Decking out Queens Wharf

The riverside construction of the nine-hectare development in Brisbane’s CBD is now only a year away from completion with related bridge work underway.

The Neville Bonner Bridge deck module was recently lifted into place, leaving the pedestrian bridge 890 metres away from connecting to the Queens Wharf site.

Two Sky Deck bridges that connect the two high-rise towers have been prepped ahead of being jacked into place in February. The bridges were assembled on top of the podium and were slid into their current position overnight.

Once these are lifted and secured into place at the level 22 mark, the building will start to look more like it will appear when complete. The first section of the Sky Deck, which sits 100 metres above the Brisbane River, was lifted into place in September 2022.

The Sky Deck will be a 250-metre open-air rooftop of bars, restaurants and viewing point and weighs 175 tonnes. Multiplex project manager Matt Berry said specialist lifting technology was used.

“Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is using this unique strand jacking technology to lift a bridge connection and join high-rise buildings together,” he said last year. Mr Berry revealed that sub-contractor VSL were engaged for the job. VSL worked on the Burj Khalifa, Petronas Towers, and Marina Bay Sands projects.

“Using specialist lifting equipment, including four separate stranding jacking platforms, the steel platform was safely lifted 50 metres,” he explained. “Two more levels will be constructed on top of the steel platform before it reaches the open-air Sky Deck.”

Queens Wharf Brisbane is set to open in 2024.

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Desi Corbett

Desi is the Editor of Concrete in Australia and at the helm of our magazine for 8 years. She was behind the Institute's weekly news bulletins from 2016-2021 and is now writing our focused news items. Desi has been an engineering news and features journalist/editor across all disciplines since 2013 - part of a 30-year career writing for a wide range of industries.