Skip to main content

Industry News

sb head

27 Sep 2022

Queen’s Wharf Bridge Transforms Brisbane’s Skyline

Queen’s Wharf Bridge Transforms Brisbane’s Skyline

Having the Neville Bonner Bridge's towering mast in place has completely changed Brisbane's skyline.

It comes after the successful installation of the first portion of the famous Sky Deck, marking two consecutive construction milestones for the groundbreaking Queen's Wharf Brisbane development.

Brisbane's newest pedestrian bridge, which will link the South Bank cultural forecourt to the CBD at Queen's Wharf Brisbane, has a stunning structural and architectural high point that rises 75 metres, matching the height of the Story Bridge.

According to Simon Crooks, project director for the Destination Brisbane Consortium, the Neville Bonner Bridge will be a treasured asset for the community, improving connectivity and "supercharging Brisbane's skyline."

“Just a day after the platform of the Sky deck was lifted into place, the installation of the Neville Bonner Bridge mast is an even more significant construction milestone,” Mr Crooks said.

“The bridge in essence creates a pedestrian only highway between Brisbane’s cultural precinct, the rail and bus network hubs at South Brisbane, and Queen’s Wharf including the southern end of the CBD.

“Furthermore, the Neville Bonner Bridge creates a majestic pedestrian river loop that takes in the amazing city views from the South Bank Promenade and the Mangrove Walk that showcases local Indigenous totems and storytelling.

“Together with the 28-metres of lower mast already in place, the structure now sits at around 75-metres above the river’s edge, around the same height as the Story Bridge.”

The last portion of the mast was successfully placed, according to Liam Robertson, state manager for Fitzgerald Constructions Australia in Queensland, completing the bridge's steel structural component.

“The final section of the mast, weighing 140-tonnes and 50-metres in length, was carefully and methodically lifted into place using a 600-tonne crawler crane positioned on a barge.” Mr Robertson said.

“The tip of mast has an aviation safety light and incorporates an electronic beacon that is detectable by aviation aircraft.

“The construction of the 320-metre bridge will continue into 2023 with the final decks, balustrades and suspension cables installed before connecting it to the established deck section over the Riverside Expressway.

“The bridge connects South Bank and the integrated resort’s dining and retail level enabling direct access to the CBD via George Street.”

At several points on and approaching the bridge, Senator Neville Bonner's legacy will be remembered.

“The Neville Bonner bust that was in the Neville Bonner Building will be positioned prominently at the connection between the bridge and integrated resort.

“The bust, long with plaques at the bridge lookout, will acknowledge the importance of Neville Bonner’s legacy as Australia’s first Indigenous federal member of parliament”, Mr Crooks said.