Construction workers are digging up the cityscape with the help of the bulldozers as they prepare to dismantle the Brisbane CBD’s urban edge, with one construction worker saying he’s worried that the urban edge will be lost forever.
Urban Edge Brisbane was the city’s first planned development and it’s the only area of the city where developers have the option of redeveloping their buildings and replacing them with more commercial buildings.
The redevelopment plans have been controversial, with some residents opposing the development on the grounds that the development will ruin their heritage, which includes heritage-listed buildings and a Victorian theatre.
Brisbane’s Urban Core is the most dense of the major cities, with an average of more than 60,000 residential units.
In the first phase of the development, around 300 residential units were built and another 500 are planned to be completed within the next 10 years.
However, a Brisbane City Council spokesperson told AAP that “the Brisbane Urban Edge was never a fully developed area and therefore is not a City Core, and is not part of the City’s Core”.
They said that in the first few years of the project, more than 100,000 units were planned and that a lot of those were being redeveloped into hotels and apartments, leaving the city core’s heritage intact.
This would be a loss of one of Brisbane’s oldest urban cores, but it’s still possible that they will be able to re-purpose the buildings for commercial purposes.
But what about the Brisbane City Core?
The Brisbane City core consists of the Brisbane Central Business District, Brisbane North, Brisbane South, Brisbane Central, Brisbane West, and Brisbane East.
It’s the most densely populated of the cities, at 1.7 million people and has an average density of 2.4 people per hectare.
A number of Brisbane residents are also opposed to the project due to the heritage of the buildings that are being replaced, and the possibility of their loss.
The council has been working to find a solution, and this week announced the completion of the first phases of the Urban Edge Brisbane redevelopment.
“The Brisbane Urban Core will be the most diverse urban core in Brisbane, with the exception of the CBD,” said a council spokesperson.
Urban Core Brisbane was first proposed in the mid-1990s and is expected to be complete by 2020.
With the redevelopment planned, the council said it’s expected that more than 1,000 new residential units will be built within the first year of the redevelopment.
The Brisbane City Centre will be expanded to 2.2 million people, and there will also be a new Brisbane International Airport, and a new $100 million mixed-use development, known as the Westfield Brisbane.
More to come.