With the majority of people isolating at home, many industries have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, but the construction industry has been deemed essential. Strict onsite containment protocols have been introduced to ensure the safety of all contractors and their momentum to provide support to the state economy.
This has allowed for construction across Brisbane that was already underway to remain open, with some projects progressing as normal, while others such as the Queensland Government’s Cross-River Rail are making significant progress.
Demolition of the Transit Centre on Roma Street, one of Brisbane’s largest ever demolitions, has moved ahead despite the Coronavirus, with the first of 3 buildings being taken apart starting from the top and working down level by level. The old pedestrian overpass was also removed in under 48 hours, which will help with the continued demolition.
At the Cross-River Rail project’s Albert Street construction site, the Tunnel & Stations contractor has increased the amount of work being done. Demolition is complete at both 96 Albert Street as well as the adjacent commercial buildings, and there is now a pedestrian tunnel along Albert Street which links Charlotte and Mary Streets. Out-of-hours work will continue on this site, as construction of the acoustic shed and piling finishes up, and excavation of the shaft for tunnel access has commenced.
A new PDA (Priority Development Area) has recently been declared on the Woolloongabba site enabling construction of the new station-to-stadium precinct including the station, open spaces, commercial offices, residential housing, and retail stores. The project has also cleared the 4-hectare site after demolishing 3 government-owned buildings which will provide the space required to launch road headers and the tunnel boring machines.
Early Brisbane Metro works in South Brisbane have already commenced allowing for construction of the new underground station, including relocation and construction of Alexander Smith Place Park’s new sewer pump station.
And finally, restrictions for heavy vehicles within the Priority Development Area for Queen’s Wharf were relaxed by the Queensland Government, which helped construction progress significantly for the new riverfront promenade at Queen’s Wharf. So much so that both main hotel and residential building cores have now become visible from along the Riverside Expressway.