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Buying in the Brisbane Real Estate market.

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There is no better time to build or renovate in Queensland!

There is no better time to build or renovate in Queensland!

The Sunshine State powers on as suburbs record strong growth across the board, led by the southeast region.

  For buyers looking to get a slice of the Sunshine State’s market, Southeast Queensland continues to be the location of choice.

“In Q3 2017, the Gold Coast recorded 139 surveyed sales, and 12 months later this has more than doubled with 298 recorded, with owner-occupiers being the highlight” says Clinton Ostwald, national director at Urbis. 

Thankfully here in Brisbane, its affordability as a capital city compared to Sydney and Melbourne help stimulate and secure demand.

“You can come by Queensland – be it Sunshine Coast, Brisbane or Gold Coast – and buy two brand new houses for the same price as what you’d get for one rundown flat in Sydney. That’s made purchasing and sell-through rates quite strong,” says Damien Lee, head of acquisitions at Caifu Property.

According to the Queensland Market Monitor – there has been strong growth state wide with close to 70 suburbs logging double-digit growth in the 12 months to June 2018.

Antonia Mercorella, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland confirms “It is a really strong result, and [Queensland] is a great market to be in at the moment. There are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth,” These findings also show that, while the southeast pocket is the place to watch, it is not the only grower in the state – central and northern Queensland have been making their mark too.

Suburbs outside of Brisbane that recorded more than 20% annual price growth were Minyama on the Sunshine Coast, Hollywell on the Gold Coast, Spring Mountain in Ipswich, Dundowran Beach on Fraser Coast, Boonah on the Scenic Rim and Idalia in Townsville. Mercorella also indicates that “This spread of suburbs is a good indication that Queensland real estate is delivering steady, sustainable growth across the board. We’re seeing growth outside the southeast corner,”

Exciting times ahead for South East Queensland in 2019.

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Story Bridge to be repainted for the first time in $80m project

Painters are about to begin a five-year project to completely repaint Brisbane’s 79-year-old Story Bridge for the first time since it opened.

Work will begin after this year's Riverfire, at the culmination of the Brisbane Festival.

Brisbane City Council will next week call tenders for one of the city’s biggest-ever paint jobs, repainting the kilometre-long bridge, including the iconic span over the Brisbane River.

Though its paintwork has been “touched up” several times, it will be the first time the Story Bridge has been repainted entirely since it opened in 1940.

The intention is not to change the Story Bridge’s steely-grey colour.

The idea is to scrape and blast off the old paint and then completely repaint the bridge the same colour.

It will cost about $80 million and take about 33,000 litres of paint, which is equivalent to the weight of 14 African elephants.

Lord mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane councillors had decided the bridge “deserved an overhaul”.

“There will never be another Story Bridge and, with it now approaching its 80th year, it is vital that we undertake works so it can continue to help people get home quicker and safer,” Cr Quirk said.

The Story Bridge, built between May 1935 and July 1940, originally cost £1,492,000 to build, which would be about $149,738,521 in 2019.

If Brisbane had to build it again, Cr Quirk said, it would cost closer to $1 billion.

A plan laying out the basic requirements for the big paint job will go before Brisbane City Council on Tuesday.

Story Bridge facts

  • It was designed and built as a work-generating project during the Great Depression (1929-1935)

  • The designer was engineer John Bradfield and the road over the bridge is called the Bradfield Highway in his honour. He also designed Sydney’s Circular Quay train station.

  • All the bridge components were built at a purpose-built bridge factory at Rocklea

  • It now carries 97,000 vehicles each day between Monday and Friday and about 30 million vehicles a year

  • It is 22 storeys high

  • It took five years to build

  • Three men died during construction. Two fell from the bridge, while a third man was hit by falling equipment

  • The bridge used 12,000 tonnes of steel

  • 400 people worked on the construction

  • During construction, workers were placed in an airlock 40 metres below ground level to build the footings

  • It was a toll bridge until 1947. The toll was a sixpence

Australian Developer awarded $14BN London, England 11,500 Home project

For immediate release – 15 February 2019

Peabody selects partner for 11,500 home development on the banks of the Thames
One of the largest regeneration projects in Europe moves a step closer Thousands of new homes and jobs to be created in south-east London

London’s oldest housing charity, Peabody, has selected Lendlease as PreferredBidder for the £8bn, 11,500 home, Thamesmead Waterfront development in south- east London.

The move means that, subject to contracts being finalised, Lendlease will work with Peabody in a corporate joint venture (JV) to masterplan and deliver the mammoth scheme over the next 30 years. The details of the new JV vehicle will be finalised by Summer 2019.

The 250-acre site is currently undeveloped and underpopulated. It benefits from 2.5km of undeveloped river frontage, with an abundance of green space, open grassed and wooded areas, canals, two major lakes and an existing town centre.

The Peabody and Lendlease plans would see a new waterfront district of 11,500 new homes, focussed around a proposed new DLR station in the heart of the development. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan instructed TfL in 2017 to carry out detailed work on a DLR crossing connecting east and south-east London.

The project will also rejuvenate the existing town centre, creating 1m sq ft of new cultural, community and commercial spaces for Thamesmead and for London.

Brendan Sarsfield, Chief Executive at Peabody, said: “We are pleased to haveselected Lendlease as a development partner for Thamesmead Waterfront. Our shared vision is to create thousands of new homes by the Thames and drive the

local economy through new jobs and commercial spaces. With a new DLR river connection complementing the Elizabeth Line on the other side of town, Thamesmead would be more connected to the city than ever before. This would unlock enormous potential and could be a real game-changer for this part ofLondon.”

Dan Labbad, CEO at Lendlease, Europe, said: “As one of London’s largest areasof opportunity to develop new housing and to support business and employment growth, Thamesmead can offer a fresh approach to living in London. Surrounded by water and outstanding wildlife, but within reach of the heart of the capital, we are excited at the opportunity to collaborate with Peabody, the local community and businesses, to bring new high-quality homes and workspaces to this exciting part of south-east London.”

This announcement is the latest phase of Thamesmead’s regeneration. In addition towidespread refurbishment, socio-economic and cultural development, and publicrealm improvements, the “whole-place” regeneration of the town could deliver 20,000new homes for London. It is being delivered by Peabody, with development partners, alongside the London Borough of Bexley, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

The town spans the same distance as central London – from Kings Cross to Charing Cross and Bond Street to Liverpool Street, making the regeneration one of the largest projects in Europe.

Peabody became the major landowner in Thamesmead in 2014 and is investing in a mixture of refurbishment and redevelopment proposals across the town. Unusually,most of the town’s extensive green and blue infrastructure, as well as a range ofcommunity, commercial and industrial spaces is also owned and managed by the housing charity. Since 2014, Peabody has worked with local residents to form its 30- year vision and mission for Thamesmead.

Peabody were assisted in the procurement of a partner by Avison Young (lead commercial advisers) and Bevan Brittan (legal advisers).


For more information contact:
Benjamin Blades at Peabody on 07875020950 or Klettner at Lendlease on

About Lendlease:

  • Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

  • Our vision is to create the best places; places that inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world.

  • Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 13,100 employees internationally.

  • Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers.

  • Lendlease is behind some of London’s largest and most exciting mixed-use regeneration projects such as Elephant Park and International Quarter London. In early 2018, it was appointed by Google as lead construction partner on its landmarknew headquarters’ in King’s Cross and is the preferred contractor for Birmingham’sPerry Barr development, due for completion in 2020.

  • Lendlease is also responsible for the development of Euston Over Station Development, working closely with HS2, the Department for Transport and the London Borough of Camden; Network Rail and other stakeholders to optimise the outcomes for London and the UK.

  • In June 2018, Lendlease announced plans for the acquisition with Starwood Capital, subject to pre-completion conditions, of The Silvertown Partnership which holdsdevelopment rights in a major urban renewal project in London’s East End.

  • Lendlease was recognised as the UK’s Most Sustainable Residential Developer bythe NextGeneration Sustainability Benchmark for setting new standards of sustainability and customer engagement for two consecutive years in 2018, 2017 and 2016, scoring more than double the industry average.

    About Peabody:

  • Peabody has been creating opportunities for Londoners since 1862, when it was established by the American banker and philanthropist, George Peabody.

  • The organisation owns and manages more than 56,000 homes, providing affordable housing for around 111,000 people.

  • As well as bricks and mortar, Peabody provides a wide range of community programmes in their neighbourhoods, including help with employment and training,

health and wellbeing projects, family support programmes and a dedicated care and support service.

  • The Peabody Community Foundation will invest more than £90 million supporting communities over the next 10 years. This year, it invested more than£7.3 million in

    programmes, helping 1,123 people into work and delivering over 58,000 hours of

    free-to-access community activities.

  • Peabody also runs a comprehensive programme of socio-economic investment in

    supporting residents into enterprise, employment, education and skills.


Construction underway for Hyne Timber’s new GLT plant

Construction of Hyne Timber’s new Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) production plant is now underway in Maryborough with Badge Construction.

The building’s structure will be made up of the company’s own GLT, demonstrating their capability, backed by over 40 years of GLT manufacturing experience.

Cross Laminated Timber from Australian supplier, XLam will also make up some of the internal building and the internal stairs.

Robert Mansell, Hyne Timber’s Business Development Manager, Commercial said construction of the new plant represents innovative, sustainable and quality construction.

“We know plantation pine is completely renewable but it is always refreshing to learn just how quickly a construction project’s volume of timber will grow back based on Australia’s plantation footprint. 

“The volume of timber being used for this new construction project will grow back in under 8 minutes. Now that’s renewable!” 

“The structural strength to weight ratio achieved by using high grade Queensland grown softwood means the GLT beams, currently under manufacture, are 690mm deep and 210mm wide.

“To give some further context, the equipment this structure will house into the future will be capable of manufacturing GLT up to 1200mm deep and 240mm wide. 

“We are also able to use our automated CNC machine for all the cutting and drilling making the manufacturing process significantly more efficient and 100% accurate for the connection detailing.

“We have been using our own GLT for our own commercial construction projects in Australia over many years and where GLT has been used in rafters, they bring light and space to work areas,” Mr Mansell said.

All the GLT being used for the new plant is softwood Hyne Beam 17, locally grown by HQ Plantations and Responsible Wood certified in accordance with Australian Standards. 

The timber is first milled and termite treated at Hyne Timber’s Tuan Mill near Maryborough before arriving at the GLT Plant for the final stage of manufacture and prefabrication ahead of installation.

The project’s Architect from Hervey Bay, Bloc Design, have also benefitted from Hyne Timber’s recently introduced GLT Building Information Modelling (BIM) content. This BIM content was uniquely developed for Hyne Timber’s GLT as one of the deliverables for a proposal to the Queensland Government to design and build the new Maryborough Fire Station using engineered timber, a proposal which remains underway. 

Bloc Design’s BIM Manager, Matt McKechnie said they were able to model the new structure using the Hyne Timber BIM content,

“Having BIM content specific to the manufacturer’s products makes our life easier especially when the content, such as Hyne Timber’s, is thoroughly set up. 

“There is no guess work and we can be confident the beams are designed for manufacture. “We used a drone for the external site scanning and a laser scanner for the inside of the existing buildings to improve accuracy of the integration between the old and the new.

“This integrates into the BIM model seamlessly, making it completely accurate and
de-risking the need for variations during construction.

“Further, the point cloud scanned data from the inside of the existing buildings calculates every bit of the interior space, even a corrugation in the roof to provide accurate cubic metre calculations.

“This provides accurate measures to comply with regulations such as fire compartment size compliance.” Mr McKechnie said. 

Hyne Timber was joined by the Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, the Honourable Cameron Dick MP, Local Member, Bruce Saunders MP and Mayor, George Seymour last month to officially turn the first sod at the site. 

GLT samples are available for request on Hyne Timber’s website and include Plantation Pine, Victorian Ash and Spotted Gum products.