TRANSFORMATIVE BRISBANE Are you ready for a billion-dollar Brisbane? Our city is experiencing its most transformative decade ever, writes Emmy-Lou McKean.
Queen’s Wharf Brisbane
WORK HAS BEGUN on the biggest developments in our city’s history. And it is safe to say the monumental reconstruction about to take place will transform Brisbane to a greater degree in the next five years than any changes have in the past five decades. With these major developments in the works, get ready for an injection of vigour into the laidback Brisbane lifestyle that will change the way we dine, socialise, shop and escape for the weekend. Queen’s Wharf Brisbane – a new world-class integrated resort development – is one of the projects predicted to put our city on the map as a tourism, leisure and entertainment destination. Today, Queens Wharf Brisbane is comprised of underused heritage buildings, obsolete government buildings and neglected riverfront land. But with 14
construction of the new $3 billion entertainment and lifestyle precinct, covering more than 26 hectares across land and water, the CBD and river’s edge will soon become a world-recognised destination. Queen’s Wharf Brisbane marks the site of the Brisbane’s first European settlement nearly 200 years ago. The new precinct, expected to open in 2022, will see the area’s many beautiful heritage properties revitalised and reactivated to blend Brisbane’s historic and contemporary architectural styles. The world-class precinct will offer 50 restaurants, cafés and bars, including hatted fine-dining restaurants, more than 1,000 premium hotel rooms operating under five brands that are new to Brisbane – including The Ritz-Carlton and The Star-branded hotels – a signature Arc building with
a dazzling elevated Sky Deck designed to offer 360-degree views of the river and city, and 2,000 new apartments. As well as this, the multibillion-dollar development will make better connections within the city by providing the CBD with a pedestrian bridge to South Bank, and creating pedestrian access underneath Elizabeth Street and Queen’s Park. It is in this location that Brisbane locals and tourists can enjoy up to 12 football fields of public space, including subtropical landscaped walking routes, a moonlight cinema and an impressive river arena for the hosting of light and water shows. The precinct’s construction period will create about 2,000 jobs while more than 8,000 jobs are predicted once the development is operational. It is also projected that Queensland will see an increase JUNE17