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Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Martin Rasini

A PROP­ERTY in Townsville’s Cur­ra­jong sub­urb that un­til three years ago was home to pro­fes­sional prac­tice Con­cepts Build­ing De­sign is set to be re­de­vel­oped as an ap­peal­ing com­mer­cial precinct.

The 2026sq m land­hold­ing is at 192 Bayswa­ter Rd and is ear­marked for two smartwired, s i ngle-l evel of f i ce build­ings, one with 200sq m of floorspace and the other with a 500sq m floor­plate.

The pro­ject has a $ 2 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment cost and re­flects the gen­tri­fi­ca­tion of Cur­ra­jong, which has grown in pop­u­lar­ity due to its close­ness to Townsville and Thuringowa busi­ness dis­tricts and to a wide range of fa­cil­i­ties.

It is planned by Hori­zon Prop­erty In­vest­ment, a com­pany associated with Towns- ville in­ter­ests, which ac­quired the hold­ing as long ago as 1997 from the Catholic Church.

The build­ings have been de­signed by for­mer ten­ant Con­cepts Build­ing De­sign, associated with Sal Par­enti, which va­cated the prop­erty af­ter de­vel­op­ing its present of­fices, at the junc­tion of Vir­gil and Cum­mins streets, Hyde Park.

The prac­tice’s base is a twolevel Queen slan­der , re­designed and ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated to cre­ate an ap- peal­ing 250sq m of­fice space which shares the Hyde Park site with a 300sq m two­s­torey tilt-slab build­ing also de­signed by Con­cept Build­ing De­sign.

Con­cepts Build­ing De­sign has been in busi­ness for two decades and has de­signed re­tail, res­i­den­tial, in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial build­ings, up to a value of $ 20 mil­lion, some of which have taken out build­ing in­dus­try awards.

Sal Par­enti said his client saw the Bayswa­ter Rd site as meet­ing a need for mod­ern of­fices with good ex­po­sure and ac­cess to ma­jor roads ser­vic­ing the grow­ing ar­eas of Townsville.

He said de­sign of the twin build­ings re­flected the North Queens­land cli­mate a nd life­style. ‘ ‘ The build­ings’ in­ter­nal spaces are flex­i­ble to en­able them to in­cor­po­rate open-plan workspaces, an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light, pri­vate of­fices and meet­ing places which will pro­vide de­sir­able work spaces for staff,’’ he said.

They will be con­structed from ma­sonry block and fea­ture ex­ten­sive glass, skil­lion roofs and fea­ture pan­elling.

Ameni­ties will i nclude, lunch­rooms, bath­room fa­cil­i­ties ,out­door seat­ing ar­eas and bike stands.

The build­ings will meet a six-star en­ergy rat­ing and will share 24 park­ing spaces, with ingress and egress to the prop­erty from Hind­ley St and Bayswa­ter Rd.

Leas­ing is be­ing han­dled by Nev Smith, of Col­liers In­ter­na­tional.

IN­NO­VA­TIVE: a con­cept im­age of the rede­vel­op­ment of 192 Bayswa­ter Rd

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