As part of their $800 million West Village precinct, Japanese-developer Sekisui House has set out to satiate Brisbane's growing affection for Melbourne-like city laneways by creating four new public laneways.
Sekisui House will construct the new, landscaped walking and cycling spaces across their 2.6 hectare site in West End. The development is set over three stages, with the whole project expected to be completed by 2023.
West Village project director Andrew Thompson said the integrated residential community was located within walking distance of the CBD and had a strong commitment to non-vehicle movement and transport.
“West Village already hosts a GoGet car sharing service on site and will eventually house 1,600 bicycle spaces and end-of trip facilities for residents and visitors,” Thompson said.
“We are particularly proud of our new green laneways – leafy, activated public spaces for West End locals and visitors that will provide a wide range of experiences, including dining and entertainment and fresh food shopping.
Artist's impression of Peters Lane, West Village“As locals, we know how popular nearby Fish Lane has become as Brisbane rediscovers its lost relationship with laneways, but our green laneways will be significantly different to the usual concrete and bitumen.
“While we will reflect the popular laneways of Melbourne in terms of scale and activation, our four laneways will be generously landscaped and provide a fresh, sub-tropical feel that respects the Brisbane weather and will be a first for the city.”
Thompson said, as part of its commitment to deliver “new Brisbane living”, West Village will create four new lanes of more than 250m in total length – Mollison Lane, Peters Lane, Wilson Lane and Factory Lane – each with its own character and experiences.
“The laneways will form part of the 30% of the site that will be publicly accessible open space, including almost one hectare of parkland in two new parks - Mollison Green, a family-friendly green space with children’s play area, and Boundary Street Common which will recreate an historic grass forecourt on Boundary Street.”
Stage One of West Village is under way and will be completed at the end of 2018.
When complete, West Village will comprise eight contemporary apartment buildings, nearly one hectare of open space, a diverse mix of galleries, boutiques, alfresco dining, traders and merchants in a retail and entertainment hub linked by new pedestrian and cyclist-only laneways.