Plans Unveiled for Major Childcare Centre and Cafe in Strathpine

Plans have been submitted for a new 115-place childcare centre and adjoining food and drink outlet in Strathpine.

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Counting House Investments Pty Ltd lodged the proposal to develop the properties at 446 Gympie Road and 89-91 Railway Avenue.

The single-storey childcare centre would feature seven childminding rooms cared for by 20 full-time staff. The childcare centre would also have 825 sqm of outdoor play areas. 

Artist’s impression of proposed childcare centre in Strathpine (Photo credit: Raunik Design Group)

Designed by Raunik Design Group, the layout aims to be functional, compliant and meet community needs. The architectural design intends to contribute positively to the streetscape.

Childcare centre
Site plan (Photo credit: Raunik Design Group) 

“The proposed uses have been co-located and are intended to provide a highly accessible child-minding and convenience service that complements the existing ‘centre activities’ and residential uses that exist in the immediate local area,” planners noted in the development application. 

Meanwhile, the attached cafe would provide seating and a pedestrian awning facing Gympie Road.

There would be 15 parking spaces provided, whilst the proposed design places strong emphasis on linking the childcare centre and cafe to pedestrian access ways. 

Clear connections to surrounding footpaths aim to allow safe, permeable movement between Gympie Road, Railway Avenue, the parking area, and the entrance. Planners said an “active frontage” facing Gympie Road provides clear sightlines between the street and the interior space.

Childcare centre
Photo credit: Raunik Design Group

“The Gympie Road frontage has been designed to feature a high-set parapet façade that has been specifically included to give the effect of a second building storey to align with the intent of the Centre zone code (Strathpine centre precinct),” planners stated. 

The properties are strategically located within Strathpine’s centre precinct near other services. The surrounding area features a mix of commercial and light industrial uses, with low-density residential further west. Bray Park train station is 400m north on Railway Avenue.

The development aims to provide an accessible, modern and well-designed childcare and cafe facility to aid the local community.

The site currently holds a single-storey commercial building and parking lot set back on Railway Ave. The adjacent property at 89-91 Railway Avenue stands vacant. The existing structures are slated for demolition to make way for the new childcare centre and cafe. 

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If approved, the childcare centre would be open 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekdays whilst the food and drink outlet would operate seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Published 8-December-2023