Retail and Commercial Tower on Lang Pde in Auchenflower Receives Preliminary Approval

MCU Preliminary Approval Granted: 10-12 Storey Tower on Lang Pde in Auchenflower

Plans for a new 10- to 12-storey tower on Lang Pde in Auchenflower have been given preliminary approval.

The developer is proposing to establish a tower of up to 12 storeys that will offer a mix of health, retail and commercial uses to support the nearby Wesley Hospital health precinct.

The development is to be located at 81-83 Lang Parade in Auchenflower with a total area of 1,098 sqm. No architectural visualizations of the proposed development are available yet.

Two pre-1911 houses currently occupy the site which the developer proposes to be relocated to 108 Monmouth Street and 74 Thynne Road in Morningside.

The building will comprise two levels of basement car parking, six levels of commercial office and two levels of short-term accommodation or residential care facility.

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In its Economic Impact Assessment report, Urban Economics stated that the “inclusion of the subject site within the mixed-use zone will contribute to the role of the Wesley Hospital as a health precinct for the Capital City REC and the actualisation of a true centre for the Auchenflower resident, worker, health professional and patient communities.”

Furthermore, the proposed development would “consolidate the Wesley Hospital and health precinct on the southern side of the rail corridor, providing enhanced accessibility and colocation synergies for staff and patients of the Wesley and medical businesses of the precinct.”

A development application lodged by LPMD QLD Pty Ltd seeking Material Change of Use preliminary approval was approved by the council last 3 April 2023. Being preliminary in nature, the approved application may still change subject to further investigations into the suitable mixture of uses within the proposed building.

In its decision, Council stated, among other things, that the proposal is consistent with the location-specific provisions in the relevant neighbourhood plan, provides a range of knowledge and medical-based employment opportunities and capitalises on its strong economic ties to Milton and St Lucia, and it includes a mixture of health, residential, retail and commercial uses.

Urban Economics said that between 2021 and 2041, the healthcare and social assistance sector is projected to generate demand for up to 18,000 sqm of medical services floorspace within Auchenflower. 

Also, more than 10,000 sqm of additional medical/consulting space and 8,000 sqm of commercial space would be required to accommodate the projected employment growth.

81 Lang Pde, Auchenflower

Published 5-April-2023