What a difference a year makes.
This time last year, Destination Brisbane Consortium was preparing to close William St and Queens Wharf Rd with the anticipation of things to come.
As at mid-December, the view down William St reveals just two levels of the Executive Building and a small piece of 80B George St remaining.
Project Director Simon Crooks said the demolition and service works package undertaken by Probuild had been implemented safely, effectively and to schedule.
“I would firstly like to thank residents, commuters and businesses that surround our site for their support this year. Many changes have taken place and we ask for your ongoing support as we construct the largest CBD development Brisbane has seen,” Mr Crooks said.
“Some of the highlights from our first year of construction include the safe removal of the Margaret St overpass with minimum weekend disruption to residents and traffic; and the demolition of non-heritage buildings previously occupied by government.
“The Neville Bonner Building was the first to undergo demolition after first safely securing the heritage-listed former DPI Building next door.
“Steel bracing was placed around the rear of the former DPI Building to provide extra rigour during the demolition, and it will remain in place to support the building during the extensive excavation works to come.
“Similar bracing was also placed on Harris Terrace on George St.
“With the majority of the demolition works completed our attention now turns to the excavation works that will commence in the first quarter of 2018.
“After a thorough selection process, Probuild was awarded the excavation tender. The work it had done with the demolition and services works package gave us extra confidence in the company’s ability.
“The site works in 2018 will all be below ground level. Probuild will demolish the old car parks and basements of the former government buildings that have been removed, and will then start shoring work ahead of deep excavation.”
Destination Brisbane Consortium will continue to work closely with traffic and transport authorities, the state government, and with the community by continuing to keep people informed about the progress of the development and any changes that may affect locals or visitors to Brisbane.
Anyone interested in seeing timelapse footage or site videos of progress is invited to visit our Facebook page www.Facebook/Queenswharfbrisbane. This page is updated regularly with interesting details about what is happening on the project.
The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Plan of Development has been approved by Economic Development Queensland subject to a number of conditions, which are currently being reviewed by Destination Brisbane Consortium.
We thank you for your support during 2017 and look forward to sharing progress with you again in 2018 as we enter the next phase of our transformational development.