$750M Redevelopment of Buranda Village Meets Delays, Leaving Traders Anxious

Two years after approval of a $750 million redevelopment of the ageing Buranda Village shopping precinct, shop owners say they are still in the dark about when or if the major project will proceed.

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The ambitious plan, submitted by site owners Vicinity Centres, called for transforming the 1970s-era centre in Woolloongabba into a modern urban village with over 620 new apartments, up to 50,000 square metres of office space, retail spaces, subtropical landscaping and community spaces.

The proposed redevelopment calls for the complete demolition of the current Buranda Village shopping centre to make way for an entirely new mixed-use precinct billed as “world-class.” It would include residences, workplaces, and shopping/dining areas all in one space.

Artist’s impression of Buranda Village redevelopment (Photo credit: vicinity.com.au)

The master plan is divided into three phases. Phase one would involve constructing four 15-storey residential buildings designated for renters within a lifestyle-oriented precinct. Phases two and three focus on commercial development – two 15-storey office buildings and one 10-storey building comprising a working precinct.

Photo credit: vicinity.com.au

Construction was originally slated to begin in early 2024 according to Vicinity. But with that target now slipping away, traders who have operated at the centre for decades say communication from the developers has been scant.

Photo credit: vicinity.com.au

The traders at Buranda Village report being informed that the redevelopment project has been postponed indefinitely, with no new timeline provided. Whilst the site’s owners, Vicinity Centres, acknowledge they cannot confirm specifics at this point, they claim to be making progress toward finalising the redevelopment plans.

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The shopping centre first opened its doors in 1978. It was purchased by Vicinity Centres in 2000, and underwent its most recent renovation and expansion in 2005.

Published 14-May-2024

Buranda Village Redevelopment in Woolloongabba Includes Massive Residential Project

The existing Buranda Village shopping centre in Woolloongabba may soon be transformed into a contemporary, mixed-use precinct that includes four residential towers.

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Vicinity Centres, the owner of the 1970s-designed shopping centre, is seeking to build four build-to-rent, multiple-dwelling towers with a maximum height of 15 storeys. 

buranda shopping centre
Photo credit: BCC PD Online

This will include a total of 627 dwellings of one, two, and three-bedroom units. It will also feature retail, dining, and entertainment activities at ground level.

The main feature of the proposed development is the provision of a subtropical public plaza at ground level. This plaza will have a total of 8,283-sqm of landscaped publicly accessible outdoor open space.

Outdoor and semi-outdoor landscaped spaces (Photo credit: BCC PD Online)

If approved, the new Buranda Village, located at 264 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba will consist of centre activities including a 3,400-sqm supermarket, cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. 

“The proposed development will transform the site into a contemporary mixed-use precinct with a world-class design that is uniquely ‘Brisburban’ and based on best practice subtropical design principles,” Urbis stated in a report.

Existing and proposed Buranda Village (Photo credit: BCC PD Online)

In addition to the residential dwellings, the applicant is also seeking to build three commercial towers to be used for centre activities, hotels and bars. The buildings will hold up to 50,000 sqm of commercial office space.

Meanwhile, the proposed development involves a total of 1,265 car parking spaces, 25 motorbike parking spaces and 710 bicycle spaces.

Based on the planning documents, the applicant has proposed to provide a sufficient number of on site car parking spaces ‘to meet the anticipated car parking demand associated with the proposed development.’

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The existing heritage listed ventilation shaft, which was put up in 1913 by the South Brisbane Town Council as a component of its Ipswich Road stormwater catchment system, will be retained in its current location. 

However, works will be undertaken around the existing heritage shaft to make it a feature of the proposed pedestrian entry into the precinct from the corner of Cornwall Street and Ipswich Road.

ventilation shaft
Render of proposed outcome surrounding heritage listed ventilation shaft (Photo credit: BCC PD Online)

The centre, which first opened in 1978, was acquired by Vicinity Centres in 2000 and last redeveloped in 2005. 

For more information on Buranda Village’s redevelopment, see A005910673