Shayher Group Unveil Visionary Apollo Road Apartments as the Bulimba Barracks Enters Its Residential Phase

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In a much-anticipated move, the Shayher Group has revealed comprehensive plans for the initial phase of the residential segment within the Bulimba Barracks redevelopment in Bulimba, dubbed the ‘Apollo Road Apartments.’ This development, featuring 69 residential units and community hub elements, marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the historic site as it presses forward with the urban renewal of the former Eastern Suburbs Barracks site.

Situated adjacent to the renowned heritage listed Fabrication Shed, which is set to undergo refurbishment, the Apollo Road Apartments are poised to become a cornerstone of the Bulimba Barracks master plan, fostering a vibrant community hub within the precinct.

^The Apollo Road Apartments by Shayher Group at the Bulimba Barracks Redevelopment (Images: Buchan)
^The Apollo Road Apartments by Shayher Group at the Bulimba Barracks Redevelopment (Images: Buchan)

The report encompasses Lot A1 and Lot A2 of the former Bulimba Barracks, strategically positioned at 167 Apollo Road. Serving as an eastern gateway to the river’s edge, the Bulimba Barracks encapsulates the ongoing transformation of Brisbane’s inner city. With the submission of these detailed plans, the vision outlined in the 2022 Masterplan approval inches closer to reality, promising to seamlessly integrate neighbouring Bulimba communities and adjacent residential areas while enhancing connectivity and riverfront access.

Crafted by Buchan Architects, the envisioned multiple dwelling complex comprises two apartment buildings flanking community facilities at the heart of the site. With a mix of 10 x 1-bedroom, 38 x 2-bedroom, and 21 x 3-bedroom units, the development aims to diversify the local housing stock, catering to varying needs within the community. The Shayher Group are delivering the 1st stage of the residential portion of the huge redevelopment in conjunction with the Fabrication Shed, to deliver both living and community focused development.

Central to the design ethos are residential amenities strategically positioned between the two apartment complexes, boasting a cabana lounge, dining zones, activities lawn, sauna, and a 13.0m lap pool, offering residents a blend of relaxation and recreation.

Apollo Road Apartments Residential Amenity Zone (Image: Buchan)
^Apollo Road Apartments Residential Amenity Zone (Image: Buchan)
^Site Plan (Image: Buchan)
^Site Plan (Image: Buchan)

A key highlight of the planning documents is the commitment to maintaining the traditional scale of the new buildings within the site, ensuring harmony with the historical character of the precinct. As stated,

“The two buildings “read” as separate complexes with a building scale equivalent to the previous warehouse buildings that occupied the site previously. This similar scale is seen to be an important element of historic character that has been reflected in the design.”

The pivotal Fabrication Shed and Workshop, serving as the centerpiece of the precincts redevelopment, is slated for preservation and transformation. This strategic overhaul aims to cultivate a fresh community focal point, imbuing the neighborhood and new center with a distinctive visual identity. Within the existing building envelope, the Shed will accommodate retail and community functions, with the group dedicated to revitalizing the structure’s heritage, aiming for it to emerge as a vibrant community hub that preserves and celebrates its heritage value.

“A sensitive design approach has been undertaken to ensure the workshop shed heritage values are not only preserved but celebrated and enhanced,” as stated in the application documents

^The Site Plan for the Apollo Road Apartments and Heritage Fabrication Shed (Images: Buchan)
^The Site Plan for the Apollo Road Apartments and Heritage Fabrication Shed (Images: Buchan)

Furthermore, in an urban design move within the Bulimba Barracks master plan, a previously sanctioned 10-meter-wide north-south road was designated to grant access to the upcoming residential and retail precinct. Now, this innovative application aims to transform the private road into a shared pedestrian laneway and cross-block link, facilitating seamless movement within the mixed-use precinct for both vehicles and pedestrians alike.

^The Apollo Road Apartments Proposed Laneway (Image: Buchan)
^The Apollo Road Apartments Proposed Laneway (Image: Buchan)

This latest application follows the group’s previous submission for the ‘Pavilion’ section of the site, which envisions a sprawling public open space along the Brisbane riverfront.

Envisioned as a sprawling public oasis spanning over 500 meters along the Brisbane riverfront, the Shayher Group’s proposal, outlined in documents filed with Brisbane City Council, is nothing short of transformative. From a network of walkways and cycleways to a shipyard-themed playground, covered picnic areas, a viewing deck, and lush grass fields, the vision promises to redefine outdoor recreation. Moreover, plans include the retention of an existing boat ramp, with council initiatives aimed at refurbishing the adjacent Apollo Road ferry terminal.

Pavillion Architectural Design as part of the Bulimba Barracks Redevelopment (Images: Buchan)
^Pavillion Architectural Design as part of the Bulimba Barracks Redevelopment (Images: Buchan)
^The Pavillion will be part of the River Frontage Precinct (Images: Buchan)
^The Pavillion will be part of the River Frontage Precinct (Images: Buchan)

This project is located within the Bulimba Barracks Masterplan, developed by Brisbane City Council in collaboration with the Queensland Government in 2015. The master plan project was launched in mid-August 2015 with an intensive community engagement phase which resulted in a highly collaborative approach.

The Shayher Group acquired the site from the Department of Defence for $63 million, and has an approved masterplan for more than 800 homes – some in buildings of up to five storeys – in a mixed-use development. In 2022 the adjusted Bulimba Barracks Masterplan was approved by Brisbane City Council.

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