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Consortia reveal plans for Brisbane Queen’s Wharf integrated resort
Greenland Group and Crown Resorts, and the Destination Brisbane Consortium, have released their design concepts for the planned multi-billion dollar integrated resort development on Brisbane Queen’s Wharf.
The long-awaited plans by the competing consortiums were made public in December 2014, and both propose the transformation of an under-utilised government quarter - spanning from Alice to Elizabeth Streets, and bordered by William and George Streets - into a world-class leisure destination.
Expressions of interest for the development were called in February 2014, with both consortiums shortlisted from an initial four and entering into the Request for Detailed proposals stage in July 2014.
The Greenland Crown proposal, headed by James Packer, apparently plans to operate thousands of new poker machines within its facility, a plan likely to be opposed by Queensland pubs and clubs.
By contrast, the Destination Brisbane Consortium would not apply for new poker machine licences as part of its bid. It will instead transfer the roughly 1,600 pokies operating at its Treasury Casino to the new gambing complex.
The Greenland Crown (pictured above) proposal builds on the idea of a precinct with restaurants and bars, festivals and concerts, and an active waterfront. It includes the city’s first luxury six-star hotel and casino resort - which would outsize their proposed project at Sydney’s Barangaroo - and two new five-star hotels.
These are to be complemented by a new sub-tropical public space that can accommodate up to 8,000 people, an interactive family waterpark (pictured), and Australia’s first iPic cinemas.
The waterpark component of the Greenland Crown proposal. Image courtesy of Greenland Crown.
A new suspended waterfall bridge to South Bank has also been proposed by the Consortium, with further plans to partner with the Queensland Government to construct a new South Bank theatre that can fit up to around 2,000 people and attract shows currently not coming to Brisbane.
According to Greenland, over 3,500 new direct and indirect jobs will be created during resort construction. Other benefits include a partnership with the Brisbane Broncos and Former Origin Greats (FOGs) to deliver employment opportunities for indigenous Australians, and a new training college to provide training and long-term jobs for locals.
Destination Brisbane Consortium
The plans of the Destination Brisbane Consortium (consisting of Echo Entertainment Group, Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises) includes a signature ‘Arc’ building, with 360 degree views of the city, river and the River Arena from a publicly available elevated sky deck that is inspired by the Queensland Verandah.
The integrated resort will also feature ball rooms, function spaces, a rooftop moonlight cinema, public event space (described as being the size of 12 football fields), restaurants and bars, and a new Queensland hotal and hospitality school.
The new casino, which will sit next to the core development area, will comprise five internationally recognised hotel brands, including a new six star brand to the market. The relocation of the current casino from the Treasury Building will also allow the heritage building to be repurposed into a shopping centre.
The 'Arc' building at the heart of the Destination Brisbane Consortium proposal. Image courtesy of Destination Brisbane Consortium 2014.
Other developments include ‘The Landing’, a green wharf with a fluid series of grassy knolls and terraces that will act as the key event space for the precinct, and a beach with direct river access and river ramp for kayaks and other non-motorised craft. This space will be linked to Queens Wharf Plaza, an urban waterfront public space that can be used for large scale public celebrations or multiple simultaneous localised events.
The Destination Brisbane Consortium proposal envisages turning the heritage-listed Treasury Casino building, which adjoins the land set aside for the new development, into a high-end retail precinct.
Echo Entertainment Group Chair John O’Neill commented that the Queen’s Wharf development should be “arguably the most significant redevelopment project in the history of the Brisbane CBD”.
Image of the Destination Brisbane Consortium from the Southbank pool. Image courtesy of Destination Brisbane Consortium 2014.
Both proposals envisage that their completed facilities would deliver 1.39 million additional overnight tourist visitors to Queensland each year, potentially having a huge impact on tourism by opening up access to Brisbane from China and the rest of Asia.
A decision on the preferred proponent is expected to be made in the coming months.
Additional information can be found on the dedicated websites of each consortium.
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15th October 2013 - CAMPBELL NEWMAN SLAMS QUEENSLAND TOURISM, BACKS NEW CASINOS
5th July 2013 - NSW GOVERNMENT APPROVES PACKER PLAN FOR SECOND SYDNEY CASINO
26th March 2013 - SINGAPORE CASINOS TO STRUGGLE AGAINST ASIAN COMPETITORS?
22nd March 2013 - MANILA OPENS FIRST OF FOUR MEGA CASINOS
26th February 2012 - NSW PREMIER BACKS SECOND SYDNEY CASINO
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