Works begin to build the first bridge in the Brisbane River in more than a decade

This year our Queen’s Wharf Brisbane team will commence the exciting task of building a key piece of infrastructure that will directly connect our world-class tourism and leisure precinct to all the action of Brisbane’s celebrated arts and cultural precinct, South Bank.

The Neville Bonner Bridge will become the first bridge across the Brisbane River in more than a decade and will be operational when the development opens, expected in late-2022.

As a cable-stayed pedestrian-only bridge, supported by one pylon, it will stretch 325 metres from the retail, food, and beverage level of our $3.6 billion integrated resort to the cultural forecourt next to The Wheel of Brisbane.

In the coming months, site establishment activities will commence at South Bank, in the area near The Wheel of Brisbane.

Importantly, access to The Wheel and all other businesses in the vicinity will remain a priority.

Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said significant time and meticulous planning had been used to develop the construction management plans for the work occurring at South Bank.

“Throughout our construction, we have placed a huge importance on working with our near neighbours and key stakeholders to ensure minimal disruption for businesses, pedestrians, cyclists, as well as continued access for vehicles,” Mr Crooks said.

“The Neville Bonner Bridge was aptly named to honour the life and legacy of Australia’s first Indigenous parliamentarian, Neville Bonner, and symbolically links Aboriginal and European culture.

“Directly, it will connect the CBD with Brisbane’s main cultural attractions including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Bank Parklands, and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“Finally, it will also provide an alternative to Victoria Bridge, and will help ease pedestrian congestion on the existing cycling routes across the nearby Goodwill and Kurilpa Bridges.”

Meanwhile, maritime work is continuing to progress in the Brisbane River for the suspended slab that will become a vibrant new riverfront space, ‘The Landing’.

When completed, The Landing will provide 6,500m2 of green space suitable for a range of community uses.

Piling works started in August and is progressing well with more than half the total piles installed, along with 45 per cent of the pre-cast supporting beams.

Together, the Neville Bonner Bridge, The Landing, and associated maritime works at North Quay is expected to open as part of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort in late-2022.

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane’s Priority Development Area represents approximately 10 per cent of the Brisbane CBD, covering 24 hectares over land and water, with built form occupying a total of 12 hectares.

The 12 hectares is being brought to life through a staged creation of more than 12 football fields of public realm, including the pedestrian-only Neville Bonner Bridge.

Last year saw the successful opening of some of this new public space including Waterline Park, the 500-metre upgraded section of bikeway, and Mangrove Walk.

As the development moves into its fourth year of construction, this year’s key focus areas of the Neville Bonner Bridge and The Landing will see construction activity take place across multiple sites.

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