Destination Brisbane Consortium, the joint venture behind the Queen’s Wharf integrated resort scheme, has won a key approval from Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) in relation to its application to build the A$3-plus-billion hotel and casino complex.
Under the recently approved development proposal, Destination Brisbane Consortium will built a multi-purpose resort across 12 hectares of land with the opportunity for another 15.3 hectares to be reclaimed from the Brisbane River located right along the preferred site for the expensive development project.
In other words, the developer was given permission to built across a total site of 27.3 hectares. As pointed out by Australian architecture news outlet ArchitectureAU, the development is the largest private one not just in Brisbane but also across the state of Queensland.
As revealed by Destination Brisbane Consortium, its project will include both existing and new buildings. There will be a total of 13 existing that will be claimed by the developer as part of the integrated resort. Of these, eight, all heritage-listed ones, will be retained. Four other buildings will be demolished. Here it is important to note that some demolition work on existing buildings in the area without heritage recognition began in 2017. The recent EDQ approval, allows the developer to move on with further demolition and construction work.
The Queen’s Wharf development will occupy a former government precinct and will be located not far from the Queensland Parliament House. The project will include five hotels, a casino facility, more than 50 food and beverage facilities, retail space, and numerous other options for both tourists and those who want to settle in the area.
Several towers of up to 74 stories and a pedestrian bridge across the Brisbane River are also part of the plan for the development of that particular area of Queensland’s capital.
Opposition to the Project
While the project may have been approved by the EDQ, which is known to be a planning unit within Queensland’s Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, opposition has also been mounting for quite some time now.
Environment groups have questioned the addition of a casino to the development, particularly given the fact that the resort will be located that close to the seat of Queensland’s government.
It was in the summer of 2015 when the Queensland government announced that the joint venture Destination Brisbane Consortium was selected as the preferred bidder for the development of Brisbane’s new integrated resort. The developer was formed through a partnership between Australian casino operator The Star Entertainment Group and Hong Kong-based companies Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. The group of investors was picked over The Star’s local rival Crown Resorts, which also bid for the attractive gaming license.
As previously reported, actual construction work on the expensive development project is expected to begin in 2018. If there are no unexpected delays, the resort is likely to be completed and launched in 2022.
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