Architecture and Renovation, Highgate Hill

Highgate Apartments to change Highgate Hill skyline

The development of The Highgate, a $70-million luxurious residential project has been approved with development expected to commence in February 2015, according to media reports this week.

The Cottee Parker-designed tower will feature 42 skyline view apartments, located next to Brisbane’s first residential high-rise, and now a heritage listed building, Torbreck. The piece of land to be developed has been in the one family since the 1920s. They also happened to own the site next door prior to it becoming home to Torbreck.

Brisbane Developers Pointcorp are aspiring to set the project apart from other residential blocks in terms of their use of space and design; the tower will only take up 980m2 of it’s 4,900m2 site, as a “building in a garden”. With an award-winning team recruited to ensure the fit-out complements the advantaged location, apartments are said to be starting at $1.5 million. Blainey North (James Packer’s preferred decorator) are designing the living areas, with Australian Celebrity chef Neil Perry to design the kitchens incorporating his new Omega appliance range and architect Steve Dunn who will transform the landscape, with the garden comprising of an upper garden canopy and lower garden pool area.

There’s been only minimal development in Highgate Hill over recent years, while neighbouring South Brisbane and West End are one of inner-Brisbane’s busiest markets for new apartments. With its ridge-top location “The Highgate” will certainly make its mark on the area, so is it a good thing for the suburb? We’d love to hear your opinions.

"The Highgate": a landmark development for Highgate Hill. Pic courtesy Brisbane Times