Observing the growth of Brisbane, especially the central area of Brisbane, at the moment is a real pleasure. A tour of the city, Southbank, onto the river, up to New Farm, and back to the city today, and one can clearly see the growth occurring. Its interesting to observe what is occurring in the city at them moment because growth in the city will certainly grow the entire region. So what did I learn from todays investigative tour of the city?
Brisbane CBD Development
Walking from the north-west from Fortitude Valley to down town central Brisbane, most of the high rise developments are almost complete. Onwards through city along Adelaide Street, and you can see the BHP Building is complete, then the Student Accommodation tower is complete, and as you head towards the Queen Street Mall, it a buzz. On a Sunday morning, Brisbane is a hive of activity. Then, at the end of Queen Street, is the glimpse of what is ahead…….the Queens Wharf Development. This is Brisbane on steroids. The time for the city to mature into the city is has seemingly dared to become for years. Finally a crane sneaks above the skyline of where a mega development is occurring.
The Spire Residential Project – “Inspire”ational!
A quick look in at the spire residential project this morning saw the final fit out of the foyer occurring. Hutchinsons Builders have been been building this tower for the last two years. Speaking to one of the crane drivers a few weeks ago, it was amazing to hear how well the build has been going, and it was cool to hear all about his job too.
According to Consolidated Properties the apartment building, “located in Brisbane’s CBD, Spire is a $190 million, 40 level residential apartment building consisting of 340 apartments.
Designed by John Wardle Architects and consisting of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, Spire will provide residents with state of the art facilities including a magnificent infinity edge rooftop pool, a private rooftop dining room with expansive views of the city, a library and a private theatre.
Construction commenced in June 2015 and will be completed in the third” quarter of 2017.
Queens Wharf Development
The Queens Wharf Development is fast becoming a reality.
According to their website the development is “A new world-class integrated resort development is being constructed that will put Brisbane on the map as a tourism, leisure and entertainment destination.
Expected to open in 2022, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will transform the CBD and river’s edge with an iconic design that embraces Brisbane’s inviting subtropical climate and celebrates the precinct’s Indigenous and European heritage with interpretive trails and experiences spanning the Brisbane River and ridgeline.
Destination Brisbane Consortium is delivering the $3 billion development, which will cover more than 26 hectares across land and water.”
Its going to be an interesting 2 years coming up. It does pose the question though – how big is the city then, and how mature will it be? Will the existing public transport options be enough for the inner city? Does Brisbane need an underground subway now, plus the cross river bridge now? Great questions, election coming up………..
South Brisbane and Southbank
Walking across Victoria Bridge to South Brisbane it is breathtaking to see what has occurred in the last 20 years. From the Commonwealth Games to now, Southbank has joined the city, and with Queens Wharf Development in play, it is easy to see this city morphing into one beautiful playground called BrisVegas.
Everywhere you look in the street behind the arts area of Brisbane is a row of sky cranes building the next layer of growth heading towards West End. Southbank itself is a hive of activity, coffee shops are full, and as the Brisbane Wheels comes to life, there is a line of locals and tourists alike getting aboard and seeing firsthand the birth of this BrisVegas.
According to an exclusive report in the Courier Mail last week South Bank is pushing for a major expansion with lots or redevelopment and refurbishment. Standing there today, it is easy to see that South Bank has a seriously good future ahead.
One of the truly great aspects of Brisbane is it public transport via the river. Getting on at Southbank on the city hopper, gives a great perspective of the city. As the boat progresses past Kangaroo Point, and heads towards the city, water craft such as jet-ski’s and motorboats cruise along the river. Eagle Pier Wharf is full of tourists, and the outdoor cafes along the wharf are full. There are three major high rises under construction that you can see from the river and as you head towards the story bridge, the old warehouses are being cleaned up, ready for a new precinct to evolve.
Is New Farm about to BOOM?
Wow – the new boardwalk pier replacement is amazing. Walkers and bikeriders galore. One gets the distinct impression that there is something very huge about to begin on the new farm side of the Story Bridge.
So what did I learn today?
Forget any thoughts of oversupply in the inner Brisbane CBD and close surrounds. In this area visited today, the city was abuzz with activity. Brisbane is maturing into the BrisVegas for too long now joked about. There is still lots of opportunity in the Brisbane CBD and close surrounds. Todays trip to see all this – breakfast and a cup of coffee. Its awesome – where else in the world can you take a tour of a city as beautiful as Brisbane for that. Take the city hopper, walk the streets and most of all enjoy the city.