Future Brisbane: Queen’s Wharf project wins six-star green rating
21 Sep 2017
QUEEN’S Wharf won’t just have six-star hotels, the entire development has received a six-star rating. But it’s not for its luxury.
THE design for Brisbane’s new Queen’s Wharf precinct has earned it the city’s first 6 Star Green Star Communities rating.
The $3 billion integrated resort development, due for completion in 2022, was granted the coveted rating based on social, environmental and economic sustainability outcomes.
The Green Building Council of Australia praised the livability of the precinct, recognising the commitment to public areas and green space for outdoor events, arts and culture, and encouraging healthy and active lifestyle options.
“This 6 Star Green Star rating represents world leadership in masterplanned communities,” GBCA chief executive officer Romilly Madew said.
“The environmental objectives are impressive, and include sustainable buildings that suit Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate, a central energy plant to reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources and the revegetation of existing mangroves along the river front.
“But equally impressive are the initiatives designed to build great places for people. Queen’s Wharf Brisbane will be designed to inspire healthy and active living, to encourage economic prosperity and to foster social inclusion,” Ms Madew said.
Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said the developer was very proud of the rating.
“It acknowledges our efforts to ensure we have designed a new CBD precinct in a way that understands and supports how people want to live,’’ he said.It had also taken into account the scale of the development’s footprint — “like nothing our city has seen before’’ — and how it connected to the rest of the city centre.
Mr Crooks said the rating had been achieved through investing in community infrastructure, such as the new Neville Bonner Pedestrian Bridge linking Queen’s Wharf to South Bank and the arts and cultural precinct.
Upgraded bikeways and walkways, including a new mangrove boardwalk with indigenous trail, were included in the assessment.
The Green Building Council of Australia rates developments across five categories: governance, livability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation.
A public submissions period on the overall development plan for Queen’s Wharf opened yesterday and will run for six weeks.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “I want people from across the state to have a say on Queen’s Wharf, because it is a project that is truly going to shape and transform our city.
“But this development will always be balanced by what the people want in our vibrant city, and this is your opportunity to have your say on our future.”
The development application and associated documents can be found by searching for DEV2017/846 here.
Originally published as Why Queen’s Wharf is a six-star precinct