The next section of Brisbane CBD public space is now taking shape out on the Brisbane River as the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf project continues construction towards a planned 2022 opening.
‘The Landing’ will become one of Brisbane’s most significant parks and is being built out over the river’s edge beyond the Riverside expressway, stretching almost 300 metres in length and providing new recreational and event space in the city centre.
Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said the new public space, coming to life from behind 1 William Street to the western end of the integrated resort structure, will provide a unique retreat for residents and visitors to enjoy the river and one of Brisbane’s most breathtaking views.
“Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is creating a destination people can use while enjoying Brisbane’s beautiful weather,” Mr Crooks said. “We’re doing that through the activation of what used to be an inaccessible section of the Brisbane River.
“The Landing will feature garden beds, trees, terraced seating on the river’s edge and lush lawns for people to enjoy with their families, and to accommodate future public events.
“The Landing will cover 6,500m2, suspended above the water, and 50 metres out from the river’s edge at its widest point, allowing the river to naturally flow underneath.
“To date, we have completed around 3200m2 of the suspended structure which, when finished, will connect the existing Mangrove Walk to the eastern end of the structure and provide a continuous river’s edge walk of more than 700 metres.
“Three barges have been operating since August 2019 installing steel piles and laying the suspended concrete platform that forms the base of the structure.
“The largest barge, the Darwin, is 80 metres long and will eventually move to the other side of the Brisbane River to help with the construction of the Neville Bonner Bridge.
“The two smaller barges will also undertake work to extend and improve the existing Finger Wharves beneath the Riverside Expressway, enabling future temporary vessel berthing facilities at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.”
The Landing will complement the first stage of public space that the Consortium opened in October 2019 that included Waterline Park, the 450metre Mangrove Walk and 500metres of upgraded Bicentennial Bikeway.
The Landing and wharf facilities are expected to open in late-2022 as part of the entire Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development.