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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.

- On Wednesday 28 October 2020 between 9:30am and 3pm - weather permitting - there will be intermittent promenade closures running parallel from the Cultural Forecourt to the new path at the Riverside Open Space site (near the children’s playground). Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured via the Arbour during these closures, with traffic control and signage in place to guide movements. Access to the South Bank 1 and 2 Ferry Terminals will be provided from both ends of the promenade closure by traffic controllers to ferry patrons. Russell Street will be closed during the promenade closure periods.

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:

From Monday 28 September on 2 days per week for the next four weeks, intermittent crane lifts will occur from a barge in the river over Clem Jones Promenade to the Cultural Forecourt. Lifts will take place between 9:30am and 3pm. There will be traffic controllers in position at Russell Street and on Clem Jones Promenade between South Bank 1 and 2 Ferry Terminals to assist pedestrians and cyclists when lifts are occurring. Temporary holds may be required for up to 5 minutes.

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, however some haulage will occur:

- 4am to 6am, Monday 19 October until Friday 23 October 2020.
- 4am to 6am, Monday 26 October until Friday 30 October 2020.

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.

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

Aquativity and Stream, South Bank Parklands

In the coming weeks, Aquativity and the Stream will be closed for essential maintenance works. These works will include system repairs and inspections due to general wear and tear.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

Works will be conducted from Tuesday 6 October to late-November, from 6am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Please note that regulations around noisy works hours will be followed. The works may generate some noise and dust, measures will be in place to reduce impacts where possible.

Please note that Streets Beach and the Boat Pool will remain open for visitors to enjoy. For further information, please contact [email protected]