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Queen’s Wharf opening delayed

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The opening of the skyline-changing $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development on the Brisbane riverfront has been officially pushed back into 2024 after a review of construction progress.

The new dining, entertainment, hotel and events complex is now expected to begin opening in April 2024, delayed from an anticipated staged debut starting in December 2023, indicated in April this year.

The development is being undertaken via a joint partnership between The Star Entertainment Group, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium, collected called the Destination Brisbane Consortium.

The complex will include The Star Brisbane, 1,000 or more hotel rooms, via The Star Grand, a Dorsett hotel and others yet to be confirmed, a 1,500 pax ballroom managed by The Star and a wraparound 250m long sky deck suspended 100m over the city, filled with restaurants and bars and also likely to offer some event space.

“The revised opening date follows careful consideration of current progress by our builder. Queen’s Wharf has not been immune from the types of pressures that other major infrastructure projects across Australia have encountered,” said The Star’s group CEO and managing director, Robbie Cooke.

“We are disappointed, but this transformational development for Brisbane has been eight years in the making already, and it will be well worth the wait. Queen’s Wharf will be a game-changer for a city that continues to attract the eyes of the world as we charge towards the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

However, The Star, in announcing the delayed opening to the Australian stock market did note that some parts of the building were officially handed over by building contractor Multiplex last week, so the entertainment group could start bumping in spaces for their intended uses. The last part of the sky deck was also craned into place last week.

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