11 July 2022
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John Holland secures contract for Stage One of Waterfront Brisbane

John Holland Group has secured the contract to develop the first stage of the iconic Waterfront Brisbane development by leading Australian real estate group, Dexus.

This once-in-a-generation project will transform the existing Waterfront Place and Eagle Street Pier site into a global-standard business and tourist destination. 

The two-stage project includes two new office towers, premium riverfront dining, enhanced retail offerings and more expansive public spaces, with a widened and upgraded riverwalk for pedestrians and cyclists.

Stage one of the project will commence this year with expected completion in 2027. 

John Holland CEO, Joe Barr, said he is proud that John Holland will play a part in transforming Brisbane’s waterfront for generations to come.

“This project will deliver an outstanding commercial and entertainment precinct for Brisbane as it emerges as one of Australia’s future cities,” Mr Barr said.

“We look forward to creating an iconic precinct that will breathe new life into this prime riverside location, while attracting new investment and local and international tourists.”

John Holland Executive General Manager Building & Development, David Lehmann, said he was pleased to continue the strong partnership formed with Dexus during the recent delivery of 180 Flinders Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

“Our clients trust us with the complex and unconventional. We provide Dexus with a combination of marine and building construction expertise supported by a team that knows live operational environments through working on major CBD projects across our building, rail and infrastructure businesses,” Mr Lehmann said.

“We invest in our client’s success, and from the very beginning our team has taken the time to understand what is important to Dexus.”

Mr Lehmann said the project will set a global standard in sustainable construction and outcomes, targeting a 6-Star Green Star Buildings V1 rating, NABERS rating targets of 5.5-Star Energy, 4.5-Star Water and 4-Star Waste, as well as targeting WELL Core Gold certification and a Climate Active Carbon Neutral Building certification.

The project’s first stage includes the design and construction of:

  • The North Tower comprising approximately 72,500sqm NLA of premium-grade office space
  • New Riverwalk and public realm
  • New integrated retail areas.


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