Multiplex wins Brisbane’s $1b Queens Wharf contract

Multiplex wins Brisbane’s $1b Queens Wharf contract

3 May 2019

Australian-based global construction giant Multiplex has shrugged off rival Hutchison Builders to win Brisbane’s $1 billion Queen’s Wharf construction contract, The Australian reports.

When complete, the “city shaping” project will deliver four new hotels, more than 50 bars and restaurants, 2,000 residential apartments, and the equivalent of 12 football fields of public space.

It will cover a massive 27.3 hectares—about 20 per cent—of Brisbane’s CBD.

The Multiplex tender covers the construction of the shell and core works, including the basement, base services, tower structures, and the facade of the main integrated resort.

It also includes the Sky Deck, a platform elevated 100 metres above street level that connects several of the towers with entertainment and food and drink options.

The building fit-outs will be done later under separate contracts.

The completed Queens Wharf project will be worth about $3.6 billion.

The project is being developed by the Destination Brisbane Consortium, a joint venture led by casino giant Star Entertainment Group, with Far East Consortium and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, says The Urban Developer.

The State Government is expected to sign off on contract next month.

Multiplex regional managing director Graham Cottam told The Courier Mail his company was thrilled to be given the responsibility to bring DBC’s vision to fruition.

“The Queen’s Wharf development is undoubtedly one of the state’s most important and nationally-significant projects,” he said.

The firm is responsible for some of Queensland’s most recognisable buildings including the Hilton Gold Coast hotel, Riparian Plaza at Eagle St in Brisbane and the State Government’s 1 William St “Tower of Power” adjacent to Queen’s Wharf.

Its projects also include the new W Hotel and the under-construction The One residential tower in the Brisbane Quarter.

Brisbane locals are not likely to see any construction action until the project emerges from the basement and reaches street level in late 2020. Queen’s Wharf should be functional by 2022.

The completed project is expected to increase visitor numbers to Queensland by 1.4 million a year and to raise tourists’ spending by $1.7 billion.

Once operational, the precinct will employ 8,000 people.