The vision for the proposal is to revive the area at the rear of the existing buildings on the site through creation of a new vibrant laneway development that will return this space to public access, and create a lively meeting and shopping spot to bring new life and energy this to part of McLaughlin Street (and Lucky’s Lane). It is proposed to create a number of small tenancies, ranging in size from approximately 8.9 m2 to 70 m2, around a central internal laneway.
Uses envisaged for the tenancies comprise small scale and/or incubator activities for retail, artist studios or workshops for handmade goods, small cafes or bars, and possibly small scale offices.
It is intended that the laneway will develop into a creative hub where small start-up companies will sit side by side with artists’ studios, with artists being able to operate a ‘create and sell model’, being able to sell their pieces directly to the public from the same units that they use to create.
The proposal is considered to be very much in keeping with the existing character of this part of Fortitude Valley, which is an artistic hub in the city and attracts a wide variety of people and businesses. The development will make innovative use of materials (such as shipping containers) to create an intimate space which will be vibrant and full of activity.