Property developer Bluebird has lodged a Development Application with Brisbane City Council to deliver a new low-rise residential development on the Brisbane riverfront in Highgate Hill. The inner-city site, located at 5 Dudley Street, also adjoins a park and small community garden.

The proposed development is a partnership between Bluebird and the long-term local landowners, who have managed the existing property for 15 years. The building’s age and state of decline have made it unfeasible to restore. Bluebird Co-Founders and Managing Partners Riye Arai-Coupe and Claire O’Rourke said the new vision for the site proposes to deliver a reduced number of apartments and introduces leading biophilic and sustainable design principles.

“Our vision for this development is to deliver a high-quality boutique residential building that embodies the community’s values and reflects the diverse architectural character of Highgate Hill, alongside an exceptional standard of environmentally sensitive design,” Ms Arai-Coupe said. “It is unlike anything else being delivered in South-East Queensland,” she said.

Ms Arai-Coupe said the design embraces Highgate Hill’s authentic and eclectic character. “A key design direction we have taken is for the building’s silhouette to present as traditional ‘house-size’ proportions from the street, divided by tropical landscaped courtyards and cascading gardens,” she said. “It’s an approach that will deliver a building that not only ‘breathes’ but gives back to its community through highly considered design that prioritises the connection between environment, social harmony, and enduring wellbeing,” she said.

Ms Arai-Coupe said there had been a ‘determined and collaborative effort’ for the building and its residents to connect with the broader community and natural environment. “Last year, we commenced extensive community engagement to drive better outcomes at a neighbourhood level, to ensure the building’s design and scale reflects and integrates with its surroundings,” she said. “This is fundamental to our values and will continue throughout this next stage of the planning process.”

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