Second CBD tower set to be approved in July
A SECOND, nine-storey tower in the massive Icon Ipswich project is on the drawing board as the finishing touches are being put to Tower 1.
Ipswich City Properties chairman Paul Tully said the second tower was in the planning stage and was progressing well.
"There is currently a town planning application with Ipswich City Council for the proposed nine-storey tower B development adjacent to tower A at the corner of Brisbane St and Bell St," he said.
"We anticipate an approval by the end of July.
"Jones Lang Lasalle and Knight Frank are actively seeking commercial opportunities for the development of the centre and securing future tenants.
"With the opening of tower A in the next four months, with 1200 state public servants, we are confident this precinct will become a major commercial hub.
"An announcement will be made as soon as a development proposal and commercial leasing opportunities are finalised."
A fortnight ago, IPN Medical Centre was announced as the first tenant to move into Tower 1 of the massive Icon Ipswich development.
IPN has committed to a five-year lease for a 410sq m tenancy in the $93 million tower.
Developer Leighton Properties says the new IPN Medical Centre will have consulting rooms for seven doctors and facilities for nurses including a treatment room, procedure room and emergency bay, as well as space for a pharmacy and pathology service.
Tower 1 is expected to be finished in September as the first stage of the joint development between Leighton Properties and Ipswich City Properties.
The finished multi-stage reconstruction will span four city blocks, incorporating 170,000sq m of commercial, retail, residential and public space.
ICP is a company owned by Ipswich City Council. Its directors are Paul Tully, Paul Pisasale, Carl Wulff and Jim Lindsay.