Heritage and public spaces
Queen's Wharf Brisbane presents an opportunity to preserve, re-purpose and celebrate Brisbane's eleven heritage buildings and places located in the precinct.
The Integrated Resort Development will go through an independent development assessment process managed by the Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), as the development sits within the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDA).
EDQ assesses Destination Brisbane Consortium's development application against the adopted PDA development scheme and consult with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Queensland Heritage Council on all significant heritage matters through the process.
Frequently asked questions
No heritage building in the precinct is being demolished. All heritage buildings and places will be retained, revitalised and reactivated helping to bring the new precinct to life. Greater access will be established for the community to these wonderful spaces and will include a blend of historic and contemporary architecture.
When the Integrated Resort Development is operational, the heritage buildings and places will feature strongly within the development through their conversion into cultural, retail, dining, hotel entertainment and tourism spaces.
While the QWB IRD commenced construction activities in January 2017, changes to Queens Gardens will not occur until approximately 2022 to 2024 when the existing Treasury Casino will be converted into a high end retail space and works on the retail link under Queens Gardens commences.
The Destination Brisbane Consortium will be responsible for maintaining and improving the precinct's heritage buildings and places.
The Star Entertainment Group has a positive reputation for preserving and enhancing some of Brisbane's most prestigious heritage buildings and taking stewardship of the Treasury Casino and Hotel over 20 years ago, they have invested more than $55 million to restore and repurpose them for public use.
Extensive monitoring and protection has been applied to heritage buildings within the precinct including the protective bracing of the former DPI building and Harris Terrace. The bracing protects these buildings which have some dilapidation from further damage during demolition and construction. Motion monitoring has been fitted to heritage buildings throughout the precinct to ensure the slightest movement is detected and assessed.
The Destination Brisbane Consortium prepared Conservation Management Plans (CMP) as part of their Plan of Development for all eleven heritage buildings and places in the QWB precinct which includes Miller Park, Queens Gardens and the William Street-Queens Wharf Road retaining wall.
The CMPs were prepared in accordance with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection guidelines for preparing management plans and focus strongly on the conservation of heritage values in accordance with Burra Charter principles. The reports advocate the ongoing use of the buildings, provide guidance for their adaptive reuse, with consideration of how to best conserve and enhance the significant elements of each place.
The area be developed first is located between 1 William Street and the Goodwill Bridge. It includes a new Mangrove Walk and an upgrade to the Bicentennial Bikeway as well as Waterline Park that sits behind 1 William Street.
Mangrove Walk includes interpretative heritage and Indigenous story-telling elements that also provide an alternative path from the Botanic Gardens to Queen's Wharf Plaza and Queens Wharf Road. It features:
- an Indigenous message trail
- an exploratory trail with educational installations and interpretive signage
- a series of lookouts with shaded seating nooks to enjoy the view
- a boat-shed cafe with views up and down the Brisbane River.
It also provides a pontoon for small non-motorised crafts such as kayaks and canoes.
The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Development Scheme puts a significant focus on heritage buildings and places. The eleven heritage buildings and places will be restored and repurposed for future generations to enjoy. The heritage aspect of the development will proudly sit alongside contemporary new architecture, and help showcase Brisbane's history.
Destination Brisbane Consortium’s Integrated Resort Development goes through an independent development assessment process. The process is managed by EDQ, as the development sits within the QWB PDA.
EDQ assesses DBC’s development application in accordance with the Economic Development Act 2012, against the QWB PDA Development Scheme, the QWB PDA public realm and movement network planning and design guideline and any other relevant documents and guidelines called up in the development scheme. EDQ consults with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Queensland Heritage Council on all significant heritage matters through the process.
Read more about the Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme.
Last updated: Wednesday, Mar 17, 2021