Inner North Brisbane brickworks site transforming into boutique neighbourhood

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With Brisbane City Council introducing strict new town planning guidelines, infill development projects, where an existing, generally industrial, urban area is regenerated, have become increasingly rare.

As Brisbane’s burgeoning population is boosted by interstate arrivals, inner city property is in-demand, says Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights. With new housing in these areas scarce, there is likely to be significant interest in this release.

“Brickworks Park is a very impressive, new infill project – something which is hard to supply in Brisbane, but is exactly what the city needs,” Matusik says.

“Demand for apartment projects, especially in Brisbane’s middle ring, has kept growing. We expect population flight from interstate to increase with restrictions lifted.”

With two train stations nearby, Brickworks Park’s close proximity to the CBD will be a major drawcard.

John Bush, CDL Australia’s director of residential, says the new neighbourhood’s prime location and range of transport options to the CBD, make it a rare opportunity for buyers.

“Brisbane has a critical shortage of infill sites suitable for residential development,” says Bush.

“While there are still some opportunities to knock down older homes and rebuild, or develop a handful of townhouses or apartments, there are few remaining sites able to accommodate a genuine masterplanned project such as Brickworks Park at Alderley.”

A local landmark

The 50-metre Newmarket chimney stack has been a visual beacon for inner north residents for 108 years. Now, it will be the focal point for a new neighbourhood.

Incorporating the heritage of the site into the neighbourhood design was a driving principle of the design, says Bush. Residents have the chance to become part of the next chapter of the site’s story.

“As a rare surviving example of the once thriving brickworks industry in Queensland, the chimney – which has been entered into the Queensland Heritage Register – will be a centrepiece of Brickworks Park and celebrated for the benefit of future generations,” Bush says

“Our vision has been to create a neighbourhood that will blend seamlessly with the surrounding residential area, bringing a sophisticated modern touch while honouring the site’s past.”

Apartments in the first stage start from $375,000, with townhomes priced from $739,000.

But the project offers much more than history. Brickworks Park offers a diverse range of apartment and townhome designs from leading architectural firm Rothelowman. The new homes feature sophisticated styling and sustainable features, says Bush.

“The masterplan design has been highly considered to incorporate the key elements which typically form a genuine neighbourhood,” he says.

“It weaves together beautiful residential living, contemporary architectural design and inspirational leisure zones within a parkland neighbourhood where almost half of the site has been devoted to open, green space.

“It will also be a showcase of sustainable development, with a range of world-class green building technologies for water and energy efficiency. Residents will also be able to play their part In even the smallest of ways, with a neighbourhood veggie garden featuring.”

Wide open space

The masterplanned community’s integration of public green spaces, resident amenities and quality of design sets it apart from other projects in the city, Matusik says.

“Brickworks Park’s onsite and private open space provision is close to 20 times more than other medium density projects approved in Brisbane over the past five years,” he says.

“No other new housing project in Brisbane provides residents with as much private and useable open space as Brickworks Park does.”

Brickworks Park will include a resort-style pool, entertaining and dining pavilion, residents’ gym and its own art studio and workshop.

Brickworks Park will feature a residents’ veggie garden, relaxation and yoga lawns, a dog park and dog wash and more than 15,000 new trees and plants, with design by acclaimed landscape architectural firm 360 Degrees Landscape.

Construction is set to commence in early 2021.

“In the years to come, Brickworks Park will be a much sought-after address in Brisbane,” says Matusik.

“It is one of the better new masterplanned infill developments that we have reviewed in Brisbane since I started my business over 20 years ago.

“A masterplanned infill housing project in Brisbane is rare — Brickworks Park is one of a kind.”

All pictures are courtesy of CDL Australia. 

Brickworks Park

Brickworks Park is a once-in-a-lifetime transformation, weaving together beautiful residential living, contemporary architectural design and inspirational leisure zones to create a wholly unique parkland neighbourhood located just 5km from the CBD. A place where you can set down roots, form friendships with neighbours, stay active and healthy, and keep the kids (and fur kids!) entertained.