Final piece of Sky Deck lifted into place at Queen’s Wharf

Published Wednesday, 12 July, 2023 at 02:40 PM

Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympic and Paralympic Games Infrastructure
The Honourable Dr Steven Miles

  • Sky Deck completed with final piece moved into place at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane
  • Specialist teams worked through the night to complete this major milestone for the $3.6 billion project
  • 725 tonnes of steel used to build Sky Deck, all manufactured in Beenleigh

The final piece of the Sky Deck at Queen’s Wharf has been lifted into place, 100 metres above the Brisbane river.

Acting Premier Steven Miles joined The Star’s Chief Operating Officer, Kelvin Dodt, to mark the milestone.

The $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development delivered nearly 2,000 construction jobs on site at peak, with 8,000 jobs expected in total, including the supply chain and operational roles.

The Sky Deck is a 250-metre long crescent-shaped platform, which offers views from the Brisbane CBD to Moreton Bay and Mount Coot-tha and will be a tourism drawcard in the lead up to Brisbane 2032.

The team involved in doing the very technical lift were sourced for their expertise on similar projects in Dubai and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane redevelopment, which is being delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium, is located on state-owned land between the Brisbane River and George Street and between Alice and Queen streets.

It is the first development in Brisbane to be awarded 6-star Green Star Communities rating in recognition of its social, environmental, and economic sustainability designs that will benefit locals and future visitors to this world-class integrated resort development.

The open-air rooftop Sky Deck is a first for Brisbane, open 365 days a year for up to 1,500 people with a signature restaurant, all day casual dining, a hero bar and a sky-high events space.

The first stage of the development is expected to open in April 2024.

Quotes attributable to Acting Premier Steven Miles:

“The Sky Deck is poised to become a tourist magnet as the centrepiece of the world-class Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, so to be here to mark this milestone is great.

“As we move closer toward the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, all eyes will be on this city and it’s developments like this that will attract even more people to town to get their picture on the glass floor viewing platform, to visit a restored heritage building or have dinner overlooking Brisbane.

“Seeing the finished Sky Deck is extra special, as the completed deck is made from Australian steel, manufactured just up the road at Beenleigh.

“The massive Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project is delivering nearly 2,000 jobs during peak construction and 8,000 jobs in total including through the supply chain and hospitality once it’s open.”

Quotes to be attributed to Chief Operating Officer of The Star Brisbane, Kelvin Dodt:

“This is a special and long anticipated moment for Queen’s Wharf and The Star Brisbane but more widely it is a game changer for Brisbane and Queensland tourism.”

“This will become one of the city’s most recognisable skyscapes elevating Brisbane’s already growing international reputation as a must-visit destination ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“Just as importantly, Sky Deck will be for the people of Brisbane as a vibrant public space to enjoy day and night, whether for important occasions, a casual catch up or just to take in the views.”

“We are well underway with the internal fit out of The Star Grand hotel, which will offer direct access to one of the city’s largest ballrooms and other new, exciting entertainment, dining and tourism spaces as part of the integrated resort.”

“Our city and Queen’s Wharf was featured in TIME as one of the 100 world’s greatest places of 2023, alongside the pyramids of Egypt and Barcelona, so The Star is thrilled to be further focussing the spotlight on Brisbane and our great state.”

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The Sky Deck was lifted in three parts.  The first lift was on 14 September 2022 and the second lift on 6 March 2023.

The Queen’s Wharf redevelopment will cover more than 12 hectares of CBD land, the area will feature about 50 new bars, cafes and restaurants, a casino, four world-class hotels, luxury retailers, about 1,500 residential apartments, repurposed heritage buildings, green spaces and the Neville Bonner Bridge.