It’s no secret that the Roma Street rail yards are undergoing some dramatic changes, with the $2 Billion ‘Brisbane Live’ Entertainment Arena Precinct. The Brisbane Live development, including a world-class integrated entertainment and transport precinct at Roma Street, is being developed in conjunction with Cross River Rail.
The project includes a new 17,000+ seat arena along with public spaces and active transport connections. It will sit on a raised structure above the current road, railways, and on the property.
The design also includes commercial and residential towers where the Brisbane Transit Centre sits. The Transit Centre is being demolished to build the new underground Roma Street Cross River Rail station, with early works commenced, and demolition of the Transit Centre is expected by late-2020.
The improvement in transport connectivity and rejuvenation of the Roma Street zone with the Cross River Rail Project will create many opportunities for urban regeneration of public spaces in the precinct. It will also rouse private sector expansion opportunities to produce a new residential and commercial hub in the inner west.
In the 2018-19 State Budget, the Queensland Government provided $5 million toward developing a business case for the project, which was subsequently completed in late 2018. The project includes decking of Roma Street Station, 17,000 seat Entertainment Stadium, 90 Storey Residential Building, 2 x 65 Storey Hotel & Residential buildings linked on the top, 40 Storey Hotel Building, Six Low Rise Residential Buildings, Jacaranda Grove Public Parkland 12,000 hectares (23,000 hectares counting Roma Street Parklands), three Cultural Buildings and a footbridge connecting Kurilpa Bridge.