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Brisbane City are progressing with history making infrastructure projects that will cater for the future of the inner city and as a result will attract international business and visitors, further enhancing the lifestyle of Australia’s most liveable city.

The Queensland government has announced the consortiums PULSE and UNITY as the companies that will build the transformational Cross River Rail Network.

Artist’s Impression Of The Queens Wharf Precinct. Image source: brisbane.qld.gov.au

After a comprehensive tender process, Destination Brisbane Consortium has awarded Multiplex has as the preferred contractor status for major construction works at the Queen’s Wharf precincts. Multiplex is currently constructing Brisbane’s newest exciting entertainment precinct, the Brisbane Quarter, which includes the newly opened W Hotel.

The Director of the Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) Project has said the contract has yet to be finalised, requiring Board approval and endorsement by the Queensland State government. The initial works, including the iconic Sky Deck and the resort development shell and core, are expected to start within months. The construction of the shell and core covers the basement, the base services, the tower structures and the integrated resort’s façade. This includes the high-rise tower shells made ready for later fitting out, and the podium level between the towers and Sky Deck that will sit 100 metres above the level of the street. Work on the basement by Multiplex will require the building of a basement car park of five levels and back-of-house facilities for the resort which includes cafeteria for staff, kitchen, laundry a central energy pant and other necessary amenities.

The QLD government has announced the PULSE Consortium and UNITY Rail will build the transformational $5.4 billion Cross River Rail Network. Cross River Rail entails a 10.2 kilometre rail line running to Bowen Hills from Dutton Park. A 5.9 kilometre twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and the Central Business District is to be constructed together with four new underground rail stations and upgrades to existing stations. It is a very large undertaking covering 370,000 square metres of floor area and an energy-efficient glazed façade of 105,000 metres squared. It is expected to be a major tourism drawcard for the state and one that its local citizens will embrace. 

The PULSE Consortium is led by CIMIC Group companies, CPB Contractors. Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM and Ghella. It will be responsible for the Tunnel, Stations and Development public/private partnership.

UNITY is the Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) Alliance, similarly, brings together companies such as Wired Overhead Solutions and Martinus Rail. Hitachi Rail STS will deliver the European Train Control System (ECTS).

Artist’s Impression of Roma Street Station. Image Source: brisbane.qld.gov.au

The Queensland Premier, Anastacia Palaszczuk, has decided to guarantee full funding of the $5.4 billion project alone rather than wait upon decisions by major federal parties heavily engaged currently in electioneering. She has said the work being undertaken would generate almost 8,000 jobs including 450 training and apprentice opportunities.  There will be new jobs in construction, demolition, tunneling, engineering, electrical trades and project management. She has pointed out that Cross River Rail is Brisbane’s new underground; it will double heavy rail capacity through the CBD. There will be more trains, more often, throughout the south-east and the new network will cater for future growth. 

Artists Impression of Albert Street Station. Image source: brisbane.qld.gov.au

The Transport Minister has said that by 2024 Cross River Rail will be ready to service the south-east and that, as a turn-up-and-go network, will enable cars to be taken off the road, easing congestion and, environmentally, making the whole area more liveable. 

Through to the middle of this year (2019) the Cross River Rail delivery Authority will continue working with the consortia to ensure the finalizing of contracts, the delivery schedule and contractor mobilization. Contractors are expected to establish a site presence later in the year.

The outlook for Brisbane and south-east Queensland’s economy is positive. This huge project is on the move and will help deliver Brisbane City Council’s vision to turn Albert Street into a “green spine” linking the Botanic Gardens to the Roma Street Parkland through the middle of the Central Business District. It will improve connectivity across the south-east, creating precincts at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street and Exhibition. This historic, job-creating mega-project represents the grasping of a once-only opportunity that will fundamentally change the region and considerably enhance Brisbane’s ambition to become an attractive and envied New World capital city. 

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