Long-Delayed Lambert Street Development Project Back on Track

New details are set to be released on plans for a coveted development site on Lambert Street in Kangaroo Point, where approval already exists for 200 luxury apartments across three towers.

Read: Pikos Group Hits Construction Milestone at Skye Residences in Kangaroo Point

Developer Pikos Group had faced opposition from community groups when plans were originally submitted, but won an appeal in the Planning & Environment Court in May 2021 allowing the project to proceed. 

Construction on the triple tower project, located at 108 Lambert Street in Kangaroo Point, was originally expected to begin this year.

Photo credit: Conrad Gargett

Designed by architecture firm Conrad Gargett, the development dubbed ‘La Storia’ will feature a mix of two and three bedroom residences ranging in size from 135 sqm to 151 sqm. Each apartment will have custom stone island benches and integrated premium appliances and fixtures.

Photo credit: Conrad Gargett

The site was previously home to a row of worker cottages, which have since been relocated and restored in nearby Kelvin Grove as part of the development plans.

A spokesperson for Pikos Group said they will remain committed to developing the iconic site and that they will be working closely with their consultants and builder partners to deliver this landmark project for Kangaroo Point.

Kangaroo Point has seen several major development projects in recent years, sparking fears of overdevelopment in some circles. But the City of Brisbane has defended the need for increased housing density in appropriate locations.

Photo credit: Conrad Gargett

The La Storia site is considered a prime spot given its proximity to the CBD and public transport, one of the reasons why developers continue to flock to the area despite some lingering community opposition.

Read: GCB Constructions Crisis Forces Abandonment of Kangaroo Point Luxury Development, Other Projects

Pikos Group has not indicated when construction will commence following previous delays. But their recommitment to the project will be welcome news to those eager to see the vacant lot turned into a new landmark development for Kangaroo Point. Units are priced between $1.1 million and $1.6 million.

Published 8-September-2023

Lambert Street Development Appeal Worries Residents Over Council Backflip

Residents in Kangaroo Point are worried that Brisbane City Council could backflip on a rejected development application for a high-rise on Lambert Street, now on appeal at the Planning & Environment Court.

The group Say No to 108 Lambert St believes that despite Council’s commitment to fighting the appeal, there are concerns that it might enter into secret talks with the developer, Pikos Group. 

There is a precedent for their concern as the Council entered into a resolution process with the development of TriCare’s retirement facility in Taringa. Say No to 108 Lambert St said that this process was not conducted in a court hearing thus there are no public records of the resolution. As a result, the Taringa facility’s development will adapt minor amendments only, despite a number of opposition from the residents. 

Photo Credit: Say No to 108 Lambert St/Facebook

Residents also question the relationship of some Council members to Pedro Pikos, the head of Pikos Group, who was part of the Community Planning Team and served as the advisor for the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan. 

A spokesperson for the Council, however, said that the planning team consisted of “local residents, workers, property owners, business owners and students” who are familiar with the area and could best provide inputs during the mapping out of the neighbourhood plan in meetings between 2016 to 2017.

Meanwhile, new evidence has emerged that one of the three buildings in the planned 108 Lambert Street development is beyond the height limit. Independent surveyors assessed that the 15-storey building’s height could actually be for a 16-storey building. This suggested that Council could has stronger grounds to win the appeal at the Planning & Environment Court. 

Check the Lambert Street development application at Developmenti Brisbane DA A005542190