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Easter long weekend road closure on Margaret Street

The Margaret Street off ramps (from the Riverside Expressway) will be closed from 7pm Thursday 13 April to 4am Tuesday 18 April to scaffold the Margaret Street overpass and install a pedestrian gan…

Services installation on George Street

Night works: Services installation works will take place each night, from Sunday 26 March until Thursday 20 April 2017, between 8pm and 5am. When: From Sunday 26 March 2017 to Thursday 20 April 2…

Services installation on Margaret Street

Night works: Services installation works will take place each night, from Sunday 19 March until Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 7pm and 5am. When: From Sunday 19 March to Wednesday 26 April 2017…

Tower Crane Installation

Night work will occur within the project site, on Monday 13 March from 2:00am until 8:30pm. When: Night work: From 2:00am until 8:30pm on Monday 13 March work will occur to install a tower crane…

Permanent site hoarding installation

Night work: Installation of permanent hoarding will now begin on Thursday 16 March 2017 for approximately one month. When: Night work will occur from Thursday 16 March 2017, for approximately one…

Truck movements to begin late-February

Heavy vehicle movements will begin late-February 2017 as part of the planned demolition works for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project. When: Demolition work, which is soon to begin, will result in…

Energex HV cable recovery

Redundant HV cabling is being removed from Stephens Lane and George Street on Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 2 March 2017. When: Night work will occur on Wednesday, 1 March and Thursday, 2 March…

Energex work on the corner of George and Margaret streets

Energex will be conducting pit modification works from 7pm Friday 3 March until 5am Monday 6 March 2017. When: Work will occur both day and night from 7pm Friday 3 March until 5am Monday 6 March…

Telstra diversion works

Night work along Margaret Street and William Street will occur between Sunday 26 February and Friday 7 April to divert Telstra services.  When:  Night work is planned from Sunday 26 February unti…

Stephens Lane electrical pit and pipe installation

Work will begin in Stephens Lane on Wednesday 8 February and continue until Friday 3 March. Work will occur between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday. When: From Wednesday 8 February to Friday 3 March…

2016

Project Timeline 2016

In 2016, Destination Brisbane Consortium finalised the detailed design of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane to enable the start of early works.

Comprehensive engagement with the Brisbane community also occurred throughout the year to ensure high levels of awareness regarding the start of early works, including the temporary closure of a section of William Street and the permanent full closure of Queens Wharf Road. In December 2016, the consortium appointed Probuild as the demolition and enabling works contractor.

2017

Project Timeline 2017

In 2017, Destination Brisbane Consortium commenced demolition and enabling works on Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.

The demolition and enabling works involves hoarding the site for safety, securing and protecting the heritage buildings within the site, demolishing three non-heritage former government buildings and performing services work.

2018

Project Timeline 2018

In 2018, Destination Brisbane Consortium will begin excavation work to remove around 600,000m3 of spoil.

This work will create the foundations for the car parks and basements of the core development, including hotels and public realm areas. Waterline Park and the Mangrove Walk are both expected to open to the public during the year.

2019/20

Project Timeline 2019/20

In 2019/20, Destination Brisbane Consortium will begin installing above-ground infrastructure once the foundations are covered over.

Brisbane locals and visitors will begin to see the core development start to take shape as it rises above the ground.

2021

Project Timeline 2021

In 2021, Destination Brisbane Consortium will turn its focus on the internal fit-out of the buildings in the development.

This work will include fitting out public realm areas, hotels, retail spaces and food and beverage outlets.

2022

Project Timeline 2022

In 2022, Destination Brisbane Consortium expects to open the core integrated resort development.

The final detailed design features will be installed to bring Queen’s Wharf Brisbane to life.

2024

Project Timeline 2024

In 2024, Destination Brisbane Consortium expects to complete the transformation of the heritage Treasury and Land Administration buildings (currently housing Treasury Brisbane).

These iconic buildings will reopen as an exciting high-end retail centre and The Ritz Carlton Hotel respectively.

People, environment and heritage

Destination Brisbane Consortium‘s $3 billion construction of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will be one of the largest projects Queensland has ever seen, spectacularly transforming Brisbane CBD’s landscape forever.

Today, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane contains a number of underutilised heritage buildings, obsolete government buildings and neglected riverfront land under the Riverside Expressway in the CBD.

Extending from the current Treasury Casino building at the top of the Queen Street Mall to Alice Street, and from the Brisbane River’s edge to George Street, the precinct covers more than 26 hectares across land and water.

Our consortium’s development is unique in nature given its significant size and scale; the precinct’s European heritage buildings in the area to be beautifully restored and repurposed; its CBD location; and close proximity to the Brisbane River.

We will work closely with our employees, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, the community, local authorities and governments to implement best practice development procedures and measures during construction and once operational. 

People can stay informed on the project by subscribing to receive the latest news and construction updates, and by following our Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Facebook page.

Heritage Preservation

Overview

Bringing Brisbane’s heritage to life

Beautiful heritage buildings and places will be restored and repurposed, providing unique experiences and creating stories and memories for future generations.

The historic Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct is the birthplace of European settlement nearly 200 years ago, and a home to Indigenous Australians for thousands of years.

It holds one of the greatest collections of culturally significant heritage buildings and places in Australia.

After decades of mystery, these neglected buildings and places will come alive through careful restoration work and repurposing. 

Locals and visitors will be able to enjoy beautifully restored spaces in a variety of ways including cultural, retail, dining, hotel entertainment and tourist attraction spaces.

As lead consortium partner, The Star Entertainment Group already has a proud track record for preserving and enhancing some of Brisbane's most prestigious heritage buildings in the precinct – namely the Treasury building, which currently houses the Treasury Casino; and the Land Administration building, which currently houses the Treasury Hotel. 

Through the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, these two buildings will be transformed into a high-end retail centre and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

All heritage buildings in the precinct will be rated in accordance with Green Star best practice for heritage buildings, to ensure they meet current expectations for performance while preserving their character and cultural significance.

Conservation management

Conservation management plans

As part of the development, Destination Brisbane Consortium will prepare robust conservation management plans (CMPs) for all heritage buildings and places in the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct.

These heritage buildings and places include Miller Park, Queens Park, and the William Street and Queens Wharf Road retaining walls. 

The CMPs will be prepared in accordance with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection guidelines for preparing management plans, and focus strongly on identifying and conserving heritage values in accordance with the Australian ICOMOS Burra Charter. The Burra Charter provides best practice principles and procedures to follow in conserving Australian heritage places and is recognised internationally as a best practice framework for heritage management.

The CMPs will advocate the ongoing use of the buildings, and provide guidance for their adaptive reuse with consideration of how to best conserve, interpret and enhance the significant elements of each building and place.  

Heritage protection

Heritage protection process

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will go through an independent development assessment process, managed by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), as the development sits within the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDA).

EDQ will assess Destination Brisbane Consortium’s development application against the adopted PDA development scheme and consult with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Queensland Heritage Council on all significant heritage matters throughout the process.

Our consortium is pleased to continue working with state government and the Queensland Heritage Council to ensure the development protects and preserves Brisbane’s treasured heritage buildings and places.

For more information about the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme, visit www.edq.qld.gov.au/qwb-pda

Environment

Overview

Delivering environmental excellence

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will be a world-class environmentally-sustainable precinct that is built to a six-star Green Star Communities Rating.

The precinct will showcase and maximise energy efficiencies and water conservation.

Dust, noise and vibration management will be monitored and controlled in accordance with relevant requirements, as per other large scale projects within Brisbane’s CBD.

Water

Water

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will use conservation and sustainable management of site water through the application of Water Sensitive Urban Design and water management strategies. This includes the use of greywater and rainwater wherever possible.

Water sensitive urban design features will be applied to create an ecologically beneficial urban water system. This will include management of stormwater to ensure that water leaving the site does not negatively impact the water quality of the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay (including a reduction in gross pollutants from stormwater discharge).

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources.

Passive building design within the precinct and material selection will help reduce energy consumption. 

Traffic & Transport

Overview

Traffic and transport

Some Brisbane CBD traffic and transport routes are changing ahead of construction starting on Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.

From 1 January 2017, these changes will affect roads, car parking, pedestrian activity, public transport and bikeways.

Destination Brisbane Consortium has a traffic management plan and is working closely with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council and TransLink to manage the impact of these changes.

We are committed to keeping the community well-informed ahead of any changes, and for more information please subscribe to our news and/or construction updates.

CBD traffic

CBD traffic changes

From 1 January 2017, two road closures are occurring to enable the development’s safe construction.

These road closures are:

• Queens Wharf Road (adjacent to the Brisbane River) will be permanently closed to traffic.
• A section of William Street (between Elizabeth and Margaret Streets) will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic during the construction period only.

For more about traffic conditions and changes visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.

To stay up-to-date with changes to public bus services and scheduling visit www.translink.com.au, download the MyTransLink App or call 13 12 30. 

City train and access to ferry services are not affected.

There will be no permanent closures to the Riverside Expressway or its on or off ramps during construction. Temporary lane closures will be required for some construction works, but will be conducted in off-peak periods to minimise impacts to commuters.

Cyclists and pedestrian

Cyclists and pedestrian changes

The Bicentennial Bikeway will remain open throughout the demolition phase. During construction, any temporary bikeway route diversions will be communicated extensively in advance via signage and traffic controllers. 

On 1 January 2017, pedestrian access along William Street will close between Stephens Lane and Margaret Street, and the west side of George Street (between Charlotte and Margaret Streets). 

Pedestrian traffic will be directed to the east side of George Street for this section of the road. Bus stop 108 outside Harris Terrace will remain active for afternoon services.
 

Community

Overview

Our community

Brisbane enjoys a richly diverse community, a range of cultures and lifestyles. Destination Brisbane Consortium is committed to continual engagement about the development with both locals and visitors.

Our consortium team is engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including the local community, governments, businesses and industry.

We strongly value the many views of these stakeholders and we establised baseline community sentiment research prior to the start of construction.

We will continue to measure community awareness and attitudes towards our development throughout the build.

Public spaces

Public spaces

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will transform tired and underutilised CBD land into a place of life and activity including 12 football fields of public space that locals and tourists will be proud to visit.

The new development will celebrate Brisbane’s outdoor lifestyle and maximise the city’s amazing subtropical climate and 300+ days of sunshine every year.

It will feature the equivalent of 12 football fields of public space including parkland, newly created river spaces, the iconic Sky Deck and an outdoor cinema.

It will also support a range of outdoor activities including kayaking, cycling and running routes.

A variety of themed experiences will offer authentic ‘Brisbane‘ moments, including an innovative heritage walk that highlights the city’s rich history.

The public spaces have been designed as a series of areas that can be used individually as well as link together to support major events and festivals.

Cultural Heritage

Overview

Preserving Brisbane’s Indigenous culture

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is a site of cultural significance for the Traditional Owners of the land.

To ensure the protection of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane’s Indigenous heritage, Destination Brisbane Consortium is committed to working on vital cultural aspects of the development with the Traditional Owners of the land – the Turrbal and Jagera people – as well as Queensland Elders and the wider Indigenous community.

Our consortium has developed a cultural heritage management plan that details the process for identifying, informing and handling items of cultural significance. 

Neville Bonner Bridge

Neville Bonner Bridge

Senator Neville Bonner AO – the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia – has been honoured with the precinct’s new pedestrian bridge to be named after him.

Born in 1922, Senator Neville Bonner AO was a great Indigenous leader and a strong advocate for Indigenous rights until his death in 1999.

One of the three non-heritage buildings that Destination Brisbane Consortium will demolish through the development is the Neville Bonner building named after him.

In August 2016, The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships hosted a cultural closure event of the building, where it was announced that the new pedestrian bridge would be named ‘The Neville Bonner Bridge’ to continue his legacy.

Our consortium was pleased to see Senator Bonner’s sole surviving son Alfred ‘Tiny’ Bonner, other Bonner family members and representatives of the Indigenous community attend the event.

The Neville Bonner Bridge will link both sides of the Brisbane River and connect directly to South Bank and Brisbane’s cultural precinct.

Previous Indigenous artwork and artefacts in the building have been relocated:

• The Neville Bonner ‘bust’ – a larger-than-life bronze sculpture — will be displayed at Queensland’s Parliament House until it is relocated to the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct once built.

• The Net, created by Barbara Heath, has been a feature of the Neville Bonner Building since the late 1990s. The Net will feature at 1 William Street from January 2017.

Health & Safety

Overview

Health and safety

Destination Brisbane Consortium will always put first the health, safety and welfare of its employees, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and the general public.

We will do this by:

•    Complying with all relevant occupational health and safety legislation.
•    Providing a safe and healthy work environment for our employees, contractors, subcontractors and visitors.
•    Ensuring regular consultation with our employees to make sure safety is a priority.
•    Taking appropriate actions to review and improve occupational health and safety performance.

Our approach is embraced by our people and driven by what our leaders say and do. 

Our employees, contractors, subcontractors, the state government and other stakeholders are actively encouraged to learn from each other’s experiences and share best practice.

Contractor Management

Managing principal contractors and subcontractors

Destination Brisbane Consortium will appoint reputable principal contractors to undertake construction, in accordance with a workplace health and safety management plan.

Safety statistic reporting and auditing measures will be used to ensure all principal contractors remain compliant during their contract.

Principal contractors will be responsible for ensuring systems are in place to monitor and review any subcontractors’ performance and compliance with health and safety obligations.