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Disused riverside land in Brisbane’s CBD is set to be converted into public parkland, as part of the Queen’s Wharf project.
The consortium developing the $3.6 billion project, Destination Brisbane, announced on Tuesday that Multiplex was awarded a landscaping contract to convert swathes of riverside land into public space.
Destination Brisbane project director Simon Crooks said the contract was a “significant milestone” to develop an area the size of 12 football fields, including upgrades to existing parks, a new playground and amenities.
The Bicentennial Bikeway will also be upgraded, as will Queen’s Wharf Road, beginning in September.
Brisbane River’s edge, located between Margaret Street and the Victoria Bridge,” Mr Crooks
“The Riverline precinct will have a distinctly south-east Queensland subtropical character and
includes the landscaping of The Landing, a 6500 square metre green space that sits out along the river beyond the Riverside Expressway, soon to be completed by Probuild.
“We’ll plant 300 trees and close to 20,000 plants to transform what has been up to now a rather unattractive place to be.”
The Finger Wharves at the site will also be upgraded for temporary berthing, while a new cafe, bicycle workshop and end-of-ride facilities will also be included.
“Essentially, it will be an extension of stage one that we opened last year including Waterline
Park, Mangrove Walk and the upgraded bikeway, which has been embraced by Brisbane,” Mr Crooks said.
Fit-out on levels two or seven of the Podium, the major central building in the Queen’s Wharf project, is included in the Multiplex contract.
Mr Crooks said the fit-out included retail and restaurant areas and from next year the podium levels would be visible rising beside the Riverside Expressway.
“The Podium will contain restaurants, luxury and high-end retail, the world-glass gaming area
that will replace the Treasury casino, 2000-seat capacity ballroom and recreation deck and
pools, all of which will be fitted out later,” he said.
Multiplex regional director David Redding said the company was pleased to have further work on the project.
“We are currently finishing off the five 20,000-square-metre car park levels and two back-of-house levels under William Street,” he said.
“To date around 4500 tonnes of reinforcing steel has gone into the IRD basements and around an Olympic swimming pool worth of concrete each month.”
Source: Brisbane Time