Artist impression: The Neville Bonner Bridge.
The Neville Bonner Bridge over the Brisbane River has touched down at Queen’s Wharf with the final deck section now installed.
The 320-metre pedestrian bridge has been under construction for two years, with the latest milestone bringing the project one step closer to completion.
The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director and CEO Robbie Cooke said the bridge touchdown marks significant progress in the $3.6 billion transformational development.
“Once open this new bridge infrastructure will help advance Brisbane’s connectivity and accessibility for both locals and visitors ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he said.
Destination Brisbane Consortium Project Director Simon Crooks said the last deck unit weighing 20 tonnes and measuring 10 metres in length was fitted into place to complete the bridge platform.
“The construction of the Neville Bonner Bridge is an engineering feat masterfully bringing design and technology together,” Mr Crooks said.
The Neville Bonner Bridge was named in honour of Australia’s first federal Indigenous parliamentarian and has become a beacon for cross river connection.
With the bridge mast peaking at more than 75 metres above the river, The Star Entertainment Group’s Mr Cooke says it’s already proven to be an iconic addition to the Brisbane skyline.
“We have forecast 10,000 pedestrian crossings a day when it opens to the public as part of the precinct’s staged opening later this year,” Mr Cooke added.
“It will be a lasting connector for the city and play a significant role in the active transport route recently unveiled by the Queensland State Government as part of its Olympic infrastructure legacy.
“More than 1,000 tonnes of complex fabricated structural steel together with the suspended and cable stayed elements has been formed into what is undoubtedly Brisbane’s newest river centrepiece.
“The majority of construction has taken place from cranes positioned on river barges, and working closely with marine authorities, the numerous overnight installations reduced impacts to Brisbane’s growing river traffic.”
Work on the bridge will continue with lighting, paving, shading elements, and side façade panel installation as well as safety testing.
Fitzgerald Constructions Australia Qld State Manager Liam Robertson said his team is extremely proud of their achievements in planning, assembly and construction of the Neville Bonner Bridge whilst keeping the Brisbane River functional.
The $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development is being delivered by Destination Brisbane Consortium – a joint venture led by The Star Entertainment Group alongside its Hong Kong-based partners, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium.
It has been awarded the 6-Star Green Star Communities rating in recognition of its social, environmental, and economic sustainability designs.
An additional 1.4 million tourists are expected to visit Brisbane each year when the development commences a staged opening in December 2023.