Perfect perch: Queen’s Wharf Sky Deck slots into place ahead of April opening

The Queen’s Wharf Sky Deck has been lifted into place 100 metres above the Brisbane River, topping out the Star Grand Hotel.

Jul 12, 2023, updated Jul 12, 2023
How the Sky Deck was expected to look at completion (Image: Destination Brisbane)

How the Sky Deck was expected to look at completion (Image: Destination Brisbane)

Star’s $3.6 billion casino and hotel development, which has been slowed by Covid delays, was expected to open in April next year.

The open-air rooftop Sky Deck would be open every day for up to 1500 people. It will have a signature restaurant, all-day casual dining, a hero bar and a sky-high events space.

A glass floor viewing platform at the mid-way mark would provide a view and photo opportunities for the expected tourists.

The company said the lifting of the 250-metre-long, crescent-shaped Sky Deck was a milestone for the project. When completed it was expected to be focal point of the project.

The Destination Brisbane consortium is behind the project and its project director Simon Crooks said about a million cubic metres of concrete has already gone into the construction of the project. All that has been strengthened with 22,000 tonnes of steel.

“With 375 tonnes of steel lifted into place to complete the final piece of Brisbane’s newest attraction, we will now focus on completing the Sky Deck structure and hospitality features that sit on the upper terrace of the Sky Deck as well as the internals of The Star Grand hotel,” Crooks said.

Star chief operating officer Kevin Dodt said it was a special and long-anticipated moment for Queen’s Wharf and The Star Brisbane.

“This will become one of the city’s most recognisable skyscapes elevating Brisbane’s already growing international reputation as a must-visit destination ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he said.

“Just as importantly, Sky Deck will be for the people of Brisbane as a vibrant public space to enjoy day and night, whether for important occasions, a casual catch up or just to take in the views.”

“We are well underway with the internal fit out of The Star Grand hotel, which will offer direct access to one of the city’s largest ballrooms and other new, exciting entertainment, dining and tourism spaces as part of the integrated resort.”

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