Heritage restoration works start at Howard Smith Wharves

The Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation project has reached a major milestone with the start of works to restore heritage-listed wharf sheds into a world-class leisure and lifestyle precinct.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk the wharf shed located closest to the Riverwalk would be the first to be meticulously restored and transformed into a world-class river’s edge restaurant and event space known as the River Shed.

“Over the coming few months, the heritage-listed shed will be raised, before a new flooring is laid and existing 1930s elements are carefully restored to their former glory,” Cr Quirk said.

“In the same way that Queenslander-style houses are raised, this building will be lifted with hydraulic bottle jacks, to ensure that the historic and structural integrity of the timber and corrugated iron building are preserved.

“Since it was built in the 1930s and used for a cargo loading point as part of the busy Brisbane Central Wharves, the building has undergone several changes with the front shed gable washed away in the 1974 floods and the walls re-clad for use by the Water Police.

“In just a few short months the transformation will be complete, with a new world-class riverfront deck and walkway to be constructed, mirroring the original 1930s wharves design.

“When complete, Howard Smith Wharves will host events for up to 1,000 people, as well as be home to vibrant bars and restaurants.

“The Howard Smith Wharves project is one of the ways that Council is creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities in Brisbane.”

Cr Quirk said excavation works for the new hotel were also progressing, after commencing in late July.

“Excavation of a basement and carpark, located underneath the future luxury Art Series Hotel, is under construction with thousands of tonnes of rubble already removed from the wharves site,” he said.

“The basement for the new hotel will be six metres deep at its lowest section, with up to 50,000 tonnes of rubble to be excavated by mid-December.”

Infrastructure Chairman Amanda Cooper said the Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation project would feature an array of event spaces and restaurants, a craft brewery, 5 Star hotel, park and public open spaces.

“When complete, the Howard Smith Wharves will be a world class waterfront destination that further enhances Brisbane’s status as a New World City,” Cr Cooper said.

“Visitors will enjoy one of the best views in the city, with uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge and across the river to Captain Burke Park.”

For more information on the Howard Smith Wharves Revitalisation project visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.