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Brisbane CBD To Be Transformed – Living Up To World City Title.

July 25, 2015 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Brisbane’s CBD and riverfront is set to be transformed and the city’s ambition to be seen as a world city, set to be fulfilled with the announcement yesterday by the Destination Brisbane consortium, which is made up of Echo Entertainment Group, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium, that it plans to build a massive new casino, hospitality and residential precinct in the heart of the CBD in Brisbane and on the city’s riverfront.

The massive redevelopment includes an arc-shaped building with a Singapore Marina Bay style sky deck as a major feature and includes five new hotels, three residential towers, 50 restaurants and bars and public space reported to be equivalent to about 12 football fields.

Echo CEO Matt Bekier said that the development is “transformational moment” for both his company and the city, adding that they have tried to not just take a design that has been tried somewhere else and drop it into Brisbane, adding, “What we’ve tried to do is engage with the community and a lot of people throughout Brisbane and throughout south-east Queensland to design something that is going to be a truly world-leading, integrated resort; something that captures the climate, the outdoor opportunities the things that are unique about Brisbane.”

image003With the development undoubtedly being instrument in Brisbane achieving its “world city” ambitions, it is also considered to have a very significant impact on the future of Brisbane as a leading Australian tourism destination and also have a national tourism impact.

State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said that the city’s gain will come with some pain, adding, “There is no doubt that this will have some impact to the traffic and pedestrian flows around the CBD of Brisbane, but I think it is going to be worthwhile”, “I think the people of Brisbane will understand this is a worthwhile project and these disruptions will be managed.”

Construction will start in 2017 and take around five years to complete.

In addition, Echo Entertainment also announced yesterday that it is moving its Australian headquarters to Brisbane.

The follow are details of the development provided by the Destination Brisbane Consortium


Treasury Building

Retail on the lower two floors

Ritz-Carlton Hotel on the upper two floors

 Queen’s Garden

Translucent atrium roof rises from the ground to mark the entrance to an underground mall, which connects to the new department store in the Treasury Building

 Ritz Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton brand comes to Brisbane in the refurbished heritage Lands Administration Building

 Undercurrent Village

Sound Garden performance stage area with interactive urban sculpture, water feature, seating and viewing terraces

“Wake Bar” heritage Morgue site providing alternative access between Queen’s Wharf Road and the riverfront

Velo cafe providing end-of-ride facilities, incorporating cafe, toilet/shower facilities and bike storage

Bicentennial bikeway upgrade from Victoria Bridge

“Flood proof” pop-up zones

 Miller Park

A tiered landscaped park that connects William Street to Queens Wharf Road

Elevator access is from William Street via a timber deck that is both an outdoor viewing platform and connection to the Aboriginal European Heritage Centre

 Queens Wharf Plaza

Waterfront plaza for cultural and lifestyle events such as food festivals, pop-ups, markets and marshalling areas for fun runs

Brisbane Festival interactive art installations

Big screen Live Site for outdoor viewing of sporting events and festivals

Queen’s Wharf – providing short stay berthing for private boats 

Printery Courtyard

The Printery and its courtyard for fresh food markets and outdoor dining

 The Landing

For events such as large outdoor food, art and lighting festivals plus recreation activities

Beach with direct river access and river ramp for kayaks and non-motorised craft

Riverside promenade and pop-up seafood bars

Water taxi landing

Vantage point for River Arena

 Integrated Resort

International and local hotel brands including Rosewood and Dorset, together with Echo’s VIP 6-star hotel and a Darling Hotel

Brisbane’s first six-star hotel located in the signature “Arc” building

Elevated “Horizon Deck” providing views over Brisbane, with resort-style recreation, dining options and space for functions and events

Moonlight Cinema offering gold class and outdoor rooftop cinemas, black-tie event space plus outdoor performances

New casino designed by IRD architects Steelman Partners


The Ritz-Carlton


The Darling


A new 6-star brand to the market

 Mansions Lane Residences

A fine dining and drinks precinct

 Waterline Park

Suitable for sporting events and competitions

Climbing wall

A dedicated lane for cyclists to link through the space from the City to the Bicentennial Bikeway via Alice Street

 Turbal Way Mangrove Walk

Incorporates the Maiwah Walk Indigenous interactive heritage trail

Exploratory trail with educational installations and interpretive signage

Bicentennial Bikeway as a dedicated 3.5m wide bike path

A series of landings and lookouts with shaded seating nooks

Launching facility for small non-motorised craft such as kayaks and canoes 

South Bank

A new 1500-1600 seat lyric theatre

A new pedestrian bridge, linking the Queen’s Wharf resort and South Bank is another option 

Source: Destination Brisbane Consortium

Written by John Alwyn-Jones

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