National tier one construction company Probuild has been awarded the demolition and enabling works of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane by Destination Brisbane Consortium.
The project involves the removal of three non-heritage government buildings including Sir Joh's George Street Executive building (100 George Street, opened in 1971) and two other government buildings — 80 George Street and the Neville Bonner building in William Street. These buildings are already vacant due to the relocation of government staff. The three buildings will be demolished slowly and carefully, brick by brick, to allow for Brisbane’s new Queen’s Wharf redevelopment. The redevelopment will feature a new casino, restaurants, bars, hotels, apartments, a retail precinct and a new pedestrian bridge to South Bank.
State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham commented on the demolition process,
The demolition will start with an internal demolition and the public will see things happening probably about March or April. It’s going to be a slow demolition process with as little inconvenience as possible.”
It is still yet to be determined exactly which of the three buildings will be demolished first. It will take 12 months to carry out the painstaking process. The slow demolition process has been arranged to make sure that the nine heritage buildings nearby are protected. The heritage buildings will be sheltered and braced to ensure they are protected.
Probuild started work on 1 January 2017 under Demolition and Enabling Approval. The national tier one construction company will carry out various services including hoarding of the site, relocation works and soft strip-out of the non-heritage buildings marked for demolition, followed by the removal to ground level.
Queensland Managing Director of Probuild Peter Ward, announced that he was proud of his team who had worked long hours and met every deadline to obtain the winning tender.
We’re excited to start works in January and anticipate the demolition and enabling works will take most of 2017 to complete. Safety will be our highest priority and extra measures will be taken to assure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists within the proximity of Queen’s Wharf. All heritage buildings within the site will remain protected and secured. The project will have a flow on effect for the Queensland economy."
150 local jobs will be supported by Probuild to complete the demolition works. This key project will add to Probuild’s growing profile of major projects across Queensland.
Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier, stated that the excavation works would kick off in 2018 and take around 18 months to complete.
It will go down 30 metres into the ground. We will need that depth to get the car parks and solidity of the foundations right.” Mr Bekier said.
- 2017 - Construction kicks off after 1 William Street is completed. Including the demolition of non-heritage buildings, then the start of underground car parks.
- 2018 - Start foundations for core development area.
- 2019 - Foundations and car parks completed. Heritage work begins.
- 2020 - Core development starts to take shape and construction will begin above the ground.
- 2021 - Internal fit out begins of casinos and hotels.
- 2022 - Opening of Queen's Wharf Resort including the hotels and all public areas.
The casino development is pegged to create 2,000 jobs during the construction process.
William Street in the CBD was closed recently and will not reopen until 2022 when the project is expected to be completed. Queen’s Wharf Road will be closed permanently.
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