Brisbane is experiencing its most transformative decade ever. The monumental changes about to take place will see our city transform more in the next five years than it has in the past five decades.
Although Sydney and Melbourne will maintain their status as Australia’s major cities, Brisbane will emerge from their shadow with these 5 game-changing developments.
The Queens Wharf Brisbane precinct is predicted to be one of the biggest transformations in the city’s history. Although it won’t be completed for another five years, construction has begun and will change the face of Brisbane forever. Not only is the work creating 8000 jobs, the multibillion-dollar project will meet the increased demand for inner-city living.
Once work on the precinct is completed in 2022, Queens Wharf will offer a public space the size of 12 football fields, five new hotels – including the Ritz Carlton and a Star Casino – 50 bars, restaurants and cafes, a luxury retail department store and an entertainment facility complete with Skydeck platform.
Brisbane is about to get its very own slice of New York. On a site with close ties to the city's naval history, the $50 million luxury residential project TriBeCa Terraces will bring 53 multilevel terrace houses on to the market. The site, currently occupied by a self-storage facility, housed a naval warehouse during World War II and was later used to store downed military aircraft recovered from the battlefield by Allied forces.
Setting the benchmark in residential quality, TriBeCa Terraces has been inspired by New York’s popular urban neighbourhood of TriBeCa and designed for the sophisticated Queensland lifestyle. Just around the river bend from the CBD, and a short walk to Bulimba’s dining and retail hub, this 6827sq m development opens to both Banya and Johnston streets.
A site that housed a large shipping company and water-police headquarters in the 1960s will soon be transformed into a riverside lifestyle precinct. Sitting underneath the landmark Story Bridge, the Howard Smith Wharves project will connect the New Farm Riverwalk with the CBD. Although it’s not due for completion until 2020, the precinct will become a recreational destination featuring restaurants, parks and a 15,000sq m exhibition space. Existing heritage buildings on site will house markets, festivals and exhibitions. As well as dining and entertainment options, the Howard Smith Wharves project is set to offer water-based activities and berthing options, making it the perfect destination for inner-city residents and visitors alike.
The likes of Adele and Justin Bieber will have a new home for any sell-out performances in the future with the building of a 17,000-seat entertainment arena. The $2 billion Brisbane Live Entertainment Arena will be built over the rail lines at Roma Street. In the long term, the nearby Brisbane Transit Centre will be demolished to make way for up to 4000 apartments, hotels, a dining precinct and parks.
While we await these developments, there is one project slated for completion in March 2018. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will debut its W Hotels brand in Brisbane. W Brisbane is expected to open at 300 George Street from March. It will have 305 guestrooms, 25 suites and a presidential suite known as the Extra Wow Suite. The hotel will also offer three restaurants and bars, a pool bar and the hotel’s signature W Lounge.
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