Just occasionally the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) gets the opportunity to assist in a truly iconic development. The Howard Smith Wharves redevelopment falls into that category.
Since 2014, the OLGR has been in close consultation with the Brisbane City Council (BCC) and developer HSW Nominees Pty Ltd over the redevelopment of the Howard Smith Wharves (HSW) beneath the Story Bridge.
The 3.43 hectare site will be transformed into a riverside precinct, with more than 2.7 hectares of public open space to be used for markets, festivals and a range of public events. The historic wharf buildings on the site form part of the pre-1940s Port of Brisbane, which have remained unused for more than 20 years.
The heritage buildings and wharf will be carefully converted into new restaurants and cafes run by some of Australia’s leading operators. The development will also feature:
a 1500m2 exhibition centre with stage and entertainment areas
function and meeting rooms
a craft brewery with a beer garden and
a large overwater bar located in front of the existing story bridge pylons.
There will also be a 164-room, five-star boutique hotel, operated by the Deague Group, a well-known hotel developer whose projects include Art Series Hotels in other parts of the country.
OLGR will continue to work together with the BCC and HSW Nominees to ensure that the benefits of the development are realised, while ensuring that harm from liquor, and impacts on the local area are minimised.
The Howard Smith Wharves project is due for completion in late 2018.