Land that formerly housed a Myer department store in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo will soon welcome a mixed-use development.
Designed by Conrad Gargett, the $252-million project – named Coorparoo Square – will feature three mixed-use residential towers. Coorparoo Square will add 366 apartments and 6,700 square metres of new retail space to the area. The development could add as many as 1,000 residents to the local population.
The building that Coorparoo Square will replace has a history dating back almost 60 years. In 1960, the Myer centre was opened and contained 60 speciality departments. It then operated as a Myer Megamart, before it was taken over by Harvey Norman for a short period of time.
Although the old building was demolished in 2015 by developers Frasers Property Australia and Honeycombes Property Group, the Coorparoo Square design won’t forget its past. The original neon Myer sign will be restored and placed in a similar position.
The new apartments will provide ‘typical’ bedroom configurations, but the design has been planned to maximise natural light from full-height, glazed windows. Balconies will offer alternative living and dining areas, and assist in creating flexible and liveable spaces. Green Switch technology and photovoltaic solar panels will be incorporated as sustainability initiatives within the project.
The project’s design will also integrate a number of communal facilities. A private recreational space for residents will be built on podium level. Inside, residents will have access to a 25-metre lap pool, an additional recreational pool, tennis court, gymnasium, and dining room.
Anchored by a 10-theatre Dendy Cinema and an ALDI supermarket, the layout of Coorparoo Square’s retail arcade will provide tenancies with frontage to both Old Cleveland Road and Cavendish Road respectively. Some tenancies will also front the arcade.
The development, located 4.5 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, will benefit from several transport initiatives, such as buses that arrive directly to the building’s door. A train station is also located less than a kilometre away. Additionally, podium-level car park and 100 spaces for bicycles will be available.
Coorparoo Square is due for completion in September.