Brisbane Commercial Property Development Faces Builder Shortage Amidst Economic Growth


According to development experts, the commercial property development market in Brisbane is up against a significant challenge: an insufficient number of builders to keep pace with the region's rapid growth and infrastructure demands as it heads into the next decade.

Considering recent reports, there's concern over whether the current construction capacity can meet the scale of upcoming projects. With office developments, such as the 45,000m2 project at 205 North Quay, approaching full commitment for Q4 2024, the need for qualified builders has skyrocketed.

The issue extends beyond private sector undertakings and includes government-led initiatives as the city prepares for global events like the Olympics. Schools, hospitals, infrastructure projects, new commercial offices, and retail spaces are all in line for development.

A high-growth state like Queensland typically welcomes these challenges. Still, with recent builder insolvencies and license restrictions impacting the construction landscape, there's an urgent call for proactive measures to bolster the building industry.

As the development community feels the pinch, the competition has intensified, not just within the private sector but also between government projects and the upcoming demand for Olympic-related constructions.

The sentiment within the Queensland development circles echoes nationwide concerns; developers are urged to consider risk-sharing arrangements to safeguard project completions. As market conditions have shifted, locking in contracts at below-market rates is no longer sustainable, with many recognising the need for a more balanced approach to risk allocation in contracts.

With the Australian Securities and Investments Commission noting a surge in sector insolvencies by over 75% this past year, it's clear that the Brisbane commercial property development market faces a critical juncture.

Developers and builders must now collaborate closer than ever, ensuring the city's economic boom doesn't falter due to a shortfall in construction capabilities. The future of Brisbane's skyline may very well depend on it.