Brisbane Icon Threatened As Albion High-Rise Could Loom Over Breakfast Creek Hotel

Albion High-rise Sandgate Road and Higgs St
Photo Credit: DA A006306280

Breakfast Creek Hotel, a historic landmark built in 1889, faces a significant threat as developers of an Albion high-rise propose a 17-storey residential tower.



Located at 4 Higgs Street and 11 Sandgate Road, the proposed 199-unit development  (DA A006306280)  surpasses the 10-storey limit outlined in the Albion Neighbourhood Plan.


 
 


The DA was filed in June 2023 and is still being assessed following a public notification between February and March 2024.

However, the heritage-listed Breakfast Creek Hotel owners and several other businesses oppose the development, citing concerns about its impact on the viability and aesthetics of the Brisbane landmark.

Albion High-rise Sandgate Road and Higgs St
Photo Credit: DA A006306280
Albion High-rise Sandgate Road and Higgs St
Photo Credit: DA A006306280

Owners and Businesses Protest

The Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group, owner of the Breakfast Creek Hotel, vehemently opposes the residential tower. ALH’s parent company, Endeavour Group, highlights concerns about extreme shading of the patron seating area and beer garden during peak hours, potentially affecting customer experience and economic viability. ALH managing director Paul Walton underscores the hotel’s historical resilience and the need to preserve its heritage and amenities for future generations.

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Similarly, the Queensland Hotels Association, represented by Bernie Hogan, voices concerns about noise attenuation and its historical impact on inner-city venues with significant heritage value.


Albion High-rise Sandgate Road and Higgs St
Photo Credit: DA A006306280

Renowned chef Shannon Kellam and his wife Clare express fears about the impact of the proposed tower on their business, Mica Brasserie. They emphasise that any setback, especially after recent challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and 2022 floods, could lead to closure.



Developer’s Response

Despite objections, the developer, DRJ Investments Pty Ltd, remains silent. The company enlisted Sydney architect Jackson Teece to design the Albion high-rise, which boasts amenities such as a rooftop pool, ground-floor restaurant, and extensive basement car parking. 

Published 25-March-2024