John Holland appointed to deliver Stage 1 of $2bn Waterfront Brisbane

Monica Gameng   |   July 12, 2022
Artist impression of the waterfront (cr: Waterfront Brisbane)

The first stage of the $2.1 billion Waterfront Brisbane development in Queensland will soon be under construction following the appointment of John Holland to deliver this transformative project. 

The once-in-a-generation project by Dexus will revitalise the existing Waterfront Place and Eagle Street Pier precinct and turn it into a world-class tourist and business destination. 

“This project will deliver an outstanding commercial and entertainment precinct for Brisbane as it emerges as one of Australia’s future cities. 

“We look forward to creating an iconic precinct that will breathe new life into this prime riverside location, while attracting new investment and local and international tourists,” John Holland CEO Joe Barr said. 

Eagle-St-Oct-21-Waterfront-Place-Pavilion-–-Outdoor-Rev-E2021-12-17-1536x813View from Mary Street (source: Waterfront Brisbane)

Waterfront Brisbane is going to be delivered in two stages with the first stage expected to begin construction this year and be completed in 2027. 

The overall project will include: 

  • Two new towers with a combined 120,000-SQM of office space 
  • An enhanced retail offering 
  • Substantial improvements to the riverwalk 
  • Large public plazas opening on to the river 
  • A widening of the riverwalk to at least six metres of the full length of the site 
  • Ramping to allow cyclists ease of access to street level 

Eagle-St-Oct-21-Riverwalk-Rev-F-scaledArtist impression of Creek Street (source: Waterfront Brisbane)

Stage 1 of Waterfront Brisbane will deliver the North Tower that comprises of about 72,500-SQM NLA of premium-grade office space, new Riverwalk and public realm, and new integrated retail areas. 

“Our clients trust us with the complex and unconventional. We provide Dexus with a combination of marine and building construction expertise supported by a team that knows live operational environments through working on major CBD projects across our building, rail and infrastructure businesses. 

“We invest in our client’s success, and from the very beginning our team has taken the time to understand what is important to Dexus,” John Holland Executive General Manager Building & Development David Lehmann said. 

Mr Lehmann added that the project will set a global standard in sustainable construction and outcomes, aiming for a 6-Star Green Star Buildings V1 rating as well as a 5.5-Star Energy NABERS rating, 4.5-Star Water and 4-Star Waste. The project also targets a WELL Core Gold certification and a Climate Active Carbon Neutral Building certification. 

Waterfront Brisbane is anticipated to support up to 1,000 jobs over the next decade during the project’s construction phase and an additional 900 jobs once operational. 

Source: John Holland; Waterfront Brisbane; The Urban Developer 

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Monica Gameng
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