The vibrant and eclectic suburb of West End in Brisbane is on the cusp of an exciting transformation with the proposed development application known as Bank and Mollison. This ambitious project aims to revitalize the area, enhancing its urban fabric while preserving its unique character. If approved, the Unison Projects development located at 15-17 Mollison Street and 35-39 Bank Street, West End, has the potential to bring numerous benefits to both the local community and the broader cityscape.
The Bank and Mollison development proposal aims to create a mixed-use development in West End, incorporating residential, commercial, and public spaces. The goal is to enhance the urban landscape and create a sustainable precinct that encourages community engagement and social interaction.
The development includes a residential tower that spans 18 storeys and consists of 101 high-density residential units. These units are designed to provide a contemporary living experience within the vibrant West End community. The tower is envisioned with a stepped design, adding visual interest to the building’s facade.
The development proposal features a design by Rothelowman Architecture. The plan aims to incorporate a versatile and multi-functional tenancy space suitable for retail, commercial, or community use on the ground floor. The Bank and Mollison project plans to incorporate commercial and retail spaces, including cafes, restaurants, boutique shops, and office spaces. The addition of these businesses is expected to create job opportunities and make West End an attractive destination for residents and visitors. Additionally, a separate food/retail tenancy is proposed for this level.
Public Spaces and Amenities
Recognizing the importance of public spaces, the Bank and Mollison development proposal emphasizes the creation of well-designed communal areas. These spaces will serve as meeting points for the community, encouraging social interaction and fostering a sense of belonging. Parks, plazas, and pedestrian-friendly walkways will contribute to a more liveable and accessible West End, enhancing the overall quality of life for its residents. The incorporation of a dedicated walking green space traversing the smaller corner residential hdwelling neighbouring the project, looks to be a good design outcome for the corner allotment.
According to Mewing Planning Consultants, the proposed development is expected to deliver an architecturally and aesthetically superior outcome that will positively contribute to the existing character of the area. The design of the development showcases excellence in subtropical architecture and landscaping.
The planners emphasize that the proposed building design is responsive to the subtropical context of the locality, taking into consideration the unique climatic conditions of the region. The design aims to create a harmonious and sustainable living environment, aligning with the principles outlined in the Buildings that Breathe Design Guide.
Considering the existing and evolving site context, which includes multiple dwellings reaching heights of up to 22 storeys (with some taller buildings in the vicinity), the proposed building height is in line with the community’s expectations for the number of storeys in the development. This approach ensures that the proposed development integrates well with the surrounding built environment and respects the scale of the area.
The Unison Projects development application presents an exciting opportunity to transform West End into a thriving, sustainable, and inclusive neighbourhood. By incorporating a mix of residential, commercial, and public spaces, the proposal seeks to enhance the area’s urban fabric while respecting its heritage and unique character. If approved, this development has the potential to rejuvenate West End, bringing about economic growth, community engagement, and an improved quality of life for its residents.
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