Concerns Raised Over Possible Tree Removals to Make Way for New Turbot St Office Tower

Residents and heritage supporters have raised concerns over plans for a new office tower development on Turbot St which may impact as many as 25 trees along two of Brisbane’s oldest parks.

The tower is a $670-million project that secured approval for DA  A005799854 in March 2022, allowing the developer, Mirvac, to build a world-class workplace precinct that will transform the former site of the University of Queensland dental school.

The heritage-listed site was recently used as a famous TV set for the crime drama “Harrow.” 

The Spring Hill Community Group said that the developer lodged another application, DA A006046802, for a minor change of use on the Turbot St development in June 2022, citing a possible filling and excavation that could impact 25 trees on Wickham Park and King Edward Park which are within the development parameters.

Turbot St Office Tower
Photo Credit: DA A005799854

Concerns have also been raised that the planned work might also affect a heritage stone wall if a path through the parks is permitted. 

Council has asked the developer to submit a Vegetation Management Plan in early September to clarify its intention for the path, which will be for car park access.

Turbot St Mirvac Tower
Photo Credit: DA A005799854

The Turbot St office tower will integrate the old dental school building into 66,000 square metres of office space. The site includes a 6.000-square metre open space, 169 car parks, and 745 bicycle parking bays. 

Photo Credit: DA A005799854

“We expect a building of this quality, in this unique CBD location, together with the opportunity for large floor plates, to attract a high calibre of tenants,” Brett Draffen, Mirvac’s Chief Investment Officer, said.

Photo Credit: DA A005799854

“The building will also benefit from significant government investment in local infrastructure including Cross River Rail, Brisbane Metro and Brisbane Live.”