PERSONALITY PLUS: This stunning shot of the Empire Apartments was captured by Rockhampton photographer John Casey.
PERSONALITY PLUS: This stunning shot of the Empire Apartments was captured by Rockhampton photographer John Casey. John Casey

Fitzroy riverbank's Empire Apartment’s in line for award

THE Empire Apartments has been a shining light along the Rockhampton riverbank since it opened late last year.

Now it is a shining light for the whole region as a finalist in the Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards.

Developer Andrew Beaumont said the nomination wasn't just a great thing for him and his business partner, Wayne Riddell, but also the whole region.

"It is another opportunity for the region to shine," Andrew said.

Andrew believes it was some of the unique features of the building, designed by Cottee Parker Architects, that led to it being among the five finalists.

Those features include the mixed use of the building; an apartment hotel motel with residential apartments above and the retail precinct below, which Andrew said the judges thought was a great plus for the development.

"Win or lose we are very excited to be a part of it."

Andrew was thrilled with how things had been going since the opening, with 100% occupancy and the dining at ground floor working really well.

Sandra Browne (pictured), director of Cottee Parker Architects, said they entered the building in the awards because of its mixed use and personality.

"We think it is a significant building for the region," Sandra said.

With the retail section on a three-street frontage and an arcade-style walkway to the river, Sandra said it pulled people into the building while also supporting its surroundings, such as The Edge and the Rockhampton CBD.

"It has energised that part of town."

Both Andrew and Sandra spoke about their next focus, Salt in Yeppoon, which is in the final stages of construction.

Andrew said the roof was going on now, with completion due by the end of August.

The winner of the awards will be announced in Brisbane tonight. Projects awarded on the night will progress to the Queensland State Architecture Awards in Brisbane on June 26.



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