The new $200 million Howard Smith Wharf development is well under way, with builders taking the next step in revitalising the river precinct.
Located beneath the iconic Story Bridge, the project adds to Queensland's extensive pipeline of infrastructure developments, with construction of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development.
Earlier this year Dexus was given the green light for their $1.4bn proposal to transform nearby Eagle Street Pier into a premium business, hotel and leisure destination.
The Howard Wharves project will soon be gearing up to entertain patrons, one year since construction commenced, as this week it prepares for restaurants and bars for fit-out.
A key component of the precinct includes a new five-star hotel developed by the Deague Group, creator of the Art Series Hotels.
The SJB-designed, 164-room boutique hotel will open in March 2019.
Howards Hall, a key space of the precinct, is set to open on the site in November.
Designed by architecture firm Woods Bagot the 1100sq m events space will have views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane skyline.
Tourism Industry Minister Kate Jones said the development had created around 200 local construction jobs.
“This key project will change the face of our city forever,” Jones said.
“Once it’s operational, Howard Smith Wharves will create another 800 jobs.”
More than 80 per cent of the site has been allocated as public space, including activated open spaces and a $17 million landscaping budge.
Howard Smith Wharves chief executive Luke Fraser said more than $200 million will be invested to revitalise the precinct.
“The river is the beating heart of Brisbane. We’re harnessing the natural beauty of Brisbane to create experiences that will lure visitors and give locals a new way to enjoy their city,” he said.
“This week marks a major milestone in delivery of the Howard Smith Wharves."