Historic Valley bread factory set to rise again – as apartment tower

Brisbane City Council is considering plans to build a 15-storey apartment tower that would rise above the 116-year-old Keating’s Bread Factory site between Fortitude Valley and Spring Hill.

May 24, 2022, updated May 25, 2022
Image: Blight Rayner

Image: Blight Rayner

The tower, at 36 Warry St, would add 118 one, two, three and four bedroom units to the Valley’s stock of apartments in what the developers say would “re-invent the site in a way that provides an opportunity for a sense of place integrated into the heritage values”.

Council has already given approval to demolish some non-heritage sections of the site.

It adds to the recent trend of commercial and apartment developments trying to revive Brisbane’s heritage places by incorporating them into the projects.

Thomas Keating built his bread factory on the site in 1907, with a capacity of 10,000 loaves. Staff delivering bread by horse drawn cart as late as 1927. It ceased trading in 1945 but despite being used for everything since then from a warehouse to a medical research facility, the original building has been kept largely intact.

Developers RG Property want to create an integrated series of laneways on the level of the project which would include retail and food outlets.

“The development provides an opportunity to open Keating’s Bread Factory (former) to a new audience, allowing for the appreciation and use of the factory by the future residents of, and visitors to the site,” urban planning consultants Urbis say in the council development application.

“New retail tenancies on the ground floor have been carefully integrated in between the existing heritage fabric on-site and the new building.”

“The proposed design will ensure the activation of the ground floor plane and public laneway and will deliver a new public realm generating a much-needed social link for Spring Hill and its immediate surrounds.”


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