New icon for Brisbane

A new $650 million international-standard luxury mixed-use development  Icon  is set to reshape the Northshore Hamilton precinct in Brisbane’s inner north.

Australian private property trust Wentworth Equities has been granted approval by Economic Development Queensland to develop Icon on a 7637m² site at Hamilton. The design concept was selected after a national design competition. The winning concept, by Australasian design firm, Custance, features four distinctive towers and a connective sky-bridge, anchored by a world-class public area that establishes a new gateway and better connectivity to the Brisbane River.

The project features 567 residential apartments; an international-standard five-star 227-room hotel with premium conference, function and recreational facilities; high quality retail and restaurant precinct; childcare facilities and open-air public realm and community civic plaza, Hamilton Place.

Wentworth Equities executive chairman Sameh Ibrahim said, “As part of Northshore Hamilton, the gateway to Brisbane CBD, Icon will be the jewel in the crown of Australia’s largest waterfront urban renewal project and Brisbane’s premier riverfront precinct, representing a unique lifestyle opportunity for astute buyers looking for style and sophistication.”

The five-star hotel and conference facilities will further boost Brisbane’s tourism and event credentials – located just 7km from Brisbane Airport and 100m from where more than 350,000 people are expected to dock this year at the Brisbane Cruise Ship Terminal.

Custance design director Craig Shelsher said Icon’s design was based on four key principles – water, people, place and connectivity. “Icon’s proximity to the Brisbane River and wharf district are central to its design, shaping the towers’ fluid forms and shimmering façade,” Mr Shelsher said. “Our objective was to create a place that enabled people to thrive and the architecture to embrace the river.”

Development manager Property Development Systems Australia led and coordinated Icon’s planning submission, with a team including Urbis, Custance, EM Griffiths, ttm, Bornhorst + Ward, Certis and Bennett + Bennett.

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