Mid-year project update

Mid-year project update

  • Cross River Rail

    Cross River Rail

    • Status: On track
    • Due: 2024
    • Progress summary: The construction contract between the State Government and the Pulse consortium for the almost $3 billion public-private partnership to build the project’s rail tunnel and new stations was signed at the end of June, while latest concepts have been released for new stations including Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street. Contractors are expected to establish a site presence from late 2019.
    • Milestones: 6.5ha site cleared at Woolloongabba as staging site for Tunnel Boring Machine.
    • Did you know: 7700 jobs in total will be created with an average of 1500 jobs each year and up to 3000 jobs in the most intensive year of construction.
  • New cruise ship terminal

    New cruise ship terminal

    • Status: On track
    • Due: Late 2020
    • Progress summary: Construction is well under way on both the wharf and the terminal building, including the installation of 105 45-long piles for the wharf structure. Building ground improvements for the terminal include installation of about 2000 controlled modulus columns requiring approximately 4000 cubic metres of concrete.
    • Milestones: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk turns the first sod on construction of the $158m project.
    • Did you know: It was reported in June that cruise liner bookings for the new terminal’s first season are already approaching 200.
  • Queen's Wharf

    Queen's Wharf

    • Status: On track
    • Due: 2024
    • Progress summary: The first of 10 tower cranes is installed in June as work shifts from excavation to construction including the main integrated casino resort building with its eye-catching arc-shaped and the iconic 100m-high Sky Deck, three high-rise towers to house luxury hotels, eventually providing more than 1000 rooms plus dining and retail facilities.
    • Milestones: Work begins on the Waterline Park and Goodwill Extension area upgrade that will include the transformation of a 500m stretch of the Bicentennial Bikeway and a 450m walkway above the Brisbane River.
    • Did you know: When excavation is complete at the end of July more than 400,000 cubic metres of rubble will have been removed.
  • Howard Smith Wharves

    Howard Smith Wharves

    • Status: Complete
    • Due: 2018
    • Progress summary: It’s been a massive six months for Brisbane’s hottest new destination for dining, lifestyle and entertainment with the official opening of the brand new Art Series Fantauzzo Hotel in March, starring on MasterChef Australia.
    • Milestones: HSW has hosted more 200 events since opening late last year.
    • Did you know: One of HSW’s most popular venues Felons Brewing Co poured an entire month’s supply of limited edition ale in just three days, over the festive season.
  • Airport's new runway

    Airport's new runway

    • Status: On track
    • Due: Mid-2020
    • Progress summary: "Take-off" is getting closer for the biggest aviation project in Australia with construction of the runway, taxiways and broader airfield continues. Along with the runway construction comes a multitude of other unique features such as the installation of jet blast screens above the Dryandra Rd underpass and the first 100% Cat 1 LED runway approach lighting system in the Southern Hemisphere.
    • Milestones: Application of asphalt - the final layer of the runway's pavement – started in July. Over the next three months, more than 100,000 tonnes of aircraft-grade asphalt will be placed on top of the runway's 2.5m of compacted sand and 600mm layer of fine crushed rock.
    • Did you know: Landscaping for the new airport, which includes all areas around the runway and taxiways, will include 300ha... the equivalent of 269 Suncorp Stadiums.
  • Brisbane Showgrounds

    Brisbane Showgrounds

    • Status: On track
    • Due: 2019 (Stage 3)
    • Progress summary: Now in its ninth year, the $2.9b 15-year Brisbane Showgrounds regeneration project has reached Stage 3 including Building 8, King Street Carpark and 25 King while Brisbane gelato icon La Macellaria and CAMS Cycling Collection now call King St home.
    • Milestones: Alexandria Park is completed in April.
    • Did you know: The beams inside Building 8 feature an historical timeline of the 142-year-old Ekka.
  • Herston Quarter

    Herston Quarter

    • Status: On track
    • Due: 2020 (Stage 1)
    • Progress summary: Construction of the new 184-bed Specialist, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) centre which fronts Herston Rd is well under way, along with the Spanish Steps, while development applications for the restoration and re-use of the significant heritage buildings within the 5ha precinct are currently being assessed by Economic Development Queensland.
    • Milestones: The south side of the STARS building was topped out in March, while internal painting started in June.
    • Did you know: As of March this year, an average of 290 workers have been on-site each day while more than 175,000 cubic metres of stone has been excavated and disposed of to the new airport runway.
  • Brisbane Metro

    Brisbane Metro

    • Status: Delayed
    • Due: 2023
    • Progress summary: Contracts for the massive public transport project are on hold while design for the Cultural Centre precinct is redone. The underground station will now have to be built under the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Some early works have begun including intersection upgrades at South Brisbane and the CBD as well as preliminary site investigations along the Metro alignment. The tender process for the Rochedale Depot is under way while three firms have been shortlisted to build the Metro vehicles with the winner to be announced soon.
    • Milestones: Draft vision for the Adelaide St transformation is released.
    • Did you know: The Metro will use 60 trackless rubber-tyred metro vehicles, each with a capacity of 150 passengers, along two routes.
  • Brisbane Quarter

    Brisbane Quarter

    • Status: On track
    • Due: Late 2021 (Final Stage)
    • Progress summary: Just over a year since the 5-star W Hotel opened its doors to guests, the Brisbane Quarter has become the energetic heart of North Quay with world-class accommodation, dining and shopping. Construction on the 40-storey office tower at 300 George is set for completion at the end of the year, while its glimmering neighbour, the 84-floor ‘’The One Residences’’ is making steady progress with completion expected to be in October 2021.
    • Milestones: The W Hotel, Brisbane’s first new five-star hotel in two decades, celebrates its first birthday.
    • Did you know: The One will tower over Brisbane’s skyline at 274m when complete.
  • Southpoint


    • Status: Complete
    • Due: Late 2018
    • Progress summary: With the boutique 142-suite Emporium Hotel at its heart, the $600m Southpoint project includes The Apartments which were completed in 2017 and the Flight Centre commercial tower which was completed a year earlier.
    • Milestones: The Emporium Hotel turns one in July.
    • Did you know: A local buyer paid $5.4m for one of the luxury residences in The Apartments – a 380sqm suite with 20m city-facing terrace.
  • Eagle St Waterfront Precinct

    Eagle St Waterfront Precinct

    • Status: Stage 2 of Market Led Proposal assessment
    • Due: 2026
    • Progress summary: Dexus is at Stage 2 of its $1.5b proposal to transform Eagle St including two new towers, retail, accommodation and dining. The MLP framework has four stages - preliminary assessment, initial proposal, detailed proposal and final binding offer.
    • Milestones: In March 2018, the State Government gave the green light to Dexus to progress to the next stage of its proposal.
    • Did you know: 740 construction jobs per year will be created if the project goes ahead.
  • Northshore


    • Status: On track
    • Due: 2035 (Final Stage)
    • Progress summary: Queensland’s biggest waterfront urban renewal project continues to transform the Hamilton reaches of the Brisbane River and derelict wharves into a vibrant lifestyle and urban hub. In 2016 Economic Development Queensland began a review of the Priority Development Area scheme which is likely to result in some amendments to the project following consultation with community and stakeholders.
    • Milestones: 2023 will mark a century since Brisbane’s old working wharves were established on the site of Northshore.
    • Did you know: 16,000 plants will feature in the refurbished Hercules St Park.
  • Gabba precinct

    Gabba precinct

    • Status: TBC
    • Progress summary: In May last year the State Government revealed the Gabba redevelopment masterplan vision which includes an elevated pedestrian bridge and plaza with direct links to the Cross River Rail station. Along with the planned completion of the Woolloongabba station by 2024, the surrounding areas would be turned into landscaped gardens with big screens positioned throughout. Improvements in street furniture, as well as public transport points, are also proposed.
    • Milestones: In June, the State Budget included $35m in funding to upgrade public, corporate and media facilities in the stadium.
    • Did you know: After losing last summer’s opener, the first Ashes cricket Test will return to the Gabba in 2021.
  • West Village

    West Village

    • Status: On track
    • Due: 2023
    • Progress summary: When the Peters Ice Cream factory opened in the late 1920s it shaped the character of West End. Nine decades later, West Village developer Sekisui House's is re-shaping the site inspired by the importance of open green space and sustainability. Following the restoration of the heritage-listed ice cream factory, Stage 1 including the Lexington and Park residential buildings with 329 apartments, was completed late last year, while Stage 2A proposes two 15-storey towers at Mollison St and Boundary Rd, West End.
    • Milestones: The Garden Pantry casual dining precinct and The Common public realm opened in October 2018.
    • Did you know: The first full-line Woolworths supermarket in West End in 20 years will open in 2020.