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527 Gregory Terrace: Reaching for the Stars

527 Gregory Terrace

Have you heard? Bowen Hills is getting a brand new residential precinct! The Courier Mail features The NRA Collaborative’s next exciting project in a prime location on the corner of Brunswick St and Gregory Terrace.

The Gregory will be a celebration of Brisbane’s unique subtropical design, with two distinct towers each expressing an individual identity through the amalgamation of different façade treatments which stand out amongst a backdrop of the growing city skyline. A juxtaposition of organic and geometric forms, the towers are connected with a textural terracotta screen at the base of the building which links to the site’s heritage.


527 Gregory Terrace – Reaching for the Stars

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Noel Robinson is a true believer when it comes to the inner-city Brisbane apartment market.

But the Managing Director of The NRA Collaborative says while there remains strong demand from developers for quality designs, there has been a change in what potential buyers now expect.

“People want convenience and they want community,” Mr Robinson said. “They want high quality and to be a good location. It’s really all about superior design.”

Mr Robinson’s architectural firm has designed a two-tower apartment complex on the southern edge of Economic Development Queensland’s (EDQ) Bowen Hills precinct, which is scheduled to go to market.

The 700sq m site at 527 Gregory Tce, Fortitude Valley, currently contains the Terrace Office Park, which has two four-storey office buildings.

On the corner of Brunswick St and Gregory Tce, and opposite the former Queensland Museum, the site was purchased in 2015 by a Singaporean-based developer through Kingsford Developments for $31 million.

Mr Robinson said EDQ has signed off on the development, to be known as The Gregory, which will consist of 641 luxury apartments in two 30-storey and 25-storey towers which celebrate Brisbane’s subtropical climate.

The towers feature a roof-top terrace, ground floor retail, transparent pool, gym and underground car parking.

Conforming to the EDQ’s superior design outcome edict, MR Robinson said the plans had to tick the right boxes in urban design solutions, sustainability, and offering enough ageing in place and affordable housing apartments.

That ensured the complex included a terracotta lower level façade that blended with the old museum across the road, pedestrian plaza, a cross-site link and public green space with the significant trees on the site saved.

Among some of the features of the buildings was a cross-ventilation system, adjustable sun shading and other green features, while up to 20 per cent of The Gregory will be ageing in place apartments and 22 will be offered as affordable housing.

Mr Robinson said the towers would be completed in stages and be strongly marketed in China.

“There are various views where the market is heading, but my firm has not seen a slowdown from developers.”

“And there is always demand for good quality urban development”

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    Hi Noel. I was the site manager on Terrace Office Park for Civil&Civic in the mid-1980s, about 30 years ago. So I am somewhat saddened to see the first building project I was ever involved with to be demolished. On the other hand, it was a good investment over the years, so it’s probably about time to recycle the site. Before all that however, well do I remember passing the old nursing home?/ flats that was on that site originally when going to The Show after walking up from Brunswick Street station.

    • Veronica Pires

      Hi Rob,

      Thank you for your comments.I had my first building demolished at Maroochydore five years after it was built. It was an innovative steel framed building well ahead of time but single story, and was replaced by a most unsuitable boxy highrise. The Gregory now going to be marketed in China so it will be interesting to see how its uptake us in the current market cycle. Its new development responds to sensational elevation and view that will be achieved when realised.

      Thanks for your comments and your remembrance of the site.

      Noel Robinson.

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