Hames Sharley to design $750m development at Brisbane’s Albion Station

A 3.5-hectare site centred on Albion station in Brisbane will be transformed into a mixed-use “community hub,” with the Queensland government reaching an agreement with developer Geon Property.

The $750 million Transit Oriented Development will see the train station integrated with commercial and residential buildings, as well as new public spaces.

Transport facilities will be upgraded to the tune of $28.7 million, with commuter car parking and station accessibility to be improved. Hames Sharley has been appointed as architect for the project.

The Palaszczuk government committed to a $17 million accessibility upgrade in the lead up to last year’s election, and transport minister Mark Bailey said the government will now work with the developer to ensure the station integrates with the wider precinct.

“By unlocking the potential of the 3.5-hectare site through partnership with the private sector we will deliver enhanced public transport infrastructure for the local community,” he said.

“This 15-year project will integrate Albion train station with nearby commercial and residential buildings and vacant land to deliver an exciting community asset.”

The redevelopment of the site has long been mooted. In 2014, the then-Newman government called for expressions of interest for the site.

Haymes Sharley will now complete detailed designs, with Geon Property expected to complete the development application and approval process over the next 12 to 18 months.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019-2020, as are accessibility upgrades.

“While this accessibility upgrade is currently in early planning stages, improvements being explored include new platform access with lifts, raised platform sections providing improved assisted boarding points, and other accessibility features such as hearing aid loops, signage and tactile flooring surfaces,” said Bailey.

Currently, Albion station is only accessible by steep ramps or stairs, there are no electronic timetables or hearing loops and no raised boarding points.

Geon Property managing director Ben Griffin said the project will be a “world-class” transit-oriented development.

“This project will be defined by a seamless integration of high-quality apartment living, retail, food and beverage outlets with genuine character, modern commercial offerings and vibrant public open spaces. 

“It will offer access to Brisbane’s transport networks, integrating with one of South East Queensland’s busiest train lines, connecting to the bikeway network and providing accessible parking options.” 

Public consultation will occur as part of the development application process.

Source: AAU