Brisbane’s hungry for luxury, says richlist developer Kevin Seymour

first_imgDeveloper Kevin Seymour (centre) with grandsons Trent Seymour and Ben Seymour at the site of their new development ‘The Oxlade’ in New Farm. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Walker.The top end of the Brisbane residential market is hungry for luxury, according to Queensland richlister Kevin Seymour, with seven apartments in his latest development snapped up in days.The $100m six-storey luxury development — The Oxlade — was the first to be spearheaded by his grandchildren Kate Seymour and her brothers Ben and Trent via their Queensland Prime Investment Trust. It would see 39 units built at 80 Oxlade Drive, New Farm including two $7m penthouses which have seen strong interest. Construction was scheduled for year-end, but could be brought forward depending on sales, Mr Seymour said. The Oxlade as envisioned on the waterfront in New Farm.“We’ve got seven sales and quite a lot of expressions of interest,” Mr Seymour (snr) said.The family spent $1.5m on the display suite alone, sizing it to scale on the insistence of the veteran developer.“The fact that we can show the exact size it will be is a major advantage,” he said, as were “little things” like flush doorsteps to avoid tripping, LED lighting on clothes rails in cupboards, specialist storage, and concierge services. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThere are two styles of finishes, light or dark.“I’ve seen a lot of units and built a lot of units in my time and between the architect and the Seymour younger generation, they’ve done a fantastic job in presenting this place the way it is at present.”“A lot of people are very cautious about buying from developers where they don’t know what they’re going to get, and they don’t know the finishes. One of the things we pride ourselves on is that the finish is first class. If there is a defect, we’ll fix it straight away, and the other thing is because of the quality of the building there is no such thing as cracks, and the sort of problems they’re having down in Sydney.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Storage has been a major consideration in the development.“It’s like a six star hotel,” he said, but called the concierge desk the “pièce de résistance” with services including storing grocery deliveries, arranging vehicles for errands and appointments, or even getting someone to walk the dog for residents.“They’re the sort of things that set a place aside from other unit blocks. They call this area the Paris end of New Farm, because that’s what we’re going to have: Sophistication, elegance, and magnificent complexes. It will set this part of Brisbane aside from the rest of it because it’s something that’s never been developed before.” The development would consist of four towers joined by a central six-star hotel style lobby.The development was designed by architecture firm bureau^proberts as four buildings, each with at least eight apartments, he said.“The intention is you are not living in a crowded area. Each building is about eight units, so at the most you’re going to see eight people,” he said.last_img read more

Swann critical of England’s senior players after Ashes defeat

first_img(REUTERS) – Former England spinner Graeme Swann was critical of England’s senior players who have done “next to nothing” as Australia regained the Ashes in Perth yesterday.Australia strolled to victory in the third Test at the WACA, winning by an innings and 41 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series, with England’s batting line-up again putting up meagre resistance as they were bowled out for 218 in their second innings.While rookie Dawid Malan has made 302 runs in the series, former captain Alastair Cook has struggled with the bat in Australia, as has Moeen Ali, and Swann believes that England’s troubles are down to these underperforming senior players and the absence of one key batsman in particular.“England do have a settled side if Ben Stokes is around but when he’s not, this team came over very weak,” Swann told the BBC.“The senior guys who you expect to stand up and outshine the rookies have done the exact opposite. Joe Root and Alastair Cook have done next to nothing. The shining lights have been Rocky (Mark) Stoneman and Dawid Malan.“I‘m proud of the way some of the guys have played. Dawid Malan was sensational; James Vince was only dismissed by the best ball I’ve ever seen in a game. There are positives. I expected to be 3-0 down after three games once Stokes wasn’t coming.”Stokes was omitted from England’s touring party following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.He remains suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board pending the result of a police investigation.Michael Vaughan also questioned the longevity of certain members of the England squad, with the former England opener believing the next Ashes series in England may come too soon for some.“England have three legends of the game in Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson,” Vaughan added.“It depends how they manage their retirements. It’s coming sooner rather than later. I do think they can all play a part in the series of 2019 but you don’t see many fairytales in sport.“England have to manage the senior core of the side and make sure that if they are all to go together in 2019 they are playing well enough to be in the team.”last_img read more