Heritage Brisbane redevelopment approved

Developers Forza Capital’s plans for two 26-storey apartment towers in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley received unanimous approval by the council’s Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee March 3.

The $75 million development at 365 St Pauls Terrace is on the site of the council heritage-listed A & GF McDonald’s Patisserie building, once the home of a local bakery. While most of the heritage building will remain intact, including a large baking oven, one of the walls would be demolished.

Affectionately known as ”the Cakeshop”, the bakery was purpose built in the late 1930s by prominent Brisbane patissiers A and C.F McDonald, whose name remains on the exterior.

Forza Capital intends to build two towers comprising 260 apartments, with the second 26-storey high-rise facing Alfred Street.

Included in the design are roof-top gardens, featuring oscillating solar shelters, exercise circuits, a lounge, picnic and stage area on the Alfred Street tower and plunge pools on the St Pauls Terrace tower.

While the buildings are the same height, the sloped block means one will be higher than the other.

The original cylindrical brick oven has been preserved and converted into a unique meeting space.

A glass floor reveals the full extent of the oven, with the fire brick walls and floor still in intact.

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