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Maroochydore CBD Update: Designs for 9-storey council hall unveiled


UPDATE: Designs for Council's 9-storey building unveiled

The beauty of the Sunshine Coast, our deep connection to the hinterland, our mountain ranges and our coastal plains have been the inspiration behind the proposed Sunshine Coast City Hall design concept which was unveiled by Mayor Mark Jamieson.

Mayor Jamieson said the administrative centre, to be located in the new Maroochydore city centre, would be a landmark building, one which invoked pride in our community and our city and represented our region’s natural assets.

“Our City Hall will represent our people, our culture, our natural elements and our success as one of the fastest growing and most progressive regions in Australia and reflect our healthy, smart, creative vision,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“So our Council has been keen to see its design reflect this beautiful region we are fortunate enough to call home.

Mayor Jamieson said a key aspect of the architectural brief was to design a building which would allow residents and visitors to observe governance in action – including a view into the council chambers.


“Architects Cottee Parker have used the magnificent mountain formations located across our region along with the diversity of landscape and our climate as the foundations of the proposed building design.

“The building will be a signature civic building in the Maroochydore city centre, encouraging residents and visitors to visit and enjoy all it has to offer.“It will also be a major catalyst for the development of the city centre’s commercial core and will play a significant role in activating the area.”

“Our new City Hall will be bound by a network of laneways which offer dining and other retail opportunities as well as landscaped avenues linking the major boulevard of First Avenue through to the already developed Urban Square,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This will all help make our new city centre a vibrant space.


The initial building guidelines endorsed by council for the City Hall are:

  • Approximately 9,400m² Gross Floor Area of building
  • 10 levels and rooftop
  • Approximately 156 car parking spaces
  • 5 star National Australian Built Environment Rating System rating target
  • 5 star Green Star rating target
  • Regional A grade commercial building
  • Complementary commercial/retail uses

“Achieving highly sustainable outcomes is a key element of the proposed design concept and our brief to the architects was to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating considered by the Green Building Council as ‘Australian Best Practice’.

“Council wants this to be an energy and water efficient building to reflect our vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region.

“Shading elements would protect the building from direct sun, reducing overall running costs while enhancing the textural nature of the façade.

“We also aim to deliver a healthy workplace, one where there is a focus on fresh air and flexible indoor and external workspaces.”

The current development timeline is:

  • May 2019 – Concept design endorsement by council
  • June 2019 – Development application submitted to EDQ
  • July 2019 – Detailed design commence
  • September 2019 – EDQ approval
  • October to December 2019 – Construction tender process
  • Mid 2020 – Construction to commence
  • July 2022 – Council to occupy City Hall

Cottee Parker Director Martin Timms said the proposed design would deliver a building unlike any others on the Sunshine Coast.

“We believe we have achieved a balance between economic, social and environmental considerations to deliver a sustainable building, using emerging innovations, technology, trends and applications,” Mr Timms said

“Landscaping is also a key feature of the building reflecting the region’s native flora and geology.

“Natural hues give the building an enduring and grounded appearance, with landscaping rising up the building, from ground level, through the urban plaza, the façade treatments, balconies and rooftop.

“Plant covered arbours from the street level will reach towards the building offering footpath dining under dappled light, reflecting the flora found at the base of mountains.

“Finally, the ground floor design and level one council chambers are intended to integrate with the community. These areas will include public art and tell the Sunshine Coast’s cultural heritage story.”

Council CEO Michael Whittaker said Sunshine Coast City Hall would be centrally located within the first stage of the core commercial precinct of the new city centre, comprising one full block.

“It will be home to about 600 council employees and is part of a region-wide workplace strategy to service the community by providing the right people, delivering the right services at the right location,” Mr Whittaker said.

“In addition to delivering an administration function, City Hall will also provide broader community activation opportunities through commercial spaces.”

Construction is expected to start in mid-2020, subject to approvals, and be occupied by 1 July 2022.

Council is in discussions with Economic Development Queensland now on the proposed design, and aspects may change as it works its way through the approval process.

UPDATE: Expression of Interest Campaign launched for next stages of Maroochydore CBD

The vision for the Sunshine Coast's new central business district has continued to take shape with an expression of interest campaign launched for the forthcoming development stages.
SunCentral Maroochydore, the company charged with designing and delivering the new Maroochydore CBD, has launched an Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) campaign for more than 15 hectares of pre-approved developable land in the master planned city centre.
The campaign is calling for EOI for The Balance Land development, Precinct 3 which will include a mix of retail, commercial, mixed use and residential opportunities, and a Pop-Up Café to launch the Creative Precinct.
With SunCentral completing civil works in the core commercial precinct of the site (Stage 1A) and construction of the CBD’s first buildings expected to start mid-year, SunCentral Maroochydore CEO John Knaggs said the EOI process for the extensive next stages of the project called for experienced urban development and capital funding partners to help develop key precincts. 



“This is a unique opportunity for experienced developers and institutional capital groups to enter into a long-term partnership with SunCentral Maroochydore and set a new benchmark for city centre design and development in one of the fastest growing regions in the country,” Knaggs said.

The EOI campaign is offering the opportunity to build 67,500sq m of commercial space as well as 25,900sq m of retail floorspace and 1,390 residential apartments across a number of precincts in the new city centre.
The site also includes $10 million in underground digital waste and lighting facilities.
“Some of this development opportunity is located in the core commercial precinct while the majority is in the area south of the Corso waterway, adjacent the future rail station and transit plaza and in mixed-use apartment precincts alongside planned waterways and parkland,” he said. 
The CBD will also feature a 250-room hotel, 100 residential apartments, 40,500sq m of retail as well as commercial and entertainment space.
Mr Knaggs said the first stage of the project, which included an earlier EOI for Lots within the core commercial precinct, had attracted a range of local, national and international interests, and a number of submissions were being negotiated to commercial close over the next year.
For the next stages, larger scale precincts are on offer. 

“Offering individual parcels has worked well for the first stage of the commercial precinct,” Knaggs said.
“However, in response to market feedback these next stages, involving both commercial and mixed-use areas, offer larger precinct-wide approaches.”
“We are able to provide a wider platform for capital groups and developers to operate longer term – and I’m sure this approach will help facilitate the development of key parts of the city centre.”
“We are looking for the best city-makers to partner with us on this landmark project and look forward to bringing innovative development outcomes and high-quality urban design to life on the Sunshine Coast.” 

Maroochydore CBD Artist's Impressions
Mr Knaggs said the Sunshine Coast had attracted billions of dollars in public and private investment in recent years, making the regional economy one of the strongest in the state. 
“Some of this investment includes the new international sub-sea broadband cable that will deliver unprecedented global data connectivity in 2020, the Sunshine Coast International Airport expansion that will double passenger capacity into Maroochydore and plans for the new passenger rail / light rail network - all of which will transform connectivity for business and community,” he said. 
The Sunshine Coast Council has estimated up to 2 million more passengers would be flying into the region by 2040 once the region's expanded airport was operational by 2020.

Apart from the new international broadband cable that will connect to a landing station located alongside the new CBD, more than $10 million in underground telecommunications and services capacity has been installed beneath the city centre’s new streets.
This provides a smart city framework for the new CBD, including digital signage, lighting and other ‘smart’ technologies as well as the country’s first CBD-wide underground automated waste collection system, which will transport waste from businesses and apartments through a series of underground pipes to a central collection station
With the arrival of several new infrastructure on the Coast, analysts project the Sunshine Coast’s population to grow from 346,522 to 500,000 by 2036, driving the State Government to declare the new Maroochydore CBD as a Priority Development Area (PDA).
This status allows for streamlined planning, approval and development processes. 
The city centre’s first buildings include an eight-storey commercial property by local developer Evans Long and a two-tower 152-unit residential complex by Brisbane’s Habitat Development Group.
This is in addition to a nine-storey Sunshine Coast Regional Council headquarters building. 
“The roads, footpaths, kerbing, landscaping and smart-city infrastructure has already been completed for the first stage of the project, including a large public park and other important public realm,” Mr Knaggs said. 
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with prospective new partners to develop the bulk of this landmark project.” 
Expression of interest submissions on the next 15 hectares of the site open on 16 May 2019 and can be lodged until 30 August, see

3 May 2017: Maroochydore CBD boosts regional jobs and economy

A 53 hectare greenfield site in the heart of Maroochydore, the capital of the Sunshine Coast, is being transformed into a city centre for the 21st century, offering unparalleled investment and development opportunities in Queensland’s thriving south-east corner. Declared a priority Development Area by the Queensland Government, the Maroochydore City centre is expected to service a wider catchment of over two million people by 2030.

More than 150 jobs are expected to be created with civil works commencing in the first stage of the new Maroochydore city centre. New roads, footpaths, cycleways, lighting, parks and landscaping will take shape in the civil construction works that will cost $25 million and take around 12 months to complete.

The works will include the installation of underground services and smart city infrastructure that will position the CBD amongst the most technologically advanced in Australia.

SunCentral is the company overseeing design and delivery of the new city centre. “The foundations of this new CBD will be unlike those of any other Australian city centre,” SunCentral CEO John Knaggs said. “We will have three separate conduits for NBN Co, Telstra and the new CBD’s dedicated Smart City fibre optic network, as well as the first CBD-wide underground Automated Waste Collection System (AWCS) in Australia. Around 1.7km of AWCS pipes will be laid beneath stage one of the CBD.” The pipes will allow waste to be transported underground at speeds of up to 70kmh to a central transfer station, making footpath garbage collections obsolete in the new city centre.

Mr Knaggs said eight new streets are included in stage one of the CBD, creating lots for commercial, retail and mixed use development, with a central block to be transformed into a public park. He said this first phase of civil works would be a boost for local jobs and the economy. 

“It’s great to see the project moving to the next stage and it’s more good news for the local economy,” Mr Knaggs said. “The cost of works to be completed in this first stage is approximately $25 million and it is estimated that at least 150 jobs will be generated in the construction and professional services sectors. “Over the longer term, the new CBD is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs and provide a $4.4 billion boost for the Sunshine Coast economy.”

The civil works construction will continue into early 2018 and will be completed by a range of contractors including Sunshine Coast-based firm Shadforths Civil Contractors; ENVAC for the AWCS pipe network and several sub-contractors.

Smart technology is being embedded throughout the Maroochydore City site with city-wide smart signage, Wi-fi, real time transport information, movement sensors, smart lighting in public places and access to a high speed, fibre optic digital network providing internet speeds equivalent to australia’s fastest.

The new Maroochydore City centre will create an energetic commercial and city lifestyle with night life, event venues, al fresco dining, boulevard shopping, urban recreation, community facilities and water’s edge experiences. 

The climate and existing natural assets of the Sunshine Coast have informed the city centre design, with 40 percent of the site to be waterways and parks.

Maroochydore City centre will be serviced by frequent and reliable public transport, with a transit plaza in the CBD catering for all modes of commuting and providing direct access to business, retail, dining and residential precincts.

This unparalleled development represents a region coming of age, attracting a new wave of residents, businesses and skilled workers who enjoy having first class facilities on their doorstep.


Maroochydore CBD Fast Facts



• SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd was established by the Sunshine Coast Council in March 2015.
• The 53-hectare site was declared a Priority Development Area by the State Government in July 2013, planned for development over 20 years.
• The Council established SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd to oversee development of the site.
• The new city centre is needed to meet the demands of Australia’s fastest growing region.
• It is located 10 minutes from Sunshine Coast Airport.


Economic and employment benefits

• Creating 15,000 jobs by 2025 and more than 30,000 jobs by 2040.
• Expected to value add more than $350 million to the state’s economy in the next five years.
• Will provide an estimated $4.4 billion boost to the Sunshine Coast economy over the life of the project.
• Project expected to provide an estimated $5.9 billion boost to the Queensland economy.


Urban design

• Prime commercial office space, exclusive retail, exhibition, convention and entertainment facilities, a premium hotel and recreational spaces.
• Approximately 40 per cent of the site will be parks, plazas and waterways.
• A rail corridor into Maroochydore is already designated by the State Government.
• Potential for light rail to connect Caloundra, Kawana and Mooloolaba with Maroochydore’s new CBD.
• 150,000m2 commercial gross floor area, 65,000m2 retail gross floor area and 2000 residential apartments.


Technology and environmental sustainability

• High speed fibre optic digital connections.
• A range of ‘smart city’ innovations such as smart lighting and signage and technology that assists parking, traffic management and provides real time information for public transport.
• Australia’s first CBD-wide automated underground waste collection system.
• Environmentally sustainable building design.


Investment Opportunities:

• 150,000m2 commercial Gross floor area
• 65,000m2 retail Gross floor area
• 2,000 residential apartments.


Lots in Stage 1 will be released to the market in 2016 offering:

• 36,000m2 Gross floor area for commercial uses
• 22,000m2 Gross floor area for retail uses
• 450 residential apartments



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SunCentral Maroochydore Pty Ltd
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