Place: North Bank, Brisbane
Part of North Bank,
including the William Street heritage precinct.
Trust of Queensland
The name North Bank is now
used to describe the area between the Victoria Bridge and the Alice Street Parliamentary
precinct. It includes the William Street heritage precinct which encompasses eight sites included in the Queensland Heritage Register. Also
included are Queen’s Wharf Road, possibly the oldest thoroughfare in Brisbane , and the Riverside Expressway
constructed in the 1970s. The heritage buildings of William Street
are linked aesthetically as well as historically and have a strong connection to the
Statement of Risk:
The proposed development of the North Bank of the Brisbane River required the developer to provide considerable public infrastructure at no
cost to the government. The result was large buildings on platforms over the river. These would have had a significant impact on the heritage
values of the William Street precinct, especially with regard to views and vistas. Environmental and
ecological impacts have yet to be fully investigated.
Risk: At risk – no solution agreed
As a consequence in part of
the Trust’s North Bank campaign, a three day Enquiry by Design process investigated alternate
designs for the North Bank. The Queensland government was expected to release a new North Bank design for public comment in late July or early
A design can be agreed upon
which makes North Bank a vibrant, high-quality, signature place for Brisbane which at the same time recognises the importance of the river and
celebrates the environmental and heritage values of the whole of the northern bank of the Brisbane River, not just a few
North Bank Update’, in Trust News
Queensland , vol. 20, August 2008, p. 3.