Latest progress and the future of the city’s height restrictions
Construction continues to edge the 300 George Street project skywards, with the third and largest tower within the Brisbane Quarter precinct, ‘The One’, scheduled for 2021 completion. This prominent tower will reach a finished height of 273 metres, making it the 2nd tallest tower in Brisbane.
Seeing the progress on this iconic site prompted us to research the tallest buildings in the Brisbane CBD, with consideration of the height limits that are imposed on developments in the city.
Due to the flight path of the Brisbane Airport, the CBD has a building height limit of 274.3 metres (or 900 feet). Currently, aircraft cannot fly lower than 580 metres (1900 feet) across the CBD, allowing a minimum clearance of 1000 feet.
Former Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has said the council is engaged in an “ongoing debate” over height restrictions, calling on aviation authorities to relax the 274 metre constraint. “It’s more about looking at the 20-year horizon, about where the city goes into the future and that’s a debate that will be ongoing” he said.
The former Mayor has suggested there is a hunger for even higher towers above the current limits and encouraged a conversation at the very least with aviation authorities to review where there may be pockets of the CBD that could extend higher than a 300 metres – just nine metres short of the tip of Sydney Tower.
A look at the tallest towers in Brisbane today:
- Brisbane Sky Tower – 274 metres
- 300 George Street [Tower 3 under construction] – 273m
- 1 William Street – 260 metres
- Infinity Tower – 249 metres
- Soleil – 243 metres
- Aurora – 207 metres
Other towers have development applications in for 274 metres in height include 155 Edward Street, 240 Margaret Street and 30 Albert Street.
*Bennett + Bennett are currently providing all construction set out on the development of 300 George Street for Multiplex Australia.