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One of the first completed pieces of Queen’s Wharf, which turned unloved spaces under Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway into vibrant community areas, has won a national award for excellence in public recreation spaces.
The Mangrove Walk, Waterline Park and 500-metre Bicentennial Bikeway upgrade were first opened to the public in October last year, as part of the $3.6 billion project.
Now the Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards has crowned the new waterfront areas as the winning project in the Best Public Recreational Facility category.
It’s a far cry from the area’s previous life as unloved car parks under the Riverside Expressway.
“We’re happy the award is there, but the real recognition is people using (the public space),” Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said.
“If you walk down there, there are people down there all the time.”
“It will get better in the next stages,” Mr Crooks said.
Construction company Multiplex delivered the project over an 18-month period.
“It’s a proud moment for the team who all contributed to the finished product,” Multiplex project manager Tyson Macdonald said.
“Ultimately the project was completed with great support of the public stakeholders and clients,” Mr Macdonald said.
Multiplex was recently awarded another contract for the fit-out of a further 12 football fields worth of public space within Queen’s Wharf, which is expected to be open by 2022.
Source: The Courier Mail