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September 20, 2021

A new development application by Brisbane-based Forme has been submitted which will expand James James Street towards New Farm and continue the popular retail high street’s unique subtropical architecture.

James Street, which has largely developed an architectural style of its own, through a well orchestrated evolution of developments would receive its second medium scale commercial building which is proposed for 75-85 James Street, Fortitude Valley.

In December 2020, a development application was submitted for a medium-scale commercial development directly opposite at 76 James Street.

This new commercial offering is designed by Richards & Spence, who has been responsible for crafting the subtropical identity of the James Street precinct including the recent and highly popular Calile Hotel development.


Architectural rendering of 75-85 James Street



The project would signify the latest major development on the retail strip since the Calile opened its doors in 2018. According to the development application, 75-85 James Street would see a continuation of the fine grain tenancies synonymous with the precinct while supplying much needed small to medium office space.

The development comprises of nine new retail tenancies facing James Street as well as five other internal tenancies including cafes and a restaurant which would surround a proposed 720m2 internal public plaza and stairs, which is a similar size to Fish Lane Town Square (730m2).


Architectural rendering of 75-85 James Street



“Glazed shopfronts are framed by double storey brick portals to create articulation in plan. Each tenancy is expressed as a separate building as it steps up the length of the street.”

“The public footpath transitions into a landscaped oasis with a comfortable raised level change. Opportunity for cross block connection is provided via a variety of site permutations”

“An existing commercial character building is located on the James and Harcourt Street corner, the timber building purposed for its role as a neighbourhood bakery.”

“The building is separated from the new built elements, preserving its facade and providing access to both James and Harcourt Street. The internalised laneway creates external covered space for informal dining, visible yet protected from the busy James Street traffic.” – Richards & Spence



Project rundown

  • Total GFA: 6,071 m2
  • Site Area: 2,587m2
  • Height: 6 storeys / RL 34.9m
  • Parking: 145
  • Bicycle parking: 50
  • Retail: Activation of James Street with 14 retail / food and drink premises (varying in size from 40m2 – 162m2) and first level establishing 6 retail / food and drink premises (varying in size from 315m2 – 345m2) with a combined GFA of 2,115m2.
  • A total of four levels of commercial offices, involving the establishment of 28 office tenancies (varying in size from 49m2 – 291m2) with a total GFA of 3,956m2. It is acknowledged by the development team that the ultimate tenancy mix has been designed to be flexible and may change over time.
  • Existing site: The subject site comprises of two houses a three storey apartment building with commercial tenancies at street level and two commercial type buildings.
  • Plaza: The central Public Plaza at ground level totals 48% of the site area
  • Rooftop: A 396m2 communal roof terrace is proposed for the office tenancies and landscaping
  • Landscape firm: Wild Studio

The development site which was consolidated over a six month period requires the relocation of three pre-1911 swellings as well as the partial demolition of a corner commercial building on the site.




By – Brisbane Development