Council revitalises iconic Teneriffe Engine Room

Brisbane City Council has this week commenced work to rejuvenate the heritage-listed Engine Room building in Teneriffe, in order to open it to the public for the very first time, and have it operate as a café.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the restoration would improve access to the Brisbane River and add to the vibrant recreation opportunities along the Teneriffe riverfront, in line with Council’s River’s Edge Strategy.

“Council is refurbishing this heritage building, which has been disused for many years, so it can be leased for a vibrant new café, which pays homage to the building’s historic past,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Engine Room is located along the busy Teneriffe riverwalk, which is popular with families, cyclists and runners and there has been strong community interest in seeing it accessible for public use.

“As part of the restoration, Council will install kitchen facilities, dining areas, an outdoor deck and public toilets, to complement the surrounding parkland and its opportunities for riverside recreation.”

Cr Quirk said that once complete, the revitalised engine room would be opened as a café, operated by a not-for-profit.

“Our commitment to provide a lease to a social enterprise, to operate the Engine Room as a café, fulfils our promise to double Council’s investment in social enterprise,” he said.

“Council is currently assessing tenders to operate the site and looks forward to making an announcement on this in the near future.”

The café will be able to operate from 7am to 10pm, every day of the week and Council will be taking a number of measures to mitigate noise and protect the privacy of nearby residences.

The heritage-listed Engine Room was built between 1917 and 1927, and originally housed mechanical equipment for former wool store industry, before later being used by the Navy as part of World War Two operations.

Construction works will be undertaken by successful tenderer by A Dart & Co. and include:
• restoring the distinctive internal and external brickwork
• installing a ceiling, suspended flooring, air-conditioning, new windows and doors
• constructing a timber deck overlooking the river
• improving access to the building and installing security measures
• providing new public toilet facilities
• connecting new services including gas, sewer and water
• landscaping works.

For more information on the Engine Room revitalisation, visit or call Council on 07 3403 8888.