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Probuild awarded biggest excavation job in Queensland’s History


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Posted by Stephanie Baker

Destination Brisbane Consortium has announced that Probuild is the successful tenderer for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development excavation works package.

Demolition work is nearing completion for the $3 billion development and according to Simon Crooks, Destination Brisbane Consortium Program Director, this undertaking will be the largest city-based excavation project to occur in Queensland.

The future Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development basement requires more than 450,000 cubic metres of materials to be removed.

The Myer Centre basement excavation is the closest comparison which previously held the record at 375,000 cubic metres.

“The scale of excavation for the site was unprecedented for a Queensland city centre,” Mr Crooks said.

Mr Crooks added that the decision was finalised after following a competitive tender process and a rigorous assessment period.

“Probuild is a national company with experience in delivering some of the state’s largest construction projects,” he said.

“We have now worked with them first hand through the demolition work they are currently undertaking and have confidence in their ability to seamlessly execute on the excavation works package.”

Excavation work will approximately take 18 months and will be followed by foundation work.

“To be involved again, in the state’s biggest-ever CBD basement retention and excavation project, is an achievement for Probuild,” Probuild Queensland Managing Director Jeff Wellburn said.

“Queens Wharf is an important part of our city’s history and we’re proud to be delivering the next stage of it.” Mr Wellburn said.

The $3 billion Queen’s Wharf development will be delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium and cover more than 26 hectares across land and water.

Queen’s Wharf on completion will feature 50 new restaurants and bars, more than 1,000 premium additional hotel rooms and 2,000 residential apartments. In addition, it will reactivate some of the city’s most significant heritage buildings and provide more than 2,000 jobs during peak construction and 8,000 operational jobs.

Additional key features for the project include a 100 metre-high Sky Deck, 12 football fields of public space and new pedestrian bridge from the CBD to South Bank.

Earlier this year, work began to demolish three former government buildings, inclusive of the architecturally-significant Neville Bonner building.

The core development of the project is the basement excavation which will be completed in 2022 and provide thousands of carparks that provide direct access to the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct.

Excavation work is expected to begin in early 2018.

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Sources: The Urban Developer

Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker

As PlantMiner's Marketing Coordinator, Steph has an array of experience covering industry projects and works on creating and maintaining content for our blog so you are receiving the most relevant project and industry news.