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Property Here - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Historic home to be 'focal point'

Anthony John Group managing director Tony John in front of the historic Collins Place at South Bank, which will be incorporated into the Southpoint development. Source: News Limited

BRISBANE'S heritage-listed Collins Place at South Bank is set to once again become a thriving restaurant venue.

Built in 1889, the building was well known as Brisbane's Spaghetti House during World Expo 88 and now the Anthony John Group will incorporate the landmark into its $590 million Southpoint development.

Group managing director Tony John unveiled its latest plans yesterday as part of one of Queensland's largest mixed-use, transit-oriented developments.

On the drawing board since 2006, Southpoint will now comprise two new buildings located beside Collins Place, allowing the old building to become an important focal point.

A residential and hotel tower will be located on the corner of Grey and Tribune streets, with a commercial and retail building, including a major supermarket, on the other side of Collins Place.

Mr John said heritage considerations had been a priority for the developer.

"We've got to give respect to these heritage buildings," he said.

"To me, as an architect, working with old and new materials is fantastic.

"You just need to walk into the Regatta, or you just need to look at the way that some of the older buildings in the city have been treated. With the introduction of toughened glass materials, it lifts it, it integrates it beautifully.

"We see exactly the same opportunity here.

"This will be integrated, we will preserve the character of the building, without any doubt whatsoever.

"We've protected the volume of the space around the building to give it its own bubble and the fact that it's adjacent the railway station means that it will be a focal point."

While Mr John said the group had not finalised plans for the building, he expected it would be used for "something special".

"It will either be a restaurant or a tavern, for sure as chips," he said.

"Because we can't move any of the internal walls in there it will more than likely become a restaurant or a tavern.

"I have no doubt people will come through targeting something particular in mind for that building."

The Southpoint development will include a five-star Emporium Hotel and 221 apartments.

Site works are expected to start in December, with construction from 2014.

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