Massive growth in Brisbane’s CBD, brought on by major developments across the city, is set to almost completely transform the Queensland capital by 2022.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has described the year as a “game-changer” for the city, with a string of major projects set to be delivered in six years’ time.
Given the scale of the projects, it was clear that (barring any unforeseen construction difficulties) Brisbane in 2022 would be a very different city to the one seen today.
More than $10 billion worth of major projects were due to be completed in 2022, including the Queens Wharf casino and entertainment complex, the Howard Smith Wharves redevelopment and the Brisbane Quarter on the site of the old Supreme Court building.
“Projects of this size take years to come to fruition and we have been working on them behind the scenes for a long time,” Cr Quirk said.
“Well-considered planning over many years is now delivering.
“Several major projects and infrastructure works are moving forward at the same time and they will collectively change the face of the city.”
That change was demonstrated in graphic detail in images provided by Brisbane Marketing, which showed a city transformed by development from several angles.
The north bank of the Brisbane River will be dominated by two new developments – the $3 billion Queens Wharf precinct to the east and the $800 million Brisbane Quarter to the west.
The Brisbane Quarter will consist of an 82-storey residential tower, a 39-storey office building and the 32-storey W Brisbane Hotel.
Down river, under the Story Bridge, the long-mooted $100 million Howard Smith Wharves development would have taken shape by 2022.
The development will include a new events centre, public parkland and repurposed heritage buildings.
Howard Smith Wharves will also include a 164-room Art Series hotel, Brisbane’s second under that branding.
Add to those projects Brisbane Airport’s new $1.3 billion parallel runway, the $1.54 billion Brisbane Metro rapid transit system and a new $100 million cruise ship facility at Luggage Point and Cr Quirk said the city was in a position to capitalise on sustained economic growth.
“Greater Brisbane’s economy has seen rapid expansion,” he said.
“It’s now estimated to be worth $146 billion, which is almost half of Queensland’s economic output and is on track to reach $217 billion by 2031.”
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