Construction of the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (QWB) development has been given the first approval, with early works and demolition set to begin in the New Year.
“The development of this important 13.5 hectare riverfront site will change the face of Brisbane and kicking off the year with the first works for such a significant project is great news for the local economy.
“It’s out with the old and in with the new as we create space to accommodate the fantastic vision outlines in the QWB Priority Development Area development scheme,” said Acting Premier Curtis Pitt.
Mr Pitt also stated that the Queensland Government is expecting to support up to 2,000 jobs during the construction of this project as well as about 8,000 long-term jobs in tourism and hospitality which will promote further economic development for the future of the region.
According to Acting Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles, this important project milestone was vital to the city’s future as a global tourist destination. Dr Miles said that the vision for this precinct reflects the unique identity of Brisbane as well as Queensland because of its world-class architecture and sustainable urban design.
“Crucially, this approval protects our important heritage buildings so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.
“We also want to ensure that locals are looked after through construction which is why the approval includes measures to manage traffic, stormwater and noise as well as mandating sediment control and tree replacement,” Dr Miles said.
Demolition works on QWB development will include removing the Executive Building as well as 80 George Street and the Neville Bonner Building which are no longer required after the completion of 1 William Street.
Early works will include the following:
- Clearing of vegetation
- Installation of site fencing and advertising
- Relocation of services which includes water, electricity and gas
- Hoarding and monitoring of heritage buildings
- Minor excavation works
The project’s head contractor, the Destination Brisbane Consortium, announced on the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane official Facebook page that the successful demolition and early works contractor will be revealed shortly.
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