Construction projects at South Bank - Visit Brisbane


Construction projects at South Bank

South Bank Parklands is undergoing significant transformation, with many exciting construction projects currently underway in the precinct. 

This page will provide information about the upcoming impacts of construction to South Bank Parklands visitors.

Riverside Open Space

The Riverside Open Space project will deliver 6816sqm riverside green space, world-class designed barbecue facilities, a public art feature, riverfront events and function space.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

The final stage of the Riverside Open Space project will start from 7 February 2020, with works completed in early 2021. The Riverside Green lawn and some seating will be closed during the works. The playground will remain open. General construction noise can be expected. Traffic controllers will be in place to assist vehicle movements, which will be via Russell Street and the promenade.

For more information about the project, please visit the South Bank Corporation website.

Neville Bonner Bridge

The Neville Bonner Bridge will link both sides of the Brisbane River, forming a stronger connection between the popular South Bank arts and cultural precinct and the future Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

On 14 December, several trucks will be brought onsite for works.

For more information about the project, please visit the Queens Wharf Brisbane website.

New Performing Arts Venue

In May 2018, the Queensland Government announced it would invest $125 million over four years to deliver a new $150 million theatre on the Playhouse Green site co-located with and operated by QPAC. 

The New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV) is a new $150 million theatre will deliver a minimum 1500 seat theatre to meet existing audience and producer demand and support continued growth of performing arts in Queensland.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

From Friday 9 October 2020 piling works will begin within the construction site located on the corner of Russell Street and Grey Street, impacts include: 

- On site there will be increased movement of heavy machinery, such as excavation and cranes, to facilitate construction activity;
- Increased truck movements per day and semi-trailers exiting site via Grey Street to Vulture Street (13 – 15 October). Traffic control will be in place to ensure the safe entry and exit of vehicles from the site;
- Some construction noise, dust and vibration will occur. Every effort will be made to minimise these impacts including ensuring machinery is operating only when required, and noise and vibration monitoring will also be in place.

Russell Street and Grey Street will be impacted by works from 12 October 2020 which include:

- Reduced traffic speed to 20km per hour;
- Removal of on-road bicycle lanes;
- Pedestrian access routes will be maintained, with alternative routes provided and signed;
- The passenger drop-off zone in Russell Street will have restricted access under the control of traffic controllers from 6:30am – 6:30pm. Due to large machinery entering and exiting the site;
- Vehicles will be asked to seek an alternate drop off location along Grey Street; 
- Removal of the right-hand turn into the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) car park from Grey Street. Patrons will be able to access the BCEC car park via a left-hand turn from Grey Street.

Truck movements will occur during the regular construction hours of 6:30am - 6:30pm.

This will enable the delivery of materials to the site, semi-trailers (including wide-load vehicles) will travel along Grey Street to and from the construction site at the corner of Grey and Russell Streets. There may be some noise. In the event of wet weather or unforeseen circumstances, these activities may be rescheduled for the next available shift.

For more information about the project, please visit the Arts Queensland website.

Cross River Rail

The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail is a new 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

No current impacts.

For more information about the project, please visit the Cross River Rail website.

Brisbane Metro

Connecting the city to the suburbs, Brisbane Metro will be a key part of Brisbane’s greater transport network. Metro services will run along dedicated busways and link with suburban bus and train services as part of a better planned network.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

Works to upgrade the Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place intersection commence on Sunday 10 May 2020 until late 2020. Generally taking place at night between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday. There will be changed traffic conditions including lane and footpath closures with traffic control and signage in place to direct pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

New work zones will be established behind the Cultural Centre bus station, near Victoria Bridge and the corner of Grey Street and Melbourne Street, weeks commencing 9 and 16 November. There are further changes to pedestrian and cyclist movements, signage will be in place.

For more information about the project, please visit the Brisbane City Council website.

Clem Jones Promenade

Over the coming months, several walkway beams will be remediated along the lower section of the Clem Jones Promenade, in front of Streets Beach. These beams require remediation as a result of general wear and tear – this will ensure that structural integrity is maintained and that visitors to the Parklands can continue to enjoy the Brisbane River and parklands precinct for years to come. 

Upcoming impacts to South Bank

Works will take place from Thursday 3 December 2020 until mid-2021, weather permitting. While most works will occur between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, please note that occasional weekend and night works may be required to account for the tidal nature of the Brisbane River, which is adjacent to the work site.

To ensure that the works are completed safely, the lower promenade boardwalk area will be closed to pedestrians for the duration of the project, along with exclusive use of Pontoon C during construction. However, the upper promenade will remain open for pedestrian and cyclist use as per usual. The works may also generate some noise and dust in the immediate area. Intermittent access to the site will be via Sidon Street with significant construction material delivered via barge along the Brisbane River.  

If you have any questions for feedback, please contact [email protected]

Tree Removal - outside Queensland Conservatorium of Music 

Four Blue Quandong trees will be removed from South Bank Parklands, outside the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. An introduced species, their removal is in the interests of public safety, due to their invasive root system posing damage to the surrounding area. The decision to remove the trees was made following a recommendation from an independent arborist. The arborist determined that removal was the only way to manage the root’s impact. The trees will be replaced with a native species, Elaeocarpus Eumundi. This species is an Australian rainforest tree and has been chosen due to its local heritage and its ability to provide natural shade for visitors in the years to come. This variety is far less invasive to building and underground services, proving more suitable to this area of the parkland.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

Works will take place from Monday 30 November to Wednesday 2 December (weather permitting). There will be an exclusion zone around the work site. These works may generate some noise and dust, though control measures will be in place where possible to manage impacts to residents.