What is the new design change affecting Brisbane developments?

Brisbane rooftops are about to get a green boost, as developers are encouraged to include rooftop gardens and communal spaces in new apartment buildings, as part of new city planning changes.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the changes formalise Council’s support for rooftop gardens and green spaces in new residential developments.

Currently, any roofed structure on an apartment building rooftop is defined as a storey. Having an additional storey has the potential to be financially unviable. The proposed changes to Brisbane’s City Plan will allow new developments to include a rooftop communal area, without listing it as an additional storey – and therefore provide a strong incentive to include it in the design.

“Council will also have the ability to ask developers to incorporate and maintain green spaces on the rooftops and walls of new apartment buildings, to support our vision of a clean, green and sustainable city,” Cr. Quirk said.

Designer rooftops

Gone are the days where apartment buildings were built with either no resident amenity or just a pool and a small gym.

The trend of increased facilities is here to stay through unwavering demand from residents for more luxurious, social and useful spaces that form an extension of residents’ own apartments.

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Communal rooftop space in Aria’s The Melbourne Residences, South Brisbane

Leading developers are continually raising the bar with stunning rooftop pools, garden breakout spaces, barbecue areas, private dining rooms and cinemas for residents.

Brisbane City Council says the proposed changes to the Brisbane City Plan will now make it easier for developments to include shared rooftop spaces as part of their design.

Award-winning developer Aria Property Group agrees and has welcomed the new changes.

“The new planning changes will make it easier for developers to deliver higher quality and more comfortable and useable spaces,” Aria Property Group Design Manager Simon White told Urban Developer.

“We think the roofscape of high density buildings is a huge opportunity to deliver world-class amenity for residents.”

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