• Brisbane's new sky-high plans

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    Brisbane's skyline could soon be changing, as the Queensland government looks to approve a radical new direction for the CBD. The Draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan outlines the possibility of scrapping mandatory height restrictions in certain areas, which is exciting news for those planning tower blocks in Brisbane's busiest sectors.

    Brisbane City Council recently submitted the plans to the state government, which brings the scheme one step closer to fruition. Created under the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014, the draft reform is aligned to meet growing residential and commercial needs in the burgeoning Queensland capital.

    Overall, the Master Plan sets out various strategies for five key precincts in the CBD, as outlined in the official council video below:

    The draft strategy focuses on the distinctive architecture category, driving public space investments in the business district and inspiring more innovative use of CBD land.

    According to the Brisbane City Council, there are three key objectives for the area that have been threaded through the neighbourhood plan, which include:

    • Accommodating population and economic growth
    • Responding to a changing climate and urban sprawl
    • Improving the city from the 'ground plane'

    The Council expects the five selected areas of the Brisbane CBD to be home to around 50 new skyscrapers over the next 20 years. Speaking to The Brisbane Times, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he believes this period of transformation will drive top-class architecture in the city, regardless of the number of actual projects on the go.

    Could Brisbane's skyline be about to change?Could Brisbane's skyline be about to change?

    Reaching for the sky - to a point

    Despite the proposed removal of mandatory height limits, skyscrapers in Brisbane are unlikely to climb to extreme heights. Any new buildings in the area will still need to comply with local aviation regulations.

    In Queensland, this law states that buildings in Brisbane cannot exceed 274 metres. However, what could change is where these towers are located as, under the Draft City Centre Neighbourhood Plan, taller buildings could be built anywhere - aside from the Quay Street or Howard Smith Wharves precincts.

    While the plan is still in its draft stages, the exciting prospect of higher skyscrapers could soon drive demand for more comprehensive engineering planning and strategies. Getting a building above a certain height is challenging, but with the right plans almost anything is possible.

  • Mexican stand off at UDIA Golf Day!

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    140 industry players take aim on Gold Coast icons ....

    Despite the uncertain weather 140 enthusiastic  urban development industry players got together at Palm Meadows Golf Course to battle it out over 18 holes at the annual UDIA Gold Coast/Logan Corporate Golf Day. 

    Burchills Engineering Solutions were proud to sponsor hole number 1 complete with a Mexican themed marquee. Burchills team members, Nicky and Jenny hosted players with a Mexican stand-off game which targeted some of our key projects. With a 40 year local history providing civil and structural consulting engineering for iconic Gold Coast projects, there were plenty of targets to aim for.

    Congratulations to our fast drawing amigo, Brian Henningsen from Australand who took out our hole prize of a 3 course dinner for 2 at the Palazzo Versace. 

    Thank you to everyone who participated we look forward to seeing you again at the next year’s event!


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