Plans for Valley twin towers under scrutiny

80 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley
Twin towers are proposed for 80 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley. | Photo: Brisbane City Council development website.

Brisbane City Council is continuing to assess a development application for a two-tower 550-unit high-density mixed-use project in Fortitude Valley.

Earlier this month, Council asked for further information, after developers Urbis responded to more than 50 submissions on the proposed 33-storey complex at 801 Ann St and 80 McLachlan St in the inner-city suburb.

It is planned the tower facing Ann St will be Build to Rent (BTR), while the second tower, facing McLachlan St, will be Build to Sell (BTS).

Initial plans of the Rothelowman-designed complex, show the 118m-high buildings would house 551 residential units, including 168 studio apartments, 98 one-bedroom, 247 two-bedroom and 38 three-bedroom apartments.

The development plans also show provisions for commercial space and a 453sqm showroom, as well as a common area on the ground floor.

A communal work from home space is proposed for level 2 of the BTS tower and a Sky Garden across level 14 and 15 of the BTR tower.

The complex allows 521 car spaces and 689 bicycle spaces.

In its response to submissions, Urbis addressed concerns around building height, impacts on surrounding residential amenity, traffic and on-street parking, housing affordability and supply, flooding constraints, retail tenancy availability and transport air quality impacts.

Council acknowledged a proposed one-storey height reduction, but wanted further information on the separation of rooms and balconies facing Connor St, in relation to the existing residential building opposite.

It also called for the current indented car parking pays along Morgan St frontage of the site to be removed and a full standard 3.75m verge to be maintained, among number of car parking and noise-related enquiries.

The full development application can be viewed on the Brisbane City Council development website.


80 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley. | Newsreel
Proposed twin towers at 80 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley.