Brisbane's newest shopping, dining and entertainment destination – Gasworks at Newstead – lit up the Brisbane skyline last night, with the official launch of a new light and sound extravaganza.
The 10-minute choreographed light show, showcasing the iconic Gasometer frame, was 'switched on' for the first time by Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
Designed by Brisbane based lighting specialists, Heath Williamson and Jono Perry, the light show will run in 10 minutes intervals at 7pm and 9pm every Friday and Saturday evening.
Throughout October, the frame will be lit up pink for Global Illumination, generating awareness of Breast Cancer awareness.
FKP Executive General Manager Queensland, Gary Kordic, says the choreographed show will bring the heritage-listed Gasometer frame to life at night, symbolically lighting the way in Brisbane once again.
The Gasometer supplied gas lighting to Brisbane in the 19th century, serving residents north of the Brisbane River until 1996 when it was decommissioned as part of the city's urban renewal.
"The ornate metal framework has now been restored and is fast becoming the epicentre of the Newstead Gasworks redevelopment," Mr Kordic said.
"The unique mix of retail, commercial and residential space, as well as bars, restaurants and boutique stores are connected by the unique design of the public plaza, which is set around and within the Gasometer itself.
"The expansive 3,000sqm outdoor plaza surrounding the frame provides an integrated multi-use space designed to host public events and festivals, including live music and performances."
JFP's Manager of Landscape Architecture & Environment, Andrew Galt, says his team's vision for the area was based on creating a comfortable and adaptable subtropical space rich in detail.
"The plaza provides somewhere that workers can sit and enjoy lunch, that is central to local business and a place for community celebrations," he said.
"Set within the 17 hectare parcel of riverfront land known as the Newstead Riverpark precinct, the design pays homage to the history of the site while bringing the surrounding environment to life with lush, green open spaces."
The rejuvenation of the frame and opening of the plaza coincides with the 140 year anniversary of the frame being relocated and reconstructed at Newstead.
On completion, Gasworks will comprise seven buildings featuring a total of 17,000sqm of retail, 103,500sqm of commercial and about 750 residential apartments.