As our resilient city continues to flourish in light of COVID-19, Brisbane’s widely anticipated Queen’s Wharf Precinct is now more than half-way to completion. The project commenced initial works in January 2017 and is on track for the first stages to be operational by 2022. As the largest heritage redevelopment in the southern hemisphere, the integrated resort will further secure Brisbane’s reputation as a renowned tourism, leisure and entertainment destination.
The $3.6 billion investment is currently in the construction phase, with the demolition of non-heritage structures and the excavation of over 400,000 cubic metres of material now complete. By the end of this year we can expect to see the four towers that make up the core of the project well above street level; a mix of luxury hotel and residential buildings. Inspired by the iconic Queensland verandah, the prominent arc-shape structure at the forefront of the precinct will feature a 100m high sky-deck, boasting spectacular 360 degree views of our river city.
More than 12 football fields of space known as ‘The Landing’ will be transformed into a publicly accessible outdoor entertainment pavilion and key event arena for the precinct. Staying true to our city’s heritage, the repurposing of buildings such as the existing Treasury Casino will see the design vision of luxury modern living meet old-world historic charm come to life. The resort will also host The Star Casino, 40,000 sqm of retail space and over 50 new bars, cafes and restaurants.
Spanning over 12 hectares of riverfront land, the Queens Wharf precinct marks the historic settlement of Europeans over 190 years ago and occupies the state-owned land between the Brisbane River, Alice and Queen Street. The development will better connect the northern side of our city with South Bank via the Neville Bonner Pedestrian Bridge, named after the first Aboriginal Australian to become a member of Australian parliament.
Creating more than 11,500 jobs and injecting over $11 billion into our state, the riverfront transformation has significantly helped sustain our economy through what have been turbulent times. Upon completion, the waterfront plaza is set to attract 1.4 million visitors per year and create an additional 8,000 jobs for our economy. The iconic development will reactivate an underutilised part of our city whilst preserving and celebrating Brisbane’s rich heritage.