Kangaroo Point Cliff Repairs Cause Temporary Detours for Pedestrians

Pedestrian access at Kangaroo Point is undergoing temporary changes due to essential cliff remediation works.

The Brisbane City Council has announced that the stairs adjacent to Joey’s, leading down to the cliff base, will be closed on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from 3rd to 17th July.

Alternative Routes and Assistance Available

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To accommodate these necessary repairs, a detour has been established via the southern stairs located opposite Llewellyn Street. The council has assured the public that clear signage and traffic control will be in place to guide pedestrians and minimise disruption during this period.

Project Timeline Subject to Change

While the council aims to complete the remediation works within the specified timeframe, it is important to note that this is contingent upon weather conditions and any unforeseen circumstances that may arise on-site.

Council Urges Patience and Cooperation

As these works are crucial for the safety and preservation of the Kangaroo Point cliffs, the Brisbane City Council requests the understanding and cooperation of residents and visitors during this temporary inconvenience.

Published Date 03-July-2024

New Kangaroo Point Green Bridge: A Feat of Engineering

The construction of the new Kangaroo Point Green Bridge has reached a significant milestone with the successful installation of a 95-metre-high tower mast.

The operation was carried out by Marr’s heavy-duty tower crane, a 330-tonne Favelle Favco M2480D, which was installed on a platform in the middle of the Brisbane River.

The crane, equipped with a 64-metre jib, can lift its maximum capacity at a 15-metre radius, or take 100 tonnes to a 45-metre radius with a hook height of around 130 metres. This impressive lifting capacity enabled it to hoist the 25-metre-high, 180-tonne prefabricated steel masthead to a height of 95 metres.

The mast is the heaviest lift to be undertaken on the project, where the crane has already completed more than 10 major lifts during the first 12 months of the job.

The contract to build the bridge was awarded in 2021 to Connect Brisbane, a Besix Watpac led consortium. The consortium involved Marr at an early stage in the design phase, to develop a lifting strategy that supported their preferred construction methods for the project.

Project director, Rowan Riggall, praised the in-house engineering team for identifying the M2480D as the most suitable crane in the Australian market capable of lifting the fully assembled masthead.

Managing director, Simon Marr, highlighted the benefits of modularised construction with fewer, heavier lifts, stating it not only helps to deliver a safer, more productive site, but also allows the client to share the economic benefit delivered by the project.

The new bridge, an initiative of Brisbane City Council, will be an iconic landmark destination connecting Brisbane’s Central Business District with the eastern suburbs. At a length of 460 metres, the bridge will be among the longest span cable stay pedestrian and cycle bridges in the world. Construction is due to be completed in 2024.

More than 240 metres of the Bridge’s spans have been installed, passing the halfway mark across the Brisbane River. The cost of the project was initially estimated at $190 million but has been revised a few times and is now $299 million.

This project represents a significant achievement in engineering and construction, and is a testament to the innovation and dedication of all parties involved.

Published 26-January-2024

Lambert Street Development Appeal Worries Residents Over Council Backflip

Residents in Kangaroo Point are worried that Brisbane City Council could backflip on a rejected development application for a high-rise on Lambert Street, now on appeal at the Planning & Environment Court.

The group Say No to 108 Lambert St believes that despite Council’s commitment to fighting the appeal, there are concerns that it might enter into secret talks with the developer, Pikos Group. 

There is a precedent for their concern as the Council entered into a resolution process with the development of TriCare’s retirement facility in Taringa. Say No to 108 Lambert St said that this process was not conducted in a court hearing thus there are no public records of the resolution. As a result, the Taringa facility’s development will adapt minor amendments only, despite a number of opposition from the residents. 

Photo Credit: Say No to 108 Lambert St/Facebook

Residents also question the relationship of some Council members to Pedro Pikos, the head of Pikos Group, who was part of the Community Planning Team and served as the advisor for the Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan. 

A spokesperson for the Council, however, said that the planning team consisted of “local residents, workers, property owners, business owners and students” who are familiar with the area and could best provide inputs during the mapping out of the neighbourhood plan in meetings between 2016 to 2017.

Meanwhile, new evidence has emerged that one of the three buildings in the planned 108 Lambert Street development is beyond the height limit. Independent surveyors assessed that the 15-storey building’s height could actually be for a 16-storey building. This suggested that Council could has stronger grounds to win the appeal at the Planning & Environment Court. 

Check the Lambert Street development application at Developmenti Brisbane DA A005542190

Council Eyes Construction Of Kangaroo Point Green Bridge This Year

Following years of delay and issues with funding, the construction of Kangaroo Point green bridge is finally a step closer to reality. A development application for the bridge has been lodged and is now under consideration by the Brisbane City Council.

Subject to approval, a contract for the design and construction of the bridge is expected to be awarded by mid-2021. Construction is scheduled to start in late 2021. Depending on weather conditions, the Kangaroo Point green bridge should be complete by late 2023.
Subject to approval, a contract for the design and construction of the bridge is expected to be awarded by mid-2021. Construction is scheduled to start in late 2021. Depending on weather conditions, the Kangaroo Point green bridge should be complete by late 2023.Subject to approval, a contract for the design and construction of the bridge is expected to be awarded by mid-2021, ahead of construction starting in late 2021 and depending on weather conditions, construction for the Kangaroo Point green bridge should be complete by late 2023.

Location map (Photo credit: brisbane.qld.gov.au

Read: Kangaroo Point Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan Now in Effect

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced the green bridge in 2019, a few days since he was selected as the new mayor of the city. The new green bridge at Kangaroo Point is one of the five green bridges planned for Brisbane.

The green bridge, aimed to connect Kangaroo Point to CBD, has long been anticipated. It was one of the priority projects of former Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, as part of Brisbane City Council’s 2013 Draft City Centre Master Plan. However, the Council did not have the funds to build it at the time.

Artist’s impression (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

A draft reference design presented by Council showed it will have an elegant single-mast cable-stayed structure, designed to complement the city skyline and minimise visual impact. Other features include a dedicated cycle and pedestrian paths, sub-tropical design elements including landscaping, a variety of places to pause and take in expansive river and city views, and shade along the length of the pedestrian path.

In August 2020, a consultation with the community, held, revealed 71-percent of locals support the draft reference design. Around 69-percent were in favour of the design of the Kangaroo Point landing whilst 72-percent support the design of the Brisbane CBD landing.

Artist’s impression of the Kangaroo Point landing at Scott Street (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

Whilst the majority of residents support the draft reference design, a few locals are concerned that the height of the bridge will restrict access to the existing Gardens Point Boat Harbour moorings. Regarding this matter, Council said the bridge design is being progressed with a navigational clearance height of 12.7 metres, which is no lower than the Captain Cook Bridge.

The Kangaroo Point Pedestrian Bridge is estimated to cost $190 million and is projected to accommodate around 5,300 trips per day.

To get the latest updates about the Kangaroo Point green bridge, visit Brisbane City Council’s website.

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Biggest Story Bridge Restoration Project Moves Forward in Time for its 80th Year

In anticipation of the upcoming 80th anniversary of the Story Bridge in 2020, the Brisbane City Council has announced that the tendering process for the biggest restoration project in the history of the iconic structure is now underway, as Council prepares to select a contractor.

Works involve stripping its old paint, cleaning it, and giving it a facelift. Restoring the iconic bridge will require 33,000 litres of paint and is expected to cost around $80 million. The paint restoration will prolong the life of Queensland’s iconic bridge and will help ensure that the local road network continues to be safe and accessible for all users.

“Not only are we building the new bridges & transport infrastructure Brisbane needs as it grows, Team Schrinner is also investing in protecting our critical city assets like the Story Bridge,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said in a Facebook post.

“That’s why my recent budget allocated funding to kick-off the biggest restoration project ever carried out during the bridge’s history,” he added.

Story Bridge restoration project is anticipated to start early 2020 and will take five years to complete. This will be the first time Story Bridge will be repainted since it was built between 1935 and 1940. 

Council will announce the successful contractor late 2019 and will provide further information to the community as the project progresses and before any works begin on site.

Story Bridge to Get $80M Worth of Restoration

The Story Bridge has stood the test of time but as it approaches its 80th year in 2020, Brisbane City Council has initiated a 5-year, major restoration to continue to help residents get home quickly and safely.

With an aim to prolong the life of the 79-year-old bridge connecting Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point, BCC is planning to blast bare, paint and restore it.

Planning for the Story Bridge restoration began in February 2019, wherein the Council will discuss stripping old paint, cleaning it and giving it a 105,000-square-metre face lift.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the restoration will require more than 33,000 litres of paint. The Story Bridge’s steely-grey colour will be retained but they will scrape and blast off the old paint and then completely repaint the bridge the same colour.

Cr Quirk said it was vital that the Council continued to maintain the Story Bridge to ensure it continued to stand as an iconic figure on Brisbane’s skyline.

“Works are expected to commence after Riverfire and will be carried out in stages over a five-year period to ensure the Story Bridge can continue to be used by traffic and feature in some of our city’s favourite festivities,” Cr Quirk said.

The Story Bridge will not close during the paint job but some lanes will be closed during some stages.

Story Bridge History

The bridge’s construction, which lasted for more than five years, began in May 1935. The design for the bridge was based heavily on that of the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal, completed in 1930. John Bradfield, the appointed consulting engineer to the Bureau of Industry, recommended a steel cantilever bridge.  

Kangaroo Point during construction of the Story Bridge Brisbane, 1938 (Photo credit: slq.gov.au)

Back then, 400 people were employed to build the bridge at the height of the construction, making it one of Queensland’s main employment-generating projects during the 1930s Depression.

The bridge was named after John Douglas Story, a senior and influential public servant who had advocated strongly for the bridge’s construction.