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20,000 plants to deliver a subtropical playground at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane

Destination Brisbane Consortium has revealed 300 trees and close to 20,000 plants will feature in a major landscaping project as part of the transformational Queen’s Wharf development in the heart of the CBD.

The contract to create a significant amount of the public realm as part of the multi-billion-dollar project and to fit out recreational areas of the integrated resort has been awarded to global construction company Multiplex.

The appointment will see previously deserted and disused riverfront areas undergo a beautification program aligned with works already completed, and the delivery of green spaces on the podium level of the integrated resort.

“This represents a significant milestone in the delivery of much of the 12 football fields of public space that the projected 1.39 million visitors to Queen’s Wharf each year will enjoy,” said DBC Project Director Simon Crooks.

Mr Crooks said the works that will begin in September include upgrading the Bicentennial Bikeway and Queens Wharf Road, rejuvenating existing heritage areas and constructing a new playground, public amenities and landscaping along the Brisbane River.

“Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Riverline precinct represents a vibrant new public space along the Brisbane River’s edge, located between Margaret Street and the Victoria Bridge,” Mr Crooks said.

“The Riverline precinct will have a distinctly South-East Queensland subtropical character and includes the landscaping of The Landing a 6,500 m2 green space that sits out along the river beyond the Riverside Expressway, soon to be completed by Probuild.

“We’ll plant 300 trees and close to 20,000 plants to transform what has been up-to-now a rather unattractive place to be.

“Queens Wharf Road will be upgraded with stone finishes and a significant makeover of the Finger Wharves including a lateral wharf joining three wharves for temporary berthing.

“New public amenities including a café, bicycle workshop and end of ride facilities, cascading water features and the rejuvenation of Miller Park will be features of the works.

“Essentially it will be an extension of stage one that we opened last year including Waterline Park, Mangrove Walk and the upgraded bikeway, which has been embraced by Brisbane.”
Early works to transform the remaining 500 metres of Riverline public space will start in September.

As well as the public space along the river the contract also includes the fit out of levels two to seven of the podium including retail, event and recreation green space that sits atop the podium.

“From next year the podium levels will be clearly visible as Multiplex begins to build the retail, and events spaces that sit above the William Street hotel entries and Porte Cocheres,” Mr Crooks said.

“The Podium will contain restaurants, luxury and high-end retail, the world-glass gaming areathat will replace the Treasury casino, 2000 seat capacity ballroom and recreation deck and pools, all which will be fitted out later.

Multiplex Regional Director David Redding said Multiplex is pleased to be delivering another component of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.

“It’s a great outcome for Multiplex to be awarded a third package on this iconic project – it’s a testament to the work we have already done at Queen’s Wharf,” Mr Redding said.

“The first stage of Queen’s Wharf, Waterline Park and the Mangrove Walk was completed by Multiplex and was opened to the public in October last year.

“We are currently finishing off the five 20,000m2 car park levels and two back of house levels under William Street.

“To date around 4,500 tonnes of reinforcing steel has gone into the IRD basements and around an Olympic swimming pool worth of concrete each month.”

The $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is being delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium – a joint venture led by The Star Entertainment Group alongside its Hong Kong based partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium.

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will transform the CBD with four new luxury hotels, more than 50 new bars and restaurants, 2,000 residential apartments and the equivalent of 12 football fields of public space when the development is complete.

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