Star Entertainment details further delay to $3.6bn Brisbane project

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The Star Entertainment Group has disclosed a further delay to the ongoing A$3.6bn Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, with an expected opening now pushed beyond the current year.

It was previously anticipated that the project would begin welcoming guests, at a rate of 1.4 million per year, during the latter stages of 2023. 

However, it has now been advised by Destination Brisbane Consortium, the privately-owned and operated joint venture between The Star and its partners Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium, that a change to the expected opening date has been issued.

This comes following a review of the current construction progress, with an amended delivery timeline now placing an expected opening date to be met in April 2024.

Star CEO Robbie Cooke echoed previous statement that wide infrastructure pressure being felt across the county has had a knock on effect at Queen’s Wharf. A previous escalation in costs was also aligned to escalating construction material costs, labour shortages and supply chain challenges.

“The revised opening date follows careful consideration of current progress by our builder,” Cooke commented. 

“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.” 

Despite this, the Star has detailed the first handover of control for an area within the construction precinct, with the keys having been received to several dining, entertainment and gaming areas on levels five and six of the resort

In addition, the third and final Sky Deck bridge was moved into place earlier this month. When completed, this will connect all four towers of the Queen’s Wharf development.

The Sky Deck will showcase a 250-metre open-air rooftop runway of bars and restaurants, provide panoramic views from 100 metres above the Brisbane River and have capacity for up to 1,500 people.