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Queen’s Wharf Basement Excavation Package

Our Work on the Queen’s Wharf Basement Excavation Package

The Queen’s Wharf project is the biggest demolition and construction project Brisbane’s CBD has seen. The $3.6 billion project is set to see four new towers erected into Brisbane’s skyline as well as 27.5 hectares of the CBD being transformed into the Queen’s Wharf precinct.

The first major contract was won by Probuild to carry out demolition and excavation works, making way for a five-storey basement carpark and installing structural foundations. This contract was worth around $90 million and took 18 months to complete. Eastern Plant Hire worked with Probuild on the excavation work, carting much of the spoil out to the Brisbane Airport to be recycled for reclamation work and to build the BNE Auto Mall.

The excavation of the 26m deep ‘hole’ saw over 450,000m³ of spoil removed from Brisbane’s CBD, the most ever seen from an inner-city project in Queensland. While that amount is generally classed as small for major projects the location and proximity to the Brisbane River meant there was a number of variables to contend with.

When finished the Queen’s Wharf Development features will include:

  • 50 new restaurants and bars
  • More than 1,000 premium additional hotel rooms
  • 2,000 residential apartments
  • Reactivation of some of the city’s most significant heritage buildings
  • More than 2,000 jobs during peak construction and 8,000 operational jobs
  • The 100 metre high Sky Deck
  • 12 football fields of public space
  • A new pedestrian bridge from the CBD to South Bank

The Queen’s Wharf development’s core structure is set to be completed in 2022 and will include the 4 main towers, three of which are hotels connects by the sky deck and the last being the first of three residential towers. Renovation works are expected to last past 2024 as 11 sites and heritage-listed buildings are transformed to fit into the precinct.

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