Hamilton Northshore Seen as Ideal Site For Olympics Athletes’ Village

Did you know that Northshore Hamilton has been identified as an ideal site for building the Athletes’ Village for the 2032 Olympics? While the international sports event is still a decade away, planning discussions have begun between Brisbane City Council and the International Olympics Committee (IOC). 

Documents released by IOC showed that Hamilton’s Northshore could be the site of a new 14,000-bed facility, which the athletes will call their temporary home in Brisbane.

For the next few years, Hamilton Northshore’s 50-hectare riverfront land will be boosted with heaps of commercial and residential developments to prepare the precinct once the international guests arrive.  

The athletes’ village could be turned into public housing after the Olympics. 

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However, the committee also said that other location options around Brisbane are still under evaluation and the details will be provided with due diligence. 

IOC said that they decided the host in advance because of “the uncertainty the world is facing right now” and they would like to seize the momentum presented by Brisbane and its many project developments.

IOC also said that about 80 to 90 percent of the “advanced Games concept” venues needed in the Olympics are already existing in Brisbane or will be completed by 2032. 

“The hard work is not over yet as we embark on an 11 year journey, working closely with all three levels of government, to deliver the transport infrastructure our growing region needs for many decades to come,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.

Brisbane will be the third Australian location to host the Olympics after Sydney in 2000 and Melbourne in 1956. 

Four New Commercial Buildings to Rise at Hamilton Northshore

Hamilton Northshore will be the site of four new commercial buildings following a multi-million land agreement between Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), the Queensland Government’s property development and community-shaping agency, and investment company Alceon.

“This agreement unlocks land to support business growth and will create more local jobs,” Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said.

“This is also a vote of confidence by Alceon in the Queensland economy with the company set to build four new commercial buildings over the next six years.”

Alceon, which has already invested $100 million in the Brisbane Technology Park (BTP) Northshore, is set to inject $40 million for the project which is expected to generate more than 20 construction jobs annually for a period of six years.

Mr Dick added that more national and international companies, such as BTP Northshore’s existing tenants Puma Energy, Harris Communications, Fujitsu, Becton Dickinson and Clinical Network Services, will be encouraged to move to the “Sunrise State” as the site expands its portfolio of world-class commercial buildings.

Four New Commercial Buildings to Rise at Hamilton Northshore
Northshore Hamilton Urban Development Area
Photo credit: The State of Queensland (Department of State Development) 2019 / dsdmip.qld.gov.au

“Our developments provide accommodation for a range of land uses including commercial office, research and development and high-tech warehousing together with café amenities and ample secure car parking,” Alceon Project Director Paul Huston said.

“Located strategically between the airport and CBD, Northshore’s bikeways, recreation spaces, retail and childcare offerings provide a unique proposition for both residents and businesses who can live, work and play in a thriving riverfront precinct.

“The success of Northshore is directly linked to continual investment by EDQ in precinct infrastructure and place-making activities.

“Alceon is proud to be part of this exciting long-term project that will benefit Queensland.”

The first of the four buildings to be located at 385 Macarthur Avenue is expected to commence by the end of 2019. These buildings will be home to up to 1,200 employees once completed. 

The Northshore Hamilton master plan is the state’s largest urban renewal project,  located on the 304-hectare former wharf and port area, that will deliver residential and office accommodation, as well as entertainment, commercial, retail, and leisure facilities over the next 30 years. 

Hamilton Northshore and St Lucia to Get Ferry Connection to Future Howard Smith Wharves Terminal

A ferry terminal will be built at Howard Smith Wharves, linking the Hamilton Northshore and UQ St Lucia terminals to the much-anticipated riverfront destination.

Brisbane City Council made the announcement as Howard Smith Wharves closes in on the opening date. The ferry terminal will be jointly funded by Howard Smith Wharves and the council. Howard Smith Wharves will contribute $3 million to the $12-million project.

Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal
Proposed site of the Howard Smith Wharves ferry terminal. (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner believes that building a terminal at Howard Smith Wharves makes perfect sense. After a $110-million revitalisation effort, Howard Smith Wharves is poised to become a world-class lifestyle and public entertainment riverfront precinct.

“With its river’s edge location, public parkland, hotel, dining and bars, Howard Smith Wharves is the ideal location for the city’s next ferry terminal,” the deputy mayor said.

“With regular events planned at Howard Smith Wharves’ exhibition centre, as well as the restaurants, bars and public parkland expected to attract large crowds, the terminal will provide convenient public transport to the site.”

The addition of the terminal is the first expansion to the river ferry network since 2015.

Howard Smith Wharves Consortium Chief Executive Officer Luke Fraser is happy about the proposed terminal.

“With our unique position beneath the Story Bridge, there will be no better way to get to Howard Smith Wharves than on the river, which is at the heart of the city’s transformation into a New World City,” Mr Fraser said.

The Howard Smith Wharves terminal is scheduled to open in 2020.

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