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CBD space fight erupts as developer behind city tower hits out at hotel plan

The developer behind a 32-storey mixed-use tower stretching across an entire Brisbane city block has labelled a smaller hotel proposed for an adjacent site a “gross overdevelopment” of the space in a fresh stoush between those vying for CBD space.

In an objection lodged with Brisbane City Council last week, property group Mirvac said while it supported CBD redevelopment and revitalisation of the so-called “north quarter”, this could not extend to the hotel plans at the corner of Roma and Turbot streets.

The Roma Street hotel would deliver a “unique corporate traveller hotel development” with 212 rooms and an open, double-height foyer.

The Roma Street hotel would deliver a “unique corporate traveller hotel development” with 212 rooms and an open, double-height foyer.Credit:Buchan / Development.i

That proposal for the luxury development tower was submitted in April for a “unique corporate traveller hotel development” with 212 rooms, an open double-height foyer and ground-floor cafe or bar. A European restaurant currently occupies much of the corner site.

But Mirvac’s submission states the plans are double the height allowed for that lot size under the city centre neighbourhood plan and that limited separation from adjoining buildings would result in a “prejudicing” of future work on those sites.

“The proposed height, bulk and scale of the development having regard to the limited site area is unreasonable, represents a gross overdevelopment of the site, and cannot be supported,” the objection said.

Artist impressions of the proposed hotel alongside the existing Pullman hotel to the left and Mirvac’s 80 Ann development to the right.

Artist impressions of the proposed hotel alongside the existing Pullman hotel to the left and Mirvac’s 80 Ann development to the right.Credit:Buchan / Development.i

Property Projects Australia pitched the Roma Street vision latest among a number of projects to revitalise the “long-standing eyesore” that is the north-west end of the city, including the new Cross River Rail station and proposed Brisbane live arena.

While referencing the neighbouring, but smaller, Mercure and Pullman hotels as precedents for the hotel to go above the 12 storeys allowed on a site with a primary street frontage of below 20 metres and site area of less than 3000 square metres, Mirvac claimed this is not the case as they were approved under a superseded planning scheme.

Mirvac highlighted its own commercial tower was situated on an almost 5500-square-metre site with frontages of more than 60 metres on both Ann and Turbot streets. The Turbot Street frontage of the 44 Roma Street site is 33 metres.

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