Work Resumes on The Lanes in West End as Developer Makes Peace with Union

After months of deadlock and disruptions, work has resumed on the luxury high-rise development known as The Lanes in Brisbane’s West End. 

The developer, Pradella, has managed to strike a deal with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), which has put an end to the relentless troubles and issues plaguing the construction site for the past four months.

Building industry insiders and sources have pointed out that it was likely the CFMEU orchestrating the sit-ins and blockades at The Lanes since April 2023. The situation escalated, causing a stalemate in construction progress.  

The protests at The Lanes had prompted Pradella to go to extraordinary lengths, including hiring “special duty” police officers to work extra hours and overtime to safeguard the site. The disruptions had affected communication with buyers, causing uncertainties about the project’s progress and completion dates. 

However, recent developments suggest that a breakthrough has been achieved, allowing construction to move forward once again.

Pradella released a statement expressing its satisfaction with the resolution of the protests at the West End construction site. The company mentioned that construction activities were now back in full swing, with the crane erected on the site. The delays caused by the protests had frustrated both Pradella and home buyers, as well as subcontractors involved in the project. 

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Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni, who initially placed blame on local environmental activists, specifically the Greens, seemed to shift his stance in light of the developments. Last month, Mr de Brenni hesitated to condemn the actions of the protesters, opting to lay the blame on the Greens for blocking housing projects. 

When asked about the recent ceasefire and the involvement of CFMEU, Mr de Brenni refrained from giving a direct answer and reiterated his criticism of the Greens. Despite the apparent resolution, the exact details of the agreement between Pradella and CFMEU remain undisclosed. 

The focus now shifts to the upcoming weeks as construction activities escalate, leading to increased progress at The Lanes,  which promises to offer luxurious living spaces and amenities to the community.

Published 1-Sept-2023

Details for New Montague Markets and Residences in West End Unveiled

Plans for a $175-million shopping, dining, office and residential precinct at West End were revealed by Pradella.

The property developer is moving a step closer to its $1-billion vision for West End’s riverside community, with the Montague Markets and Residences as its 14th project in the suburb.

Located at  405 Montague Road, the precinct is set to have Woolworths supermarket as its anchor tenant, occupying 3,400 sqm of the Montague Markets area. Plans for the development also include 1,590 sqm of specialty retail across 15 tenancies and a vibrant 1,200 sqm of a landscaped public plaza, central arcade, and alfresco dining zone.

The precinct’s commercial hub will be offering 1,311 sqm of office space, with a 75-sqm community space included for flexible work arrangements and study.

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Montague Residences, comprised of two residential towers, will have a total of 181 apartments and 1,300 sqm of exclusive resort style amenities.

In a press release, Pradella Director Kim Pradella said Montague Markets and Residences is an integral piece of the master-planned Riverside West End community.

“Montague Markets will be an excellent fit for West End with a market-style ambience that extends the suburb’s thriving foodie culture closer to the river,” Mr Pradella said.

“It will also introduce the region’s laneway culture to this precinct by extending Tondara Lane for community pop-up spaces and a 200 sqm public art piece that will further showcase the personality of West End,” he added.

Construction of West End’s new lifestyle precinct is expected to start in late 2018 and Montague Markets retail and dining component is anticipated to open in mid- to late-2020.