The Queensland Government has announced that Destination Brisbane Consortium – a group made up of Echo Entertainment, Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium has beaten Crown Casino in a bid to develop the lucrative Queens Wharf integrated resort.
After over a year of waiting, the decision has finally been called.
The iconic $2 billion+ project will be built along Brisbane’s North Bank and include the complete revitalisation of seven city grid squares – enveloping Queen, Elizabeth, William, Margaret and Alice Streets.
Mooted as the best integrated casino resort precinct in Australia, Brisbane’s economy will also receive a massive injection of 3,000 construction industry related jobs and 8,000+ ongoing jobs in hospitality, gaming and executive level jobs within Echo Entertainment which will be relocating it’s corporate head office to Brisbane.
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What this means for Brisbane:
- Iconic tourist attraction called the ARC Deck which will straddle across four new buildings
- The conversion of the treasury building into a boutique shopping centre which will include a new underground retail arcade linking to the new casino buildings
- 12 football fields of brand new public space
- 5 new hotel brands including a six star Ritz-Carlton and five star Rosewood, Dorsett Hotels
- 50 new bars and restaurants
- A new pedestrian bridge to South Bank
- A new 1,500-1,600 seat theatre complex in South Bank
- The world’s largest nightly water and light show
- Premium cinema, moonlight cinema and outdoor function area
- A comprehensive outdoor gym in Waterline Park, located between the waterfront and 1 William Street. A full and extensive range of active recreation facilities such as Nike/Adidas exercise and play equipment, in a contemporary landscape.
- Youth entertainment tech zone, 1500 seat ballroom, terrace, meeting rooms, gaming halls
- 3 new residential towers varying in heights
- 3 new hotel towers varying in heights
- Horizon lounge and resort skypools
- Heritage restoration of The Mansions (to include an up market tea house, dining, bar and serviced apartments), Harris Terrace (to include an artisan chocolatier, premium stationery & leather goods shop, perfumery and boutique office space), The Printery (to include markets, a gastro pub, cooking school, diamond resorts hotel suites, Former State Library (to include cafe, commercial space and information centre), Commissariat Building, DPI Building (to include a micro brewery, supper club, aboriginal art gallery), Treasury Hotel (to be transformed into a new Ritz Carlton Hotel), The Treasury Building (to be turned into a high end department store and hotel).
Queens Wharf Plaza
Brisbane’s newest urban waterfront plaza provides a large, open and highly flexible public events and gathering space. Dispersed throughout the Plaza are a variety of terraced seating areas providing small amphitheatre spaces enabling the Plaza to be fully integrated to host large scale public celebrations, as well as configured for multiple simultaneous localised events.
- Cultural and lifestyle events including food festivals, pop-ups, markets and marshalling areas for active recreation such as fun runs
- Water based recreation
- Brisbane Festival interactive art installations
- Big screen Live Site for showcasing outdoor viewing of sporting events and festivals
- Queen’s Wharf – providing short stay berthing for private boats
Extensively landscaped and redeveloped foreshore areas will provide the ‘urban edge’ to the precinct, and a point of interest and activation for a diverse range of visitors from tourists, locals, CBD workers through to QUT students. Small, engaging spaces will be created, which are pivotal in providing unique, personal experiences. These spaces are the touch and feel element – interactive, engaging and informal. Foreshore Inclusions
- Health & Fitness Zone
- Street Food Markets
- Seafood Markets
- Cyclery Cafe
- Canoe centre
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