Destination Brisbane Consortium has submitted additional development plans for Queen’s Wharf – a multi-tower casino resort project along Brisbane’s waterfront – following an application for operational and demolition works in December 2016.
The master plan, led by US-based architecture and urban planning practice Jerde Partnership, will guide the design of a 27.5-hectare stretch of state-owned land on the riverfront opposite the South Bank precinct. Previous plans covered only nine hectares. The site is currently home to a number of historic government buildings and marks the place where Brisbane’s colonial history began.
The project would be the largest private sector development in Queensland, covering an area equivalent to almost 20 percent of the Brisbane city center, spread across 12 hectares over land and 15.3 hectares over water with a gross floor area of 386,660 square meters.
The master plan divides the site into four precincts for the development of the “integrated resort,” which includes a casino, five hotels, 50 bars and restaurants, and retail spaces. The development will also include up to 2,000 apartments and feature the adaptive reuse of heritage-listed government buildings, including the former Treasury Building (currently a casino), former Land Administration building (currently a hotel), and the former state library (currently offices).
Also included are a number of “priority development areas-related developments,” such as a pedestrian bridge, the Queen Street interface, and upgrades to the Turbot Street sewer. The proposal further features the “equivalent of 12 football fields of free public space.”
The development will occupy 36 existing lots and eight road reserves adjacent to the Queensland government’s new offices at 1 William Street and the Queensland parliament. The area includes 13 existing buildings ranging from two to 18 stories. Among them, eight are heritage-listed and will be retained, while four are slated for demolition. The development will also include a number of new buildings up to 67 stories in height.
Demolition of the non-heritage-listed buildings will take place throughout 2017. The integrated resort development is expected to be completed by 2022.
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