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THE first concrete was poured at Queens Wharf yesterday in another landmark for the Brisbane mega-development.
About 60 trucks came to and from the CBD riverfront site over the course of the day to deliver the first 400cu m of concrete to provide the foundations for the lift core of the integrated casino-resort at the heart of the $3.6 billion project.
“This is the first step in coming out of the ground,” Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said.
“It’s a momentous occasion.This is an exciting day on-site. I’ve been involved in the construction industry for more than 30 years, but I’m genuinely thrilled about today because it’s a milestone event in the journey of a project that will change the game for Brisbane and Queensland.”
Queen’s Wharf is expected to attract an extra 1.4 million tourists to the city.
But Mr Crooks said: “First and foremost this is about local enjoyment.
“When we are finished in four years’ time, it is going to be an exciting, vibrant part of the city and from a local viewpoint, there’s 50 bars and restaurants to enjoy.”
The concrete poured yesterday will support the lift core of the development’s tower three: the 27-storey The Star Grand Hotel, topped by the distinctive Sky Deck offering 360-degree views of the city.
About 150 workers have been employed on excavating the site — which occupies a tenth of the entire CBD area — for the year.
But now that construction has begun the numbers will ramp up.
“They will peak at around 2000 workers on-site in 2021,” Mr Crooks said.
Source: Courier Mail