South Brisbane Updates

There is plenty of action happening in and around Southbank and South Brisbane on the commercial and mixed development front.

South Bank Metro

This year, the industry-led initiative Brisbane Architecture and Design Ideas Competition, (rebranded as ‘4000 Ideas’) has selected the future South Bank Metro portal site as the competition location.

The site, owned by Canberra-based developer Doma Group, sits on the corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, within the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct. A 30-story hotel and residential tower was proposed. However, the site was resumed by the Brisbane City Council to facilitate the new underground station, Brisbane Metro South Bank. You can find details on the competition at

BMW Southbank Site

Developer Beulah International announced the winner of its International design competition as Melbourne-based Cox Architecture and Dutch firm UNStudio.

The winning proposal dubbed Green Spine will be located on the 6,061sqm BMW Southbank site and will be well-defined by a pair of twisting towers spiralling around a vertical city of terraces, green spaces and verandas, with networked platforms.

The two towers will include a 356-meter-high residential tower featuring a publicly accessible botanic garden on its rooftop, and a second 252-meter-high tower housing a hotel, commercial offices, bars and restaurants.

Projects dumped

In big news, there have been two major projects that have now been scrapped including a new theatre at Queen’s Wharf development, and the aquarium proposed for Queensland Maritime Museum.

The two market-led proposals have been withdrawn, with the Foundation Theatres’ plan to build a new theatre being quashed just weeks after the state government’s announcement for its own $150 million QPAC theatre project. The proposed aquarium for the Maritime Museum has also been abandoned, which would have redeveloped the existing Queensland Maritime Museum site to include an extensive interactive aquarium while preserving the site’s heritage artefacts and components.

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