Pre-construction works begin in Queen's Wharf Brisbane Precinct

Sophia Rostron   |   February 3, 2016

Preliminary site investigation works for the multi-billion dollar Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development have begun, Destination Brisbane Consortium announced today.

Consortium partner, The Star Entertainment Group, joined Queensland’s Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham to view the first geotechnical drilling area under the Riverside Expressway.

The Star Entertainment Group CEO, Matt Bekier, said the early stage pre-construction works will occur throughout the riverfront area during 2016.

“These works will help us understand the ground conditions throughout the precinct, and inform the detailed design work that we will do this year before demolition and construction activities are expected to start in 2017,” Mr Bekier said.

“Preliminary investigations will continue throughout 2016 and include marine ecological surveys and thorough internal heritage-building inspections.”

While the geotechnical testing is only a small scale activity, they are important works ahead of the project starting next year.

“We are all looking forward to construction starting in 2017, and this activity puts us one step closer,” Mr Bekier said.

“The soil samples taken during this testing process will inform the engineering aspects of detailed design and how we manage future construction activities.”

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct marks the original site of European settlement in Brisbane more than 190 years ago. The area runs from the edge of the Brisbane River up to George Street, incorporating the city blocks running north to south from Queen Street to Alice Street.


Photo: Destination Brisbane Consortium 2014

The development will provide:

  • 12 football fields of enhanced public open space

  • a new pedestrian bridge from the CBD to South Bank

  • 50 new restaurants and bars

  • approximately 1100 additional hotel rooms

  • 2000 residential apartments

  • reactivation of some of the city’s most significant heritage buildings

  • more than 2000 construction jobs and 8000 operational jobs.


Photo: Destination Brisbane Consortium 2014

The preliminary investigation works are a normal pre-construction activity. The geotechnical drilling is expected to continue throughout February. Much of the testing will occur of a night, but will not require road closures. Road and pedestrian traffic management will be in place at all times.

The bulk of preliminary works will be undertaken by local firms including:

  • Bennett + Bennett - one of Queensland’s largest surveying and planning firms
  • Butler Partners - a Brisbane-based geotechnical, geo-environmental and groundwater consultancy with years of experience working in the Brisbane CBD.

Timeline for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development

  • Anticipated start of construction activities following completion of 1WS
  • Likely activities include the removal of non-heritage buildings, then start of underground car park construction


  • Commence foundations for core development area


  • Foundations, car park completed
  • Heritage work commences
  • Core development starts to take shape as construction progresses above ground 2021 
  • Internal fit out commences of IRD buildings


  • Opening of core integrated resort including hotels and all public realm areas
  • Conversion begins of Treasury building and beneath Queens Gardens to create a retail zone that links Queen Street Mall to the heart of the precinct


  • Anticipated opening of the repurposed Treasury building
The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) QLD  held a meeting in late November with Alison Smith, General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Star Entertainment Group and David Edwards, Projects Chief Executive at the Department of State Development to provide CCF members with the perfect opportunity to meet key contacts of the the Queen's Wharf project and discuss developments. Luckily, a few members of PlantMiner's team joined some 50 South East Queensland contractors and other interested parties for the private audience. 
So what did Alison Smith and David Edwards have to share? And more importantly, what opportunities are avilable during the construction phase? We've listed everything you need to know in our Queen's Wharf Development coverage
Author's Note: Destination Brisbane's full media statement can be read here
Sophia Rostron
As the Content editor at Felix (formerly PlantMiner), Sophia works behind the scenes to keep our blog machine in motion. A student of Law and Business, she's very dependent on coffee and loves any excuse to travel.

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