Hotel part of $100m Brisbane wharves makeover

An artist’s impression of what Howard Smith Wharves will look like.

Work on Brisbane’s $100 million Howard Smith Wharves development is about to start, eight years after the city-changing development was mooted.

Developers HSW Nominees have engaged Hutchinson Builders to undertake the seven-stage construction of the restaurant precinct, convention centre and Art Series Hotel.

The plan to reinvigorate the inner-city heritage site was mooted by former lord mayor and premier Campbell Newman in 2009 but the process was delayed by community opposition and the 2011 floods.

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Proponents Adam Flaskas and Siobhan Bickle, who operate Brisbane’s Victoria Park Golf Course and function centre and a string of independent hotels, last week successfully won council approval for the latest incarnation of the $100 million plan.

A construction management plan lodged with council says landscaped open spaces will link ­entertainment areas with the New Farm Riverwalk.

“The development will see the rejuvenation of this area of Brisbane, and the heritage value ­retained and enhanced with the existing wharf buildings refurbished,” it says.

“These buildings will be utilised for Brisbane’s new entertainment precincts with cafes, restaurants, bars and conference facilities ­occupying these existing offices and shed structures.”

In addition to the refurbishment of World War II-era buildings, a 8450sqm, eight-storey hotel and a convention centre will be built. Site clearing and cliff stabilisation is expected to start next month.

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