Australia’s Star Entertainment Group has postponed the opening date of its AU$3.6 billion (US$2.4 billion) Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development by four months until April 2024.
In a project update, the company said it has advised of the change from its previous December 2023 opening date following a review by owners Destination Brisbane Consortium of the current construction progress. Destination Brisbane Consortium is held 50% by Star and 25% each by Hong Kong’s Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium International.
“The revised opening date follows careful consideration of current progress by our builder,” said Star’s Group CEO and Managing Director, Robbie Cooke. “Queen’s Wharf has not been immune from the types of pressures that other major infrastructure projects across Australia have encountered.
“We are disappointed, but this transformational development for Brisbane has been eight years in the making already, and it will be well worth the wait. Queen’s Wharf will be a game-changer for a city that continues to attract the eyes of the world as we charge towards the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
While opening has been delayed, Star said it continues to make progress in Brisbane having last week “received the keys” to several dining, entertainment and gaming areas on Levels 5 and 6 of the resort, representing the first handover of control for an area within the construction precinct from building contractor Multiplex.
The Star will now commence bump-in of the respective areas, it said.
Developers have also moved into place the third and final Sky Deck bridge section, allowing the Sky Deck lift and connection to take place in the coming weeks. The completed Sky Deck will connect all four towers of the Queen’s Wharf development and provide a 250-metre open-air rooftop runway of bars and restaurants. It is designed to provide panoramic views from 100 metres above the Brisbane River, with capacity for up to 1,500 people.