Queens Wharf Redevelopment

Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (QWB) project is the largest heritage precinct redevelopment in the southern hemisphere. The regeneration of the Queen’s Wharf will revitalise the site of Brisbane’s first European settlers with a blend of historic and contemporary architecture.

Calibre were specifically chosen as the heritage engineer for this unique redevelopment. The primary scope is to undertake the structural design of the repurposing of the eleven State-owned heritage structures including:

  • Treasury
  • Land Administration Building
  • State Library
  • Queens Park
  • The Printery
  • Services Club
  • The Commissariat Building
  • DPI Building
  • Harris Terrace
  • The Mansions

Adding value through local knowledge

Calibre’s team have ten years of local knowledge on the development precinct and have offered valuable insight into the “unknowns” to the design team.

Calibre have been involved during the heritage approval process, working with the Consortium and the State Government to ensure the inground shoring system for the Integrated Resort Development (IRD) basement is designed such that movement of the retention wall would not affect the fragile heritage structures.

Additional project highlights have included:

  • Providing leading edge in ground support to allow construction of a 37m deep excavation next to the fragile heritage buildings.
  • Repurposing eleven heritage-listed buildings to suit their proposed new uses, using techniques sensitive to the heritage values of each building and in accordance with the Burra Charter.
  • Repairing and underpinning of several heritage buildings due to poor maintenance and foundation settlement and subsidence.


World-leading BIM collaboration

As DBC will develop, own and operate the integrated world class hotel, casino and entertainment complex, the decision was made to implement Building Information Modeling (BIM) to promote a higher quality of design and construction.

As DBC will be managing the complex following construction, the facilities information created during the BIM process will be integral to the ongoing asset management of the precinct.

Queens Wharf is being delivered in a fully collaborative BIM environment. With over 20 consultants and specialists working on over 60 separate models, the federated model is one of the largest BIM projects currently being undertaken in the world.

Calibre are proud to be part of the dynamic design team in delivering a world class public entertainment precinct for the people of Brisbane.

*All images Copyright Destination Brisbane Consortium 2014 – Images for concept purpose.