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STRIK­ING a bal­ance be­tween old and new has been pri­or­ity for those en­trusted with her­itage-listed Collins Place at South Bank.

The Grey St land­mark is now be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the $590 mil­lion South­point de­vel­op­ment by the An­thony John Group.

Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tony John said he wanted the her­itage build­ing to be­come a bea­con for visi­tors.

“When peo­ple come to South­point (they) will say let’s meet at that lit­tle her­itage build­ing, Collins Place,” he said.

“If you look around Bris­bane, there aren’t a lot of her­itage build­ings.

“We see this as a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to pre­serve the her­itage build­ing.”

As part of the con­struc­tion work, Collins Place has now been raised 9m.

Once the pro­ject is com­pleted, it will sit above a new re­tail precinct.

Mr John said rais­ing the build­ing had been del­i­cate due to its brick con­struc­tion, which meant the house could have fallen apart if not raised cor­rectly.

It took one week to lift the build­ing us­ing hy­draulic jacks and a month to ex­ca­vate un­der­neath it.

The struc­ture weighs 330 tonnes and is sup­ported by four trusses, each hold­ing up about 80 tonnes.

“We had this won­der­ful lit­tle her­itage build­ing on this very mod­ern con­struc­tion site,” Mr John said. “Our ques­tions were how do we pro­tect it and how do we in­te­grate it?

“To give this build­ing a lease of life, there has to be an in­te­gra­tion be­tween the new and old.

“Collins Place is an icon, it will be the en­try state­ment for our fresh food precinct and our res­tau­rant precinct.”

Collins Place be­came well known as the Spaghetti House dur­ing World Expo 88 and Mr John said it was likely to be used as a res­tau­rant again.

Built in 1889 for Ship Inn pro­pri­etor Michael Fo­ley, the build­ing is listed on the Queens­land Her­itage Register, which de­scribes it as “the sole sur­viv­ing house in what was once one of South Bris­bane’s ear­li­est residential streets’’.

The name Collins Place was given to com­mem­o­rate the 1857 deed of grant holder, squat­ter John Collins.

HIS­TOR­I­CAL MOVES: Devel­oper Tony John says pro­tect­ing the her­itage Collins Place build­ing within the South­point con­struc­tion site is a del­i­cate op­er­a­tion.

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