Brisbane's Woolloongabba precinct welcomes innovative Build-to-Rent Tower

Brisbane’s ‘Build to Rent’ pipeline continues to gain momentum with the recent approval of a 12-storey apartment tower in the city’s southside.

This exciting addition to the housing market is set to invigorate the city’s rental landscape, and it promises to be a game-changer for Brisbane residents.


Nestled in the heart of Woolloongabba, the new build-to-rent project is set to redefine urban living. The development, led by Stalcaire and Brisbane businessman Ray Armitage, aims to create a modern, sustainable, and inclusive community. The proposed tower, spanning 2026 square meters across three lots at 62-68 Carl Street, Woolloongabba, is strategically located across the road from the Buranda Village shopping center and in close proximity to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“The development is well-timed in terms of other approvals and infrastructure works in the vicinity, including the Buranda Village redevelopment, Hanlon Park redevelopment and, further afield, the recent announcements relating to the plans for the Gabba stadium for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics,” the planning documents said. “The applicant intends to hold the land for an extended period of time, thereby supporting the proposed build-to-rent accommodation model.”
One of the project’s standout features is its distinctive “green veil.” This architectural concept, designed by Cottee Parker, drapes the building in lush greenery, giving it a unique and refreshing aesthetic. This not only enhances the visual appeal but also promotes environmental sustainability and a healthier living environment for the residents.
Vertical landscaping is to be integrated into the tower’s facade providing “a green veil that trails down the building and responds to the sub-tropical Brisbane environment”.

The apartment tower is designed to offer a wide range of housing options, with 130 apartments in total, including one, two, and three-bedroom units. Additionally, the project includes 15 units specifically designed to accommodate residents with disabilities, highlighting the commitment to inclusivity and accessibility.
“The building has been carefully curated and considered and the design provides several key benefits to the local community,” the development application said.

A key feature of the development is the tower’s elevation on columns, which creates an open and landscaped ground level. This design not only enhances the urban aesthetics of the area but also provides a welcoming communal space for residents to relax and interact. This project is poised to become a visual urban marker, making a significant contribution to the Gabba precinct’s identity. It also will comprise 510sq m of communal space, including a rooftop garden. As well, there would be 167 car parking spaces across three basement levels.

The approval of this build-to-rent tower is a clear indication of the growing trend towards rental living in Brisbane. Build-to-rent developments provide residents with stability, flexibility, and a sense of community, making them an attractive option for those who seek an urban lifestyle without the commitment of homeownership.

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