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Minor Change Application Submitted for Dexus’ Waterfront Brisbane

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Artist's impression of Waterfront Brisbane development by Dexus

Brisbane’s golden triangle is about to get a new centrepiece development, with Dexus lodging a development application for Waterfront Brisbane, a complete redevelopment of the existing Eagle Street Pier site in Brisbane’s CBD.

4 months ago22/02/24 at 9:01 AM

Minor Change of Approved Application

Proposed minor updates on retail podium facades
Proposed minor updates on retail podium facades

New documents have been uploaded for the approved Waterfront Brisbane development application. These changes include:

• Minor change to reconfigured facade line of the front F&B building perimeter

• Minor change to podium level glazing fins to provide more shade and suit structural landscape requirements

Proposed minor change to podium glazing fins

• Proposed minor change to Market Hall entry to improve line of sight

Proposed changes to Market Hall entry

• Proposed slight change to the tower building facade

Proposed minor tower facade change

• Change to Eagle Street awning cover to better integrate with glazing design

Proposed building awnings

• Proposed addition of wind mitigation screen near North Tower entry

Diagram of wind mitigation screens

• Council was concerned about the removal of two F&B tenancies on the Eagle Street side of the building, meaning there is only one F&B tenancy now proposed for the Eagle Street frontage. Dexus wants to replace one with a Deloitte lift lobby. The other has disappeared from the southern end.

• Slight increase of tower cover from 27.5% to 27.7% and slight decrease of site cover by 48.0% to 47.6%.

• An additional building level added to the towers. New heights are North Tower: 238.34m
South Tower: 214.11m

Waterfront Brisbane North Tower Deloitte Facade

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Full analysis: Dexus lodges new ‘Waterfront Brisbane’ CBD proposal

Originally published: 18th June, 2020 at 3:03 PM

Designed by Fjmt and Arkhefield, the proposed Waterfront Brisbane precinct involves the development of two commercial towers, 43 & 49 storeys high and a combined mixed-use podium set above the ground plane and riverwalk levels.

The proposed development weaves together the city grid and the river’s edge to create a new intersection at the convergence of Creek and Mary Streets.

According to the architects, the vision for Waterfront Brisbane is to transform and revitalise the existing site into a “premier mixed-use precinct that capitalises on Brisbane’s subtropical lifestyle and leading business destination.”

Artist’s impression of Waterfront Brisbane development by Dexus

Developer Dexus hopes that Waterfront Brisbane will offer a riverside experience that will re-invigorate currently underutilized City and Rivers edge spaces for a broader community and economic benefit, with a total project value of $2.1 billion.

Artist’s impression of Waterfront Brisbane development by Dexus
Artist’s impression of Waterfront Brisbane development by Dexus
Artist’s impression of Waterfront Brisbane development by Dexus

Development Rundown:

  • Over 9,000sqm of public realm areas through varying levels over the site which is said to enhance accessibility and connectivity between Riverwalk and City streets;
  • Landscaped open space at ground and podium levels contributing to the amenity and comfort of public realm spaces;
  • Over 20% of the City Reach Riverwalk corridor, being approximately 280m of integrated and activated Riverwalk with an average width of 10m;
  • A total area of 2,641sqm of Riverwalk which includes 1,597sqm of unobstructed Riverwalk pedestrian and movement corridor path and 1,044sqm of activated, embellished and integrated low-scale active uses Riverwalk level;
  • Improved equitable and cyclist access points to the northern and southern reaches of the site providing increased linkages, arcades, widened footpaths and connections through the site from all adjacent City streets;
  • Enhanced views and vantage points from public realm areas to important heritage buildings, Kangaroo Point Cliffs and Story Bridge;
  • Premium grade commercial office towers increasing the City’s office supply with a range of retail, dining, entertainment, lifestyle and recreational opportunities.
  • Uses: Bar, Centre activities (Food and drink outlet, Function facility, Indoor sport and recreation, Office and Shop), Hotel
  • North Tower GFA (stage 1): 75,331sqm
  • South Tower GFA (stage 2): 59,999sqm
  • Podium GFA: 9,860sqm
  • Total GFA: 145,190sqm
  • Hours of operation: Unlimited hours of operation
  • North Tower building height (stage 1): RL 238m and 49 storeys
  • South Tower building height (stage 2): RL 212m and 43 storeys
  • Podium building height: RL 26.45m and 4 storeys setback 3m from front boundary
  • Site cover: 9,919sqm or 44.5%
  • Tower site cover: 6,300sqm or 28.2%
  • Setback to river boundary: 10.5m to building line – low scale tenanted spaces 14.5m – podium 34m – tower
  • Setback to Riverwalk: 0m to OMP – low scale tenanted spaces 13m to building line and OMP – tower
  • Riverwalk width: 6m– 18m, with an average of 10m
  • Eagle Street setback: 3.15m to building wall and OMP
  • Landscaped outdoor space: 12,608sqm or 56.5%
  • Car parking and visitor, motorcycle and bicycle: 454 total vehicle spaces, 12 motorcycle spaces, 934 bicycle spaces
Proposed Waterfront Brisbane within the context of Brisbane CBD

A series of new public spaces

Diagram of the proposed Waterfront Brisbane precincts


Artist’s impression of proposed new Riverwalk as part of Waterfront Brisbane

The Riverwalk is a north-south spine of the proposal and broader City Reach Masterplan that involves the delivery of a new Riverwalk, averaging 10m in width, with a 6m wide unobstructed thoroughfare, 274m long and more than 2,640sqm in the area at river level, excluding retail and river activation.

The proposed Riverwalk represents 20% of the City Reach Waterfront area, which is undergoing a new master plan by the Brisbane City Council.

At the river level, food and drink outlets, as well as kiosk shops, are proposed along the edge of the Riverwalk to promote pedestrian activation. The kiosks are intended to be utilised for ticketing and sales associated with the future CityCat terminal and planned pontoons.

A boutique shop (supermarket) is proposed within the ground floor level recessed behind a food and drink outlet to ensure an active interface with the Riverwalk is maintained. The supermarket will be accessed via a lobby from the Riverwalk and via public lifts from the ground floor plaza level.

Artist’s impression of Riverwalk as part of Waterfront Brisbane development

River Terraces

Artist’s impression of Waterfront Terraces as part of Waterfront Brisbane

According to the architects, the Waterfront Terraces respond to the overarching conceptual strategy of having significant greening toward the southern end of the site. “As one moves toward the Botanic Gardens, the Riverwalk gradually becomes less urban in character.”

The Waterfront Terraces aim to create a soft, green transition between the new retail buildings to the base of Waterfront Place and the Riverwalk. The terraces blend with the adjacent Market Steps creating a series of shaded, outdoor meeting spaces for both the public and office workers to occupy.

The linear expression of the terraces is extended into the architecture of the new retail buildings on the upper level, which themselves are heavily landscaped.

Carefully integrated food and beverage offerings are proposed at Riverwalk level further activate this section.

Artist’s impression of the outdoor dining area in front of Waterfront Place
Artist’s impression of the outdoor dining area in front of Waterfront Place

Mary Street Plaza

Artist’s impression of view from Mary Street
Artist’s impression of Mary Street Plaza area

The primary public space, Mary Street Plaza is the largest new space within the public realm of Waterfront Brisbane measuring approximately 2,000sqm extending between heritage-listed Naldham House and the Brisbane River.

As an extension of the Mary Street axis, the plan is to connect the city and water both visually and physically via the Market Steps.

Artist’s impression of Market Steps heading down to the Brisbane River from Mary Street

According to the development application, the Mary Street Plaza is highly activated and well located along major pedestrian routes. It is envisioned that it will play host to public events such as markets. Public art and subtropical landscaping will also complement a range of retail offerings at the perimeter.

Creek Street Plaza

Artist’s impression of Creek Street Plaza as part of Waterfront Brisbane

Creek Street Plaza provides the same diagonal cut through from street to water at the northern end of the site, and a direct east/west connection to the riverwalk.

While tighter and more laneway width, the height of the lifted tower over means it allows for a large air void and public space that leads pedestrians towards the water and City Verandah precinct.

Mary Street Plaza directly links via stairs, ramps and lifts to the Riverwalk.

Retail activation is provided via the new pavilion building. External seating is provided to serve both the restaurant and for general public use.

Subtropical landscaping spill over the lower roof of the retail pavilion. The upper-level roof of this building connects to the elevated River Lobby via a bridge which spans the laneway. This occupied roof functions as a City Verandah.

City Verandah

The City Verandah grants access for all visitors to the roof of the riverfront pavilion building

The idea of the city verandah is to activate the roofs of the podium structures.

This ‘City Verandah’ is activated with a shaded rooftop cafe/function space. It offers a unique public viewing space. The western edge is heavily landscaped.

Tower Design

Architects Fjmt and Arkhefield note that while clearly a pair of twins, the northern and southern towers have distinctly different design aspects, particularly with the north tower being higher in nature, featuring a rooftop height eclipsing that of neighbouring Riparian Plaza (188m to the roof), which was once Brisbane’s tallest building.

Waterfront Brisbane’s multi-level landscape

A continuous glazing facade wraps around both buildings while both cores of the north and south towers are located on the western facing side of the site to give the towers added sun protection.

A typical mid-rise floor plate being approximately 1600sqm (north tower), and 1,500sqm (south tower).

Proposed tower sections of Waterfront Brisbane

A flexible event/meeting space is located at the top of each tower with external terraces which boast views towards the Story Bridge. Level 17 acts as the transfer floor between the low rise and mid-rise with a further opportunity for external breakout terraces.

Well-being: Sustainability & Microclimate

Sustainability and Microclimate plan for Waterfront Brisbane

A series of green spaces are proposed to occupy the roofs of the built form pulling the landscape from the ground plane skywards to the top of the towers.

The roof of the podium is a major elevated green space, a highly landscaped breakout terrace connected to the towers wellness and end of trip facilities.

Public Art

Artist’s impression of possible Waterfront Brisbane Artwork

In close collaboration with PLACE Design Group, FJMT and Arkhefield Architects, Dexus has appointed Brisbane-based UAP, a company that is internationally known for specialising in collaborative place-making and the management of integrated art and design solutions for the public realm.

UAP aims to create ‘destination making’ and future-focused artwork for Waterfront Brisbane that is respectful and celebratory of the site’s rich history.

Public art for Waterfront Brisbane will support the creation of a unique, internationally recognised destination for Brisbane through the following aspirations:

Public Art Strategy - Upload

Landscape Masterplan

The Brisbane-based urban design and landscape architecture firm, Place Design Group has been tasked with connecting the precinct’s many urban realm areas into one landscaping masterplan.

Place Design Group’s landscape plan for Waterfront Brisbane

Brisbane’s Global Precincts

There was a time when Brisbanites only had South Bank as the go-to night-time riverside destination. Now, however, all sides of the CBD will soon accommodate 24-hour dining and entertainment with Queen’s Wharf, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane Live Precinct, South Bank and Waterfront Brisbane competing for the city’s attention.

The new riverwalk is planned to connect directly with Brisbane City Council’s new pedestrian and cycle bridge linking to Kangaroo Point which will be fast-tracked with completion expected by 2023.

Artist’s impression of Kangaroo Point bridge design

Tell us what you think about this development below in the comment box. The development application for this project, available to view on Brisbane City Council’s Planning & Development Online is A005477682.


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    • Exactly this is just purely for yield the actual public spaces pretty minimal and there’s insufficient setback from the river it’s just creates a canyon effect

  • It will be great for Brisbane along with with Queens wharf will help Brisbane become more of a hotspot and a international city.

  • Bottom section and open public areas look good interacting with river but the buildings themselves are a bit generic and certainly not inspiring, a bit better than the last proposal which was plain terrible.

  • Once again they have not included a separate segregated fenced off bike path away from pedestrians. This mix use does not work. It does not work now and yet again a redevelopment of a heavy used area like under the story bridge favours pedestrians and over priced restaurants. I am not a bike rider but to me its a no brainier to include this. I have been in some close calls with riders along this stretch of the river, the story bridge and south bank It just does not need to happen.

  • For prime location like this Dexus Surely can do better than this in term of the design of the building, we need something different and bold unique, super futuristic design that will tell the world this is Brisbane.

  • C’mon…… wheres the architecture at? This is a prominent site sight lines from far reaching places across Brisbane. While the development is good and brissy will benefit, surely the design could be more sympathetic to the building forms around it and along the river. Less tall, boxy, rectangle and more curvy, slender and rounded in the design? I also notice the huge reduction in planting and internal gardens from the first design for the site.

  • I’m no architect, but for a “river city” that aspires to be a “New World City” the design is appalling. It is basically a solid wall between the central business district and our river. Another case of more money than sense. Surely there are better solutions to liven the area without ruining the city skyline.

  • Abysmally boring for such prime real estate.

    Also still devo that BCC won’t allow closure of that section of Eagle Street to vehicle traffic a la the first development proposal.

  • Cleverly conceived with the towers elevated above the podium built form-which follows the streetscape. Unfortunately in a way that it happens to be right next to the most elegant high-rise building in the world- such a hard act to follow!

  • Big projects big prospect in the future I want to see that in my lifetime I know we have good engineering people in but the main question our problem in the city is flooding I blame State government level I know it’s better do your research Before you build it that’s a point up the good work

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  • A wonderful project located amongst Brisbane’s architectural icons and without doubt the most beautiful stretch of the CBD Brisbane river. The views of the city from Kangaroo Point and the Story Bridge have appreciated the form and urban design of buildings that compliment the natural environment and flow of the river. For years these have created a natural integrated aesthetic that residents and visitors have appreciated and enjoyed. That said it is so very disappointing to see this cityscape damaged by the harsh cacophony of straight lines and unrelenting flat surfaces that contradict both the natural environment and magnificence of the adjacent buildings. This is not the location for stark unforgiving box like towers that will only confront the visual appeal of this much loved part of the city. If the architectural design is not altered to incorporate the cues of its natural environment and reflect this in a design which curves and flows with the river, then this design will become Brisbane’s next Roma Street Transit Centre. It will be a disappointment to Brisbane, the Developer, the residents of this great city and will be a discomfort for the design team for decades to come.

  • Id like to thank the person responsible for designing this ugly box that will ruin our beautiful waterfront. An opportunity has been missed to build something iconic in such a valuable location. Another bland office tower, really sad.

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