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The current excavation works

Project details

How long will the excavation last?

The excavation will be continuous from April 2018 to mid 2019.

The excavation will start on the western boundary (Bank Street end) and progress east towards Boundary Street. Some early excavation works will occur on the eastern boundary to construct the ramp for plant and material access into the excavation.

What are your working hours each day?

Working hours will be from 6:30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday, in line with Brisbane City Council Development Approval.

Because of Queensland Government requirements on the transport of large equipment, the excavation equipment required for the project will be delivered to the site between 6pm and 6am prior to the project starting.

How much material will be excavated?
A total of 195,000m3 of dirt and rock will be excavated.
How deep will the excavation be?

Excavation will be conducted in the western, eastern and central sectors of the site for Residential Stages 2, 3 and 4, as well as the public car park and retail hub.

Excavation in the western sector will be to a depth of 14 to 16 metres (four basement levels), with rock breaking equipment required at all times.

Excavation in the eastern sector will be shallower at 6 to 12 metres and will require less rock breaking – given the softer rock.

Excavation in the central sector will be to a depth of 6 to 12 metres through hard rock using rock breakers.

What are the community benefits of the excavation?

At the completion of the excavation a new, wider, footpath that is smooth and even will be constructed along the site’s frontage (southern side of Mollison Street).The existing overhead power lines along the footpath will also be placed underground – improving visual amenity.  A new commercial public carpark will reduce pressure on street parking on Boundary Street and the surrounding area.


Truck movements

How many trucks a day will be hauling excavated rock from the site?
It is estimated that 150 to 180 trucks will be required on an average day to remove excavated material from the site.
What time will trucks start lining up in Mollison Street?

Trucks will arrive at and depart from the site during the Brisbane City Council approved working hours of 6:30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Will trucks be allowed to queue in Mollison Street during the day?

The parking bay lane on the southern side of Mollison Street will be closed for the duration of the works to create an overflow zone for trucks that are unable to wait within the site.

Traffic control will be used as required to ensure that truck movements are managed safely and in compliance with Brisbane City Council approved traffic management plan for the project.

Trucks will not obstruct the flow of traffic or restrict access to or egress from neighbouring properties.

What route will the trucks be taking to get to and from West Village?

Trucking contractors will use Mollison Street, Boundary Street, Melbourne Street and Montague Roads for arriving at and leaving the site.

Traffic control will be used as required to ensure that truck movements are managed safely and in compliance with the Brisbane City Council approved traffic management plan for the project.

Will trucks be covered when leaving the site?

Yes, trucks used to remove rock and dirt from the site will be covered to minimise dust affecting the surrounding streets and residential properties.

Traffic control will be used as required to ensure that truck movements are managed safely and in compliance with the Brisbane City Council approved traffic management plan for the project.

Will trucks be washed down before leaving the site?

A vehicle wheel wash will be used. The wheel wash will limit dust issues by reducing the risk of dirt and rock being tracked on to the surrounding roads, and will work in tandem with other site management tools such as water hoses and water trucks that will wet the earth being excavated.

Traffic control will be used as required to ensure that truck movements are managed safely and in compliance with the Brisbane City Council approved traffic management plan for the project.

How will the trucks affect the buses that use Mollison Street?

There will be no interruption to the current bus routes which use Mollison Street.

The outbound City Glider bus stop (southern side of Mollison Street) will be shifted approximately 75 metres towards Boundary Street to sit adjacent the Gun Shop Café.

Notwithstanding this the operation of buses on Mollison Street will remain unchanged.

Will Mollison Street be blocked at all?

Traffic control will be used as required to hold and release road traffic for the sole purpose of allowing the safe access and egress of site vehicles in compliance with the Brisbane City Council approved traffic management plan for the project.

Every effort will be made to keep pedestrian and vehicle traffic in Mollison Street flowing freely.

Will Mollison Street parking be affected at all?
The parking bay lane on the southern side of Mollison Street will be closed for the duration of the works. A traffic management plan and its associated Brisbane City Council permit will be made available prior to its implementation.
Will pedestrians be allowed to use the footpath on the southern side of Mollison Street?
The footpath on the southern side of Mollison Street for the length of the site will be closed for the duration of project. A pedestrian management plan and its associated Brisbane City Council permit will be made available prior to its implementation. This will include signage at either end of the site directing pedestrians to cross at the traffic lights at Boundary Street and Montague Road.

Dust, noise and vibrations

Will there be any anchors or underpinning outside the site?
Yes, and only by agreement with the property owners.
Will trucks be covered when leaving the site?
Yes, trucks used to remove dirt from the site will be covered to minimise dust affecting the surrounding streets and residential properties.
Will trucks be washed down before leaving the site?
A vehicle wheel wash will be used. The wheel wash will limit dust issues by reducing the risk of dirt and rock being tracked on to the surrounding roads, and will work in tandem with other site management tools such as water hoses and water trucks that will wet the earth being excavated.
What dust suppression measures will be taken to stop dust escaping the site?
A Construction Management Plan for the works has been approved by Brisbane City Council and includes dust management measures:
• Water trucks
• Hoses
• Truck tyre wash downs, and
• Designated truck routes
What dust and noise monitoring will you be doing?
Dust and noise monitoring will be undertaken to ensure that the works conform to the required Brisbane City Council standards and the Environmental Management Plan for the works.

Contact Information

Who can I call to ask for information or to make a complaint?
Please call the Community Information Line – 07 3096 0066 if you have any queries about the excavation works.

ABOUT WEST VILLAGE

What is happening to the Absoe site?

West Village is transforming this landmark 2.6ha lot at the eastern entrance to West End into a vibrant mix of new residences, shops and places that reflect the identity of the suburb and, in doing so, create a destination for all of Brisbane.

Will the whole 2.6 hectares be developed with buildings?

No. West Village will provide 30% of the site as publicly accessible open space, laneways and arcades.

Mollison Green, a family friendly green space with children’s play area, and Boundary Street Common, which recreates the historic grass forecourt of the heritage listed Peters Ice Cream factory, will be available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Who is West Village and what is their track record?

The West Village project is a development by Sekisui House Australia.

Established in 1960, Sekisui House is one of Japan’s most respected home builders and new community developers.

With over two million homes to its credit and operations across Japan, Singapore, USA, China and Australia, Sekisui House has received a multitude of accolades for innovation, quality and sustainability.

Why is Sekisui House undertaking this development?

Sekisui House saw a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform an important yet underutilised and neglected site into a new destination for West End and Brisbane.

The site is a commanding feature of the neighbourhood and its redevelopment will enable locals and visitors alike to enjoy a new destination for Brisbane.

What is happening to the Peters Ice Cream Factory and 1920s brick warehouse?

The Peters Ice Cream Factory and the 1920s brick warehouse will be restored for adaptive reuse and celebrated by the project.


THE PROJECT ELEMENTS

Where is the site?

The site is 2.6ha located at 111 Boundary Street, West End, approximately 1km from the Brisbane CBD.

It is a commanding feature of the suburb as it fronts the dining, shopping and entertainment strip of Boundary Street, major public and private transportation route Mollison Street, as well as Little Jane Street and Wilson Street.

The site does not include the buildings that front the intersection of Boundary and Mollison Streets.

What are the main elements of the project?

West Village will rejuvenate a landmark West End site by delivering new residences, shops and places that reflect the identity of the suburb and, in doing so, create a new destination for all of Brisbane.

To be built in stages, West Village will ultimately comprise:

  • One, two and three bedroom apartments and townhouse designs to accommodate multiple resident types, including singles, share accommodation, partners and families
  • approximately 15,000m2 of retail and commercial area, including:
    • full-line supermarket
    • retail, restaurants and food and beverage outlets
    • Medical centre
    • Childcare
    • Office suited to creative industries and co-working
  • A 500m2 space dedicated for community use markets and festivals
  • 450 space commercial car park
  • Restored heritage buildings
  • Two parks – Boundary Street Common and Mollison Green
  • 30% of the site as 24 hour publicly accessible open space, laneways and arcades
What are the project’s environmental sustainability commitments?

West Village will be a certified 5-star Green Star community, delivering Australian excellence in environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The project has incorporated a range of sustainability initiatives in the design of the project, the materials that will be used to build it and the community and resident facilities that it will offer.

Examples include the use of passive design for urban heat island reduction, rain water harvesting and built form construction waste recycling.

Carless commuting is central to the project’s planning, and West Village has entered into an agreement with GoGet, Australia’s first and largest car sharing service, to give residents the option to live car-free and minimise traffic on local roads.

Other green transportation features include a state-of-the-art bicycle commuter centre and the provision of an electric vehicle charging station in the public car park.

How does the design of the project respond to the site?

The scale and position of the site required an imaginative architecture and urban design approach that recognises its importance to Brisbane.

West Village will provide connections to employment, recreational, cultural and education nodes in the city and South Bank and, with a range of accommodation options, including one, two and three bedroom apartments, and townhouses, will bring more community to the West End community.

The design of the buildings achieves a human scale at the street level through one and two storey podiums, activated with ground floor retail that encourages social interaction, while four pedestrian laneways provide connections through the site that currently don’t exist.

The site includes a 50 metre frontage to Boundary Street. This space will be used to create a new park, framed by two-storey retail pavilions and the restored Peters Ice Cream Factory.

What is the timeframe for construction?

The staged demolition of the site’s non-heritage buildings began in April 2016 and was largely completed in July 2016.

Construction of West Village Stage 1 began with the excavation of the residents’ car park in July 2016 and was completed in September 2018.

Timeframes for the construction of the other stages of the project will be provided when the Development Applications for each are finalised.

How will impacts be managed?

Sekijsui House is committed to undertaking the construction with care for its neighbours, and with attention to detail and quality.

Hutchinson Builders has been appointed to build this new destination for Brisbane, and the project will apply industry best practice to the construction works.

A Construction Management Plan has been prepared with environmental controls to include:

  • Vehicle management
  • Stormwater management
  • Noise control and working hours
  • Dust control, and
  • Odour control.

You can view the construction notices issued for the project here.


THE PLANNING PROCESS

Stage 1

Stage 1 of West Village received planning approval from Brisbane City Council in March 2016, and construction has commenced to deliver this landmark project for West End and Brisbane.

Preliminary Approval

West Village received Preliminary Approval from Brisbane City Council for the entire site in May 2016. This application was subject to a State Government Call-In (reassessment) in October 2016. The application was approved by the Deputy Premier in November 2016.

Additional Approvals

Development Applications for the underground carpark, community space and public realm were approved by Council in 2018.

As a staged project, future designs and construction will be subject to planning approval as required.


COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS

What community facilities will the project provide?

West Village will transform the heart of the suburb with Mollison Green, a family friendly green space with children’s play area, and Boundary Street Common, which recreates the historic grass forecourt of the heritage Peters Ice Cream Factory.

The Ice Cream Factory and its 1920s brick warehouse will be carefully restored and returned the Boundary Street streetscape, after being hidden from view for 40 years.

The project will also include a child care centre, medical centre, and a 500m2 community purpose space.

What is the economic impact of the development?

The construction of West Village will provide around 2,400 construction jobs and $168 million in wages and salaries for Queensland.Once built, West Village will provide around 860 long term jobs and annual wages and salaries totalling $50.6 million for Queensland.

Youth and indigenous training and employment programs are already underway. In October 2016 a school of construction was established on site, providing employment pathways in construction and a dedicated indigenous participation program.

Does the project provide affordable housing?

Yes. Stage 1 of West Village will provide approximately 50 apartments that meet the State Government’s criteria for affordable housing for low and moderate income households.

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has determined that the purchase price for an affordable rental in inner Brisbane is $664,804, based on a median household income for the local government area of $110,855 (as at September 2015).

West End is not a Priority Development Area (PDA) for the State Government and the EDQ guidelines do not set a housing affordability requirement for the suburb.
Stage 1 of West Village, however, meets the 15% affordable housing target set for the Woolloongabba PDA and greatly exceeds the 5% target set for the Bowen Hills and Northshore Hamilton PDAs.

Information on the affordable housing outcomes for stages 2 and 3 of the project will be provided once Development Approval is received.


TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION

How will traffic get in and out of the development?

The project includes four street frontages with multiple car park entries to manage traffic flow, in response to modelling compiled by specialist traffic engineers TTM.

Analysis was informed by traffic surveys at five other local apartment buildings including Arena and Canvas apartments. Car-sharing, cycling infrastructure and high frequency public transport are all available at West Village.

How is the new community accessible, walkable and liveable?

Public areas will be connected by laneways only accessible by pedestrians and cyclists to foster a walkable, rideable and healthier neighbourhood.

These four pedestrian laneways will provide connections through the site that currently don’t exist and will be supported by a state-of-the-art bicycle commuter centre.

How does the project promote green transportation?

Improving safe and active transport is important to the project, and West Village has entered into an agreement with GoGet, Australia’s first and largest car sharing service, to give residents the option to live car-free and minimise traffic on local roads.

A state-of-the-art bicycle commuter centre will further encourage carless commuting.


 

 

 

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Please call Barton Green of Three Plus
on 0411 702 209.

EMAIL

info@westvillage.com.au

SALES INFORMATION

For sales information and enquiries, please visit the West Village website, at westvillage.com.au.