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 (IRD) will go through an independent development assessment process managed by the Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), as the development sits within the QWB Priority Development Area (PDA).
EDQ will assess Destination Brisbane Consortium's (DBC) 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.
- Queen's Wharf Brisbane PDA development scheme
- Heritage fact sheet(PDF, 834.4KB)
- Design (PDF, 292.5KB)
- Public spaces (PDF, 871.8KB)
- Community Update - August 2017 (PDF, 3.0MB)
Frequently asked questions
What is happening to the heritage buildings and places?
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 IRD 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.
Is Queens Gardens (between George, Elizabeth and William Streets) closed?
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.
Will DBC be responsible for maintaining and improving the heritage buildings?
DBC 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.
How does the state ensure that the DBC is preserving the heritage aspects of the precinct?
DBC prepared Conservation Management Plans (CMP) as part of their PoD 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.
Which public realm area within the precinct will be enhanced and revitalised first?
The area proposed to be developed first is located between 1 William Street and the Goodwill Bridge. This will include a new Mangrove Walk and an upgrade to the Bicentennial Bikeway as well as Waterline Park that sits behind 1 William Street.
Mangrove Walk will include interpretative heritage and Indigenous story-telling elements that will also provide an alternative path from the Botanic Gardens to Queen's Wharf Plaza and Queens Wharf Road. It will feature:
- 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 will also provide a pontoon for small non-motorised crafts such as kayaks and canoes.
How does the QWB planning regime protect heritage buildings and places?
The QWB 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.
DBC’s IRD will go through an independent development assessment process. The process will be managed by EDQ, as the development sits within the QWB PDA.
EDQ will assess 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 will consult 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: 11 Feb 2020