Brisbane; it’s Queensland’s metropolitan jewel and has hopes of soon stepping onto the international stage as Australia’s next ‘world city’.
There are a number of development projects announced or underway in Brisbane that are projected to be up and running by 2022, each bringing its own unique quality to the city.
Below are some featured projects that will help take Brisbane to new heights.
1. Queen’s Wharf
Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is set to attract new visitors and investment as it reconnects the activity of Brisbane’s defining parts of the city like the Botanic Gardens, the Queen Street Mall, the Cultural Precinct, South Bank, the Parliamentary Precinct and the Brisbane River.
It is being delivered by Star Entertainment Group , Far East Consortium (Australia) and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises in order to facilitate the planning and delivery of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development, and is expected to create more than 2000 construction jobs and 8000 ongoing employment opportunities when the Integrated Resort Development is operational in 2022.
Queen’s Wharf will include:
- Five new hotels– including premium brands like the Ritz-Carlton
- Three residential towers
- A new department store
- About 50 food and beverage outlets
- A riverfront moonlight cinema
- A Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School in partnership with TAFE Queensland.
The development is expected to deliver $1.69 billion annual increase in tourism and 1.39 million additional tourists per annum, along with $4 billion to the Gross State Product.
2. Northshore Hamilton
Owned by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), Northshore Hamilton is Brisbane’s largest urban renewal precinct, spanning 304 hectares and will have an important role to play in helping the city position itself for the future.
In the next 20 years, Northshore’s primarily industrial area will be transformed into a $5 billion vibrant riverside precinct over the next 20 years. It will cater for 15,000 residents and become an employment hub for about 15,000 workers in retail precincts and office parks.
Northshore will include 2.5km of dedicated riverfront, with a mixture of parkland and community space. These spaces will complement the combination of residential, retail and commercial opportunities on site.
The initial works on this project have included 700 apartments across five towers and also include retail and commercial space.
3. Brisbane Airport Redevelopment
Brisbane Airport Australia is currently on the way to delivering the country’s best runway system with the $3.8 billion New Parallel Runway Project (NPR) for Brisbane Airport. While the airport has about 100 other projects in the works for the next 10 years, this NPR is considered the biggest aviation project in Australia.
Building the NPR will involve utilising 360 hectares of marshland by pumping 11 million cubic meters of sand onto the site. Over time and with the help of 330,000 wick drains funneling the water to the surface, the weight of the sand will create a solid base for construction on the runway.
The runway’s pavement will be 3.3km long, 60m wide and will have 12km of taxiways. It will create 2700 construction jobs to complete by 2020.
4. Howard Smith Wharves
The Howard Smith Wharves project covers a 3.43 hectare riverside precinct that will connect the New Farm Riverwalk and the CBD and revitalise Petrie Bight
The project is intent on respecting the area’s heritage and will incorporate the heritage-listed buildings into the redevelopment. The new parkland will also enable a pedestrian and cycle connection through the site to link the city centre with Riverwalk at New Farm.
Events such as cultural and food festivals will be hosted at the exhibition complex, which will include restaurants and bars.
The Howard Smith Wharves project’s key features include:
- A dining, retail and tourism centre utilising the existing heritage-listed buildings
- New public open spaces that may be used for markets and festivals
- A 64-room, five-star Art Series boutique hotel
- A hotel facade that blends into the cliff face with natural tones and textures to keep the iconic Story Bridge as the main focus
- Underground carpark for about 350 vehicles
- A 1500sqm exhibition space.
HSW Nominees is undertaking the revitalisation of Howard Smith Wharves.