Fresh new look on cards
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