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Soda apartments was the first of numerous new high-rise mixed use developments in the burgeoning South Brisbane precinct. Built during the current cycle and delivered under the design and construct model with Hutchinson Builders, Soda comprises 131 residential apartments with a mix of one, two and three bedroom units, with a retail precinct on ground floor which forms part of trendy Fish Lane. Designed by Ellivo Architects and Group GSA, the project has a number of architectural features which differentiate this building from others in the local area. The extensive brick work on the façade and external timber wall cladding that stretches from level 4 to the soffit of level 19 gives the project a homelier feel than a typical inner city high rise. Communal facilities such as roof top pool and BBQ area, gym, and community gardens allow the residents to find their own space to relax and enjoy the building in their own way and at their own pace. Soda was the client’s first D&C project with Hutchies and they were extremely pleased with the outcome, with all apartments sold prior to the completion of construction. The positive attitude of all contractors and consultants involved allowed this job to be completed right on time and on budget, allowing the client to settle sales of all apartments prior to the Christmas holiday period.
The building footprint of Soda stretches to boundaries on all four sides, which presented challenges for access and deliveries. With access via Cordelia Street – one of the main thoroughfares through the area – not a viable option, delivery access via Fish Lane was negotiated with neighbouring residents and businesses.
High quality materials and finishes are a feature of Soda, and Hutchies engaged the expertise of a number of internal and external consultants to ensure the outcome was to the highest standard.