After years of uncertainty, Sunland has abandoned its controversial “champagne flute” skyscrapers, confirming it will no longer pursue the 555-apartment scheme for the former ABC site in Toowong.
The ASX-listed developer said it will respect the Court of Appeal decision handed down earlier this year, which held firm on the strict height limitations outlined in the Brisbane City Council planning scheme.
An earlier Planning and Environment Court judgment had approved the project on the basis that the towers non-compliance with the town plan was offset by public amenity around the base of the towers.
The case returned to the Planning and Environment Court in late September, which upheld the appeal against the scheme.
Sunland managing director Sahba Abedian said the group respects the decision of the court.
“When we lodged our development application in 2014, our vision was to introduce world-class architecture and community parklands to the inner-city riverfront site, which has been closed to the public for more than 160 years,” Abedian said.
The controversial towers, by late “starchitect” Zaha Hadid, were criticised for lacking sensitivity to the geography and context of the site.
Topping out at 27-storeys, the development exceeded the city plan by 12-storeys. The development has been removed from Sunland’s website.
Abedian said that the developer is now “directing every effort” to conceive a new scheme for the site.
“[A] new architectural outcome that celebrates the unique riverfront site and contributes to Brisbane’s coming of age as a true international city.”
Sunland said that the scheme is in the “early concept stage” but declined to comment on its composition or the appointment of an architect.