Construction works start on Howard Smith Wharves revitalisation project
Construction is yet to start on the long-awaited $110 million development of Brisbane’s last remaining city wharf, but it has already attracted bookings from eager residents.
In December, 2015, Brisbane CIty Council approved the Howard Smith Wharves project beneath the Story Bridge.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the waterfront development could bring exciting opportunities to the city.
“Good things come to those who wait,” Cr Quirk said.
“When the product is completed I think people will say, yes this is a good outcome for Brisbane.
“What we’ve seen with this development is what we see in a lot of spaces where this is often a bit of fear of the unknown and when it’s developed people will say well it wasn’t as bad as we thought, in fact it’s very good for Brisbane.”
The redevelopment of the 3.43 hectare site will feature a luxury hotel, park and public open spaces.
“This development, undertaken by successful tenderer The Howard Smith Wharves Consortium, will deliver a five star, 164-room Art Series Hotel as well as parkland, a 1500 square metre exhibition space, restaurants and bars,” Cr Quirk said.
“The existing heritage-listed buildings will form a feature of the redevelopment and, once meticulously restored, will become home to lively river’s edge restaurants, bars, a craft brewery and function spaces.”
The first works towards the redevelopment of the Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation project are expected to start this week.
Key features of Howard Smith Wharves project:
- A dining, retail and tourism centre utilising the existing heritage-listed buildings.
- New public open spaces that may be used for markets and festivals.
- 164 rooms in a five-star Art Series Hotel.
- A hotel facade that blends into the cliff face with natural tones and textures to keep the iconic Story Bridge as the main focus.
- Underground car park for 359 vehicles.
- 33 employee bicycle spaces and a further 50 bicycle spaces for visitors throughout the parkland.
- Parkland and public open spaces including lifts linking the site to the top of the cliffs.
- A 1500 square metre exhibition space.
HSW Consortium director Adam Flaskas said it had been a long journey to get to the start of 18 month construction phase.
“We’ve already started taking bookings for events,” Mr Flaskas said.
He said they had taken a “large number” of bookings for the convention and event spaces and that they had started to hold spots for potential customers.
“Waterfront event and exhibition spaces will be capable of hosting functions of over 1000 people, with glass walls revealing views up along each bend of the Brisbane River and up to the Story Bridge,” Mr Flaskas said.
HSW Consortium will have overall responsibility for the entire site and is responsible for the design and construction of the park and open space areas, while the hotel development and operation will be undertaken by the Deague Group.
Access through the site to Riverwalk will remain open at all times during construction.
Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018.