Sector

Residential

Subsector

Low Rise

Client

Frasers Property Australia

Completed

2016

Team Leader

Cy Milburn

Architect

Idearchitecture

Civil & Structural Engineer

MPN Consulting

Electrical Engineer

RG Electrical

Mechanical Engineer

System Air

Hydraulic Engineer

Multitech Solutions

Fire Consultant

Brisbane Fire Protection

Building Certifier

Philip Chun

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$12.4M

Project value

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61

Weeks to build

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10

Luxury residences

1888 / Architectural perspective of the Immigration Depot, Brisbane / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 2580

I just love the idea of rescuing a building and bringing it back to its former life and glory. It’s got a lot of history to it – 1880 – there’s not many buildings like this in Brisbane and Frasers did a fantastic job to bring this back to life.

Chris Chainey, Project Manager

Hutchinson Builders

Iconic Yungaba House at Kangaroo Point was lovingly restored and developed by Hutchinson Builders for Frasers Property Australia. The 130 year old building holds deep historical value, beginning its life as the original State Immigration Centre, and Hutchies was honoured to be a part of its preservation and transformation.  

Undertaking restoration works on a building aged over 130 years old presented a number of construction challenges. These included extensive structural repairs, alterations, and strengthening works to the existing structure, which all required careful planning, sequencing, and procurement in confined areas of access. The roofing was completely replaced with meticulous attention paid to maintaining the heritage characteristics of the building. 

We also completed a full restoration and upgrade of the existing sash windows and joinery, including all pest affected areas. All windows were replaced with specialised acoustic glass, together with high-end door seals and window seals. 

The restoration required the removal of beads and sashes, which had to be individually catalogued and labelled. On refitting, each window was balanced and re-weighted with extra lead as needed to ensure smooth operation. 

Hutchies brought in a team of specialist trades from Tasmania to restore 135 windows, replacing 400 pieces of glass in total. Fire and acoustic provisions within the building structure were integral in the design of the new apartments.

Yungaba has a special association with a wide variety of communities and cultural groups for social and cultural reasons. It has been used to accommodate generations of immigrants, to welcome soldiers and their dependents on their return from three major conflicts, it has housed South Sea Islanders awaiting repatriation to their home islands under Commonwealth legislation, and it is closely associated with the construction of the Story Bridge, one of Brisbane's landmarks. Its listing as the first building to be protected under the Cultural Record (Landscapes Queensland and Queensland Estate) Act 1987 demonstrates is strong community value within the city of Brisbane.

Queensland Heritage Register

1992

Awards

2018 Property Council of Australia (Qld) Awards in the Heritage Development

2017 UDIA Queensland Medium Density housing category of the UDIA (Qld) Award

2017 QMBA Awards Queensland Refurbishment/Renovation of a Heritage Listed Building

2017 QMBA Awards Brisbane Refurbishment/Renovation over $2M

2017 AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards Queensland Residential Construction $5M-$25M

It’s been an immigration centre, a refuge for destitute soldiers, construction worker accommodation, a design studio and a hospital. By respecting and retaining the building’s history, the development team will preserve this important landmark for future generations.

David Stewart

Managing Director, RLB for the 2018 Property Council Awards

The judges were impressed by the uniqueness of the heritage offering, the obvious attention to the restoration detail, and the way the building anchored and activated the whole Yungaba project.

UDIA QLD

2017 Medium Density Development

Sod Turning Ceremony

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December 2016 / The Residences at Yungaba / Angus Martin Photographer for Hutchinson Builders

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1888 / Architectural plans and perspective drawing of the Immigration Depot, Brisbane / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 2580

1888 / Architectural plans and perspective drawing of the Immigration Depot, Brisbane / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 2580

September 1950 / Yungaba Immigration Centre / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 1588

September 1950 / Yungaba Immigration Centre / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 1588

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Date Unknown / Migrants out the front of the historic Yungaba House, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

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September 1948 / Yungaba Migration Depot / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 26528

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August 1972 / Yungaba Migrant Hostel / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 3560

March 1949 / Yungaba Immigration Reception Centre, Brisbane, Part Block Plan / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 5206

March 1949 / Yungaba Immigration Reception Centre, Brisbane, Part Block Plan / Queensland State Archives / Digital ID 5206

The Residences at Yungaba

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