The last section of the Queen’s Wharf Sky Deck has been manoeuvred into place, completing the 250m open-air wraparound space which will be a centrepiece of the development, and topping out The Star Grand hotel on site. The deck will feature a signature restaurant, hero bar and event space. The whole Sky Deck can accommodate up to 1,500 people, with the majority of it able to hired exclusively for events.
The space will also feature a glass floor viewing platform.
“The double milestone is a ‘defining moment’ for the transformational Brisbane project,” said CEO of The Star Brisbane, Kelvin Dodt.
“This is a special and long anticipated moment for Queen’s Wharf and The Star Brisbane but more widely it is a game changer for Brisbane and Queensland tourism.”
“This will become one of the city’s most recognisable skyscapes elevating Brisbane’s already growing international reputation as a must-visit destination ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Queen’s Wharf is set to feature three other luxury hotels, alongside The Star Grand, The Star Brisbane casino, a major ballroom, over 50 new restaurants, public space the size of more than 12 football fields and 1,500 residential apartments.
A joint venture between The Star Entertainment Group, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium, known as the Destination Brisbane Consortium, the development is also the first of its kind in Brisbane to obtain the 6-star Green Star Communities rating, which acknowledges its credentials across five areas – governance, liveability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation.
The Queensland Government is equally enthused about the nearing completion of Queen’s Wharf.
“The Sky Deck is poised to become a tourist magnet as the centrepiece of the world-class Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, so to be here to mark this milestone is great,” said the state’s Acting Premier, Steven Miles.
“As we move closer toward the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, all eyes will be on this city and its developments like this that will attract even more people to town to get their picture on the glass floor viewing platform, to visit a restored heritage building or have dinner overlooking Brisbane.
“Seeing the finished Sky Deck is extra special, as the completed deck is made from Australian steel, manufactured just up the road at Beenleigh.”
The Sky Deck was constructed using 725 tonnes of steel, with the three parts of the structure taking around 10 months to be levered into place.
Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is scheduled to begin a staged opening from April 2024, after The Star Entertainment Group announced early last month that the development’s debut would be delayed.
“We are well underway with the internal fit out of The Star Grand hotel, which will offer direct access to one of the city’s largest ballrooms and other new, exciting entertainment, dining and tourism spaces as part of the integrated resort,” said Dodt.