Utopia Space in Fortitude Valley has officially turned the sod as construction kicks off on the 25 level, 300 residential apartment project.A FORTITUDE VALLEY residential development has started construction with young professionals snapping up apartments in the prime inner-city precinct.Utopia Space on Wickham St will eventually have 25 levels, making it one of the tallest buildings in the Valley and with prime rooftop entertaining space with skyline views.The project has been sitting on the backburner for a couple of years, waiting for the market to turn in its favour.Utopia Space in Fortitude ValleyUtopia development manager Bill Wang said the supply side of development in the area was cooling, with a number of other projects mothballed and building approval back to a historical average from its peak.“But the demand is still there, especially for high quality projects,” he said. “We believe that by the time we complete the construction, the market will be more balanced.“And job growth that has stemmed from the large number of commercial towers being constructed or proposed for the Valley will well support the project.”Utopia Space in Fortitude ValleyAimed at young professionals and downsizers, the $180 million Utopia Space will have 300 one, two and three-bedroom apartments starting from $399,000.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe rooftop space will provide an open air cinema and large barbecue communal area.With 80 per cent sold off-the-plan, construction is now underway, with the sod officially turned with red ribbon tied shovels, followed by dancing red lions.At the opening ceremony Central Ward councillor Vicki Ward spoke of the vibrant and growing suburb of Fortitude Valley and Sandt Developments Group chairman Tom Sun talked of his long time dream of Utopia Space that is about to come to fruition.Utopia Space in Fortitude ValleyDesigned by Queensland based Kowalski Architects and set to be built by well renowned Hutchinson Builders, Mr Wang said one of the key features that made Utopia Space stand out from the crowd was its location.“Location, location is always the number one priority when it comes to real estate,” he said.New apartments: Search for developments“Being central to the Valley precinct, Utopia is among some of the best Eastern and Western eateries and cultural hot spots.“It sits 100m from the Valley train station, has a number of bus routes it is proximity, public transport can never be this convenient.”Utopia Space in Fortitude ValleyMr Wang said the state of the art design and finishes would also set the development apart.Bi-folding doors open up to 90 per cent of the balcony space, and the project is using Japan’s most advanced nanoglass which shields heat by up to 67.1 per cent and keeps rooms up to 8.3 degrees cooler in summer.The advanced technology glass means that airconditioning costs are reduced and soft furnishings are protected from fading.
Senior cornerback and co-captain Josh Shaw has been suspended from all football activities indefinitely after he admitted about lying about the nature of the ankle injuries he sustained on Saturday night.Shaw shanks redemption – Senior cornerback Josh Shaw (6) had four interceptions for the Trojans last season and was recently named a team captain. News of his suspension comes three days before the Trojans are set to face Fresno State.On Sunday, USC Athletics released a statement saying that Shaw was out indefinitely after suffering two high ankle sprains because he leapt from a balcony at a family function in order to save his nephew who was drowning in the pool.Monday morning at practice, head coach Steve Sarkisian disclosed that USC had received inquiries questioning the validity of the story and that he would look into it.Still, coaches and players reaffirmed their faith in Shaw’s character, stating that he had always demonstrated good character both on and off the field.But on Wednesday afternoon, Shaw came to USC’s athletic department and admitted to fabricating the entire story about rescuing his nephew.“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” Sarkisian told USCTrojans.com. “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”Shaw issued the following statement via his lawyer, Donald Etra: “On Saturday August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part. My USC coaches, the USC Athletic Department, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful.”USC’s athletic department also issued an apology for running the original story.
”We are truly delighted the IAAF has recognised our effort to promote road running in Nigeria. Our mission is to ensure we get more Nigerians involved in road running so that we can restore that tradition that we had in the past when Abbas Mohammed was a then truly world-class 2:16 in the full marathon. We are happy a couple of road races have sprung up and one of them has actually been recognised as well by the IAAF. This is our greatest joy,â€ said Dare Esan, the spokesman for the Okpekpe race who revealed organisers of the event will continue to make use of technology to ensure they continue to set benchmarks for future races in Nigeria nay the West Africa.â€œWe launched a tracking application last year which helped fans, friends and relations to follow the progress of participants at the fifth edition of the race last May. It was a completely new experience we designed to engage the athletes and the fans. The application offered mobile features designed to address three core digital needs: information delivery, sponsor activation and race day experience. It was unprecedented in the history of road races in Nigeria,â€ Esan revealed.Meanwhile, the IAAF has given reasons why it has accorded the Okpekpe race another historic status following its elevation from a bronze to a silver label race.Alessio Punzi, the IAAF Road Running Manager in an email sent to the promoter of the race, Mike Itemuagbor recognised the role played by the event’s organisers to promote elite road running in Nigeria nay the West Africa region.”In recognition of the role played by your event for the promotion of elite road racing in your region, and of your efforts towards the improvement of the technical aspects of the event, the IAAF is happy to inform you that the Okpekpe Road Race 10km is upgraded to IAAF Silver Label status for 2018,â€ wrote Punzi in the email following the application for an upgrade from a bronze to a sliver label race submitted by the organisers.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is the first road race to be granted a label status by the IAAF and it is the only IAAF silver label race in the African continent following the elevation of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to a gold label status early this year.The sixth edition of the race will hold on Saturday May 12, 2018 at Okpekpe near Auchi in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.The race is powered by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.It is the first and only road race in Nigeria that has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and recognised as one of the prestigious road races in the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *IAAF gives reasons for status elevationOrganisers of the annual Okpekpe International 10km Road Race are thrilled that their efforts at promoting road running in Nigeria have been recognised by the world governing body for athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).The Okpekpe race was granted a silver label status for next year’s event by the IAAF which makes it the first road race in Nigeria to be so recognised and the first in the West African sub-region as well as the second road race ever in Africa to enjoy a silver label status.