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Queens Wharf project's symphony of cranes busy transforming city


A symphony of cranes working on the $3.6 billion Queens Wharf development is steadily transforming Brisbane’s skyline as the project enters its most crucial 12 months.

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Construction of four of the project’s six towers is now well under way, with motorists travelling along Riverside Expressway and ferry passengers on the river now able to get a good view of the buildings’ progress as they rise out of the five level basement site.

Cantilever sections of the Riverline Terrace dining precinct are also taking shape over the expressway.

Pilings have been completed for one of he most striking aspects of the project, construction of the Neville Bonner pedestrian bridge across to South Bank. The bridge’s construction will dominate both sides of the Brisbane River city banks for all of this year.

As with the construction of the Goodwill Bridge in the 2000s, the bridge’s deck sections will be made off-site and floated down the river. The first section is due to be lifted into place on the South Bank side in the second quarter of this year.

The bridge is due to open in late 2022.

More than 500 workers are currently on the Queens Wharf site, with this number expected to double by the end of 2021.

Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said  it was exciting seeing the skyline changing and the design become a reality.

“This time next year towers 2 and 3, the dual tower for The Star Grand hotel, will be topping out at around 100-metres; meaning they will be sitting prominently alongside and above the Riverside expressway,” he said.

Upcoming highlights of the construction include drilling bore holes at heritage-listed Miller Park from March 8 to allow geotechnical investigations and relocation of one of the site’s cranes on March 14, work that will require the closure of the Margaret St off-ramp for that morning.


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