements, and building it to a five-star green rating.

"That will include the use of natural lighting and the correct energy uses."

Mr Lancini said the building was a `key' part in the CBD revitalisation.

He said every effort had been made to make the development aesthetically pleasing.

"I think if anyone says that this is an unattractive development than I don't know what more I can do.

" I think what we have designed is aesthetically pleasing," Mr Lancini said.

"From my point of view, we are very much focused on the revitalisation of the city centre."He said several tenants had already expressed interest in occupying the building.

"We are negotiating with several tenants at the moment but at this stage it is confidential," he said.

Once those negotiations are complete, Mr Lancini said he would submit the plans to Townsville City Council for approval.

It is expected the building will be completed by the middle of 2010.

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