300 George Street Blogumentary
April 2018 UpdatesApril has brought the W Hotel tower to closer completion as seen from the outside. The decorative cladding on either side of the building was put in and plants were delivered to the site and moved into place.
March 2018 UpdatesMarch had a few interesting developments. The North Quay side crane was removed from the W Hotel part of the construction site. That stretch of the road was closed for the duration of this operation.
February 2018 UpdatesFebruary's update isn't as big as January. Overall the most visible progress has been made on the W Hotel tower. The curved glass side is almost fully sealed in and all the decorative cladding is almost across the whole building. There is a huge way to go until it's complete though!
January 2018 UpdatesHappy New Year! Welcome to the first update from 300 George Street for 2018. There was quite a big break on site around Christmas and New Year but once work was back on, lots of developments happened. Lets see some photos from the site and surrounds.
December 2017 updatesThis is the first monthly update and a new format for each post. I've taken a bunch of photos from around the site during the month and Bernard has taken his usual high rise photos looking down on the site. There's a more detailed update from Bernard below too.
Remaining photos and updates for November 2017As I mentioned in a previous post I'm going to be reducing the number of updates I post on this blog. Updates will now happen on a monthly basis and will have a new format.
Some cool shots from up highHere's a bunch of photos that I've had sent in. These are taken from up high looking down on the ground below. Looks pretty amazing!
October fog blankets the siteNot much visibility this morning with the heavy fog blanketing Brisbane. Top of the W Hotel tower construction is right in the heavy part of it.
The W Hotel tower reaches the big 30 levelsLast week the W Hotel tower lift core finally reached the 30 level mark. Only two more levels until its proposed height is reached (plus some utility space above it all).
George Street closed off on the weekend with a mobile craneI had Elise send these photos showing George Street closed off on Sunday. There's a mobile crane blocking most of the road and it appears that sections of a new crane are being lifted up. The new crane is assembled onsite already.
W Hotel curved window installationThose W Hotel curved windows look amazing from the ground level. When I first saw them I thought they surely must be a single piece installs but I was wrong. Each curved window is made up of about 7 separate facets. Here are some pictures and a time lapse video of their installation.
Night time construction zoom in funIt's great seeing the construction site during the day, but at night it really has an eerie feel. These are some zoomed in photos I took over the weekend. This is as close as my camera allows at 30x optical zoom.
Updates between 5th of June and 10th of JuneHere's quite a big update from Bernard for the past week. There are also a couple of bonus photos showing the update on the curved glass of the W hotel building and a photo from me showing the workers from up above looking along North Quay.
Cranes shooting rainbows over BrisbaneNot exactly to do with 300 George Street but I thought that I'd share this photo I took this afternoon of a rainbow lining up exactly over a construction crane over at Southbank. Makes it look like the rainbow is being shot right out of the crane!
Fog blankets the siteIf you were missing the construction site today, I'd not blame you as it was completely covered in fog. Here's a photo I took from my balcony about a block away from the site, the Riverside Expressway is seen below, but the construction site is nowhere to be seen.
A slow week around EasterThere was just one update from Bernard last week. Doesn't look like much work is going on around the Easter break. Hope all the workers went egg hunting!
Foggy Brisbane morningI took these photos on Monday morning as I was leaving for the airport and haven't had time to post them until now. There was quite a nice fog cover in the morning coming in over the river, the fog started off quite low but then grew to a more significant height.
Happy New Year! 2017 Southbank FireworksHappy New Year! Hope we will see a lot more development at the 300 George Site in 2017, but for now here are some of the fireworks from last night's celebrations.
A look back to the site's excavationOne of the readers, Alistair, has sent some photos in to share. These are from way back during the time when the site was just starting to be excavated. Nice to have this look back into the past of the site!
Updates between 7th of November and 10th of NovemberHere's an update from Bernard for the current week. It's a bit earlier than usual but I will be going away on an extended vacation as of tonight. I'll try to keep the blog updated when I can, but I am not sure how much Internet access I will have while travelling.
No updates from last weekThere aren't any updates from last week so here's a photo of what the site looks like at night when looking at it from across the river. This week's updates will be posted at the end of the week as usual.
Some photos and video from Riverfire 2016Here are some photos and videos I took this past weekend when Riverfire was on. Not too many this time around, I was concentrating more on watching it rather than taking photos and videos. Still there are some good photos below.
Updates between 5th of September and 9th of SeptemberHere's an update for the past week. There was a little mix up with some of the photos so not all of them are shown for each of the days, but the general progress is there. The 'no work' day photo looks really cool with all the cranes pointing straight up!
Updates between 22nd of August and 26th of AugustFew interesting updates from last week. Looks like the work on the res tower is finally starting to start to catch up. As usual lately there was work going on on Saturday with a lane of North Quay blocked off to traffic.
Updates between 15th of August and 19th of AugustHere's an update from last week, quite a bit of work done. The commercial tower is almost at the street level now. The hotel tower is well above street level at this point and the residential tower is still quite deep in the pit.
Updates between 1st of August and 5th of AugustLooks like there was no work at the site on Thursday this week. Apart from that it's full steam ahead all the other days. I'm looking over to the site now (Saturday) and can see there's activity going on too with one lane of North Quay blocked off to traffic and a concrete pumping boom set up.
Updates between 25th of July and 29th of JulyQuite a big update for the past week from Bernard. Check out how high the NW crane reaches now in the pictures for the 28th of July. It's still not over the height of the 'Quay Central' building but is not far off!
More photos of last week's fogThere was more fog around last Friday. I took these photos but didn't have time to put them up until now. It was amazing watching the fog rolling in, then walking at street level and seeing how different it looks from the ground.
Updates between 18th July and 22nd of JulyHere are some of the updated from Bernard for the past week. It was quite foggy in Brisbane during the week with two days having very heavy fog, one of the photos shows this. Check out my previous post earlier on the week that shows how heavy the fog was.
A heavy fog looms over BrisbaneThere was a really heavy fog covering Brisbane today. Apparently it was up to 100m in height and caused delays at the Airport, more info here. When I woke up at 6am, I couldn't see much past my balcony, which usually has a clear view of the 300 George construction site.
RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter fly over the CBDI happened to be home today when the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopters did a fly over in the Brisbane CBD. Here are a few photos I took, as well as a short video below.
Updates between 4th July and 8th of JulyAnother big update from Bernard this week. Check out the details below. As I write this I can see that a concrete pumping arm has been deployed on the North Quay side with a lane blocked off to traffic again. Looks like work is continuing most weekends now.
Concrete pumping on the weekendI took a couple of these photos last weekend. One of the lanes on the North Quay side was blocked off to traffic with concrete trucks arriving and a concrete pumping boom set up.
Close up view of that truck in the holeThis is a bit of a follow up to the previous post I wrote about the break in on site. Here's a photo submitted anonymously that shows the truck in the hole after the entire joy ride incident was already over.
Official signage, new naming and web sites launchedI noticed that there is official signage plastered all over the George Street of the construction site now. Along with this we have the new names being used for this construction and details of the official web sites.
Updates between 6th June and 10th of JuneNot as much progress this week probably due to the break in over the last weekend, however the broken equipment seems to have been replaced now. See more detailed updates from Bernard below.
The rain came and went without much excitementThe big storm that was meant to come didn't really hit the CBD that much. There were some low lying clouds, especially at night, but apart from that it was much a non event on the North Quay side over the weekend.
Updates between 16th and 20th of MayNot as many updates as last week, but it looks like the crews keep working every single weekend for the time being. Check out the detailed daily updates below from Bernard.
Cement trucks working over the weekendI noticed this weekend that the cement trucks were making deliveries. At least on Saturday work was continuing. Hopefully this doesn't mean they're running behind and having to catch up on weekends.
Updates between 18th April and 22th of AprilAll three building lift cores are coming up quite quickly now and it looks like the hotel underground floors have finally reached up to the ground level. Below are more detailed updates from Bernard throughout the week...
Updates between 11th April and 15th of AprilThe commercial tower lift core is well under way now and the hotel tower underground sections are almost complete with it nearly reaching street level this week. Below are more detailed updates sent in by Bernard.
Updates between 4th April and 8th of AprilWork is back on at the site after a whole week off around Easter. Check out the more detailed updates below from Bernard. It's amazing how quickly all the concrete is going up.
Column rebar truck deliveryWalked past this truck waiting to offload its delivery at the site. Looks like steel bars to reinforce all the column supports being poured.
Updates between 13th March and 19th of MarchHere are a couple of updates from Bernard over the past week. Looks like it's business as usual at the site, making steady progress and the hotel lift core is getting higher and higher.
Updates between 29th February and 5th of MarchThere was quite steady progress at the site over the past week. The lift cores getting higher and higher every day and more formwork and pouring of concrete. Check out the more detailed updates from Bernard below.
The fourth crane has been assembled on siteSome great developments last week. The fourth crane is now assembled and a service elevator has been put up next to the hotel lift core. The progress has really accelerated. Check out more detailed updates from Bernard below...
Peek inside the site and more concrete is pumpingHere are a couple of updates from Geoff and Bernard and myself. First Geoff was kind enough to send in some photos from inside the site, have a look it's good to get a perspective from the inside.
On the ground look at the constructionI went for a little peek around the Adelaide St and North Quay sides of the construction site over the weekend to see what I could get a look at. These are the pictures I took from the ground level. There are bobcats a plenty around the site!
A flood of updates this week, including DA changes to the siteThere has been a flood of updates towards the end of the week with photos and information sent in by long time readers Geoff, Bernard and Steve. One of the things I missed earlier this month is that there is a Slight Update for 300 George Street & W Hotel DA. On the most part it looks like the number of larger units was decreased in favour of two bedroom apartments. Additional roofing has been added and car parking spaces have been increased.
Concrete, concrete everywhereJust as predicted lots of concrete was poured in since the last update. The site is really starting to transform now from an excavation to a full blown construction.
Floor slab around the hotel lift core completedHere's another excellent update from Bernard. The floor slab around the hotel lift core is finished, this is where it looks like most of the progress has been made on the site.
More concrete being poured inI've got another update from Bernard a couple of days ago but didn't have time to put it up until now. You can definitely see the progress in this new photo that he's sent in. There are new floor slabs that have been poured in place and more.
Third crane assembled on site nowI've noticed this Saturday that more crane parts were delivered to the site. The road wasn't blocked off like the previous two times, that's because this crane was assembled in the center of the site.
Update from the site: looks like a lift shaft has been startedI've had one of the readers, Geoff, send a couple of photos of the site. It looks like one of the lift shafts has been started now. The side walls all appear to be reinforced too and completed too. There is a bit more excavation going on in same parts as well.
Night time works with a mobile crane, North Quay blocked offNot sure what was going on exactly last night, but there was a mobile crane blocking off North Quay. I was hoping it would be assembling a new crane onsite, but sadly that was not the case. For a long time the mobile crane just stood there with lights off all around, it was gone by 3am.
Footage of the controlled detonation at 300 George StreetThe previous post suggested that there would be a controlled detonation taking place some time at the 300 George site, well it finally happened over the weekend. I had a number of people send in footage of the detonation. Check it out.
Controlled blast planned for 300 George Street?I've had one of the readers, Simon, send this photo in that shows what looks like preparations for a controlled blast at the excavation site. You can see in the top left corner of the photo a rig drilling holes into the rock. I can't think of any other reason for these holes apart from setting some explosives to clear the rock.
Another angle on the digI've had one of the readers, Kym, send this photo in. It shows an angle of the excavation that I don't usually get to see. It's amazing to think that there was a building standing here not that long ago.
A short video of the excavation progressI've had Dani send these snaps and a video in today. It looks like the excavation is down at least 3 full levels, I'm guessing it's about half way done now.
Work rolls on as the fog rolls inHad a nice view of fog rolling in over Mount Gravatt this past Saturday morning. The work at the site is keeping on, even in these early morning hours.
Excavation deep in the pitI've had Jasmine from The Grosvenor On George / Showbar 320 / Barber Babes, the business across the road from the 300 George Street construction site send these photos in.
An update on the excavation progressI've asked a previous contributor Geoff to take a couple of photos from up above of the excavation at the site. It's getting harder and harder to take photos from the ground now as the site is completely fenced off now.
A checkin at the dig siteHere's a photo I found from a checkin on Facebook. It shows the dig site in its full glory.
Adelaide Street entry now in useI was walking past the site the other night and managed to snap this picture quickly (apologies for the poor quality). It looks like the trucks are using the entrance on the Adelaide Street side now to load with the dirt being dug out.
Weekend excavation continuesThe excavation continues every weekend. I took some snaps when going past the site and one from above too. Trucks are being loaded with and dirt taken away constantly. The pit is getting deeper too.
Night time works in progressElise has sent this photo in of the workers at the site working at night. It looks like they've started night time works. I've been past the site multiple times on the weekend too and there is a fair amount of work going on Saturdays and Sundays.
Cement trucks arriving to fill the North Quay closed footpathIt's getting harder and harder to get photos from the ground, but I was fortunate enough to snap this one from above of cement trucks arriving to bring cement to fill the North Quay footpath that's been closed off to public. It appears that the whole of North Quay side is cemented in now and used as part of the site now.
Footpaths are now closed around the siteWhile out for an evening walk and trying to walk past the site I noticed that the footpaths around the site are all closed to public now. The only way to get past is on George street. The North Quay and Adelaide St footpaths are completely inaccessible by foot.
Another aerial shot of the floodingThanks to Geoff, who has previously sent in photos of the site from above, here's another photo showing some of the flooding on site after the recent rains.
The dig continuesHaven't had an update for a while so I thought I'd go have a look at what's going on at the site.
More concrete and barbed wire fencingMore and more concrete is being poured in around the edges of the dig site. The side next to the overpass is getting a concrete wall now.
Flood water is out, concrete is inThe water that was flooding the dug out pit has been cleared out now and looks like there is a concrete collar going up around the perimeter of the site.
TC Marcia rains cause flooding on site, worker facilities set upAs TC Marcia batters down on Queensland there are heavy rains in the Brisbane area. It looks like this has caused the pit on site to flood. There is a water pump set up to get the water out. I've also noticed that new worker facilities have been put up on the George Street side of the site.
Drilling and additional blue fencing erectedThere's more drilling going on at the site, metal beams are also being driven into the ground. In addition, the site has a new blue fence that can't be seen through around some of the sides.
Metal beams being lifted with cranesI had Elise send these photos in. It looks like some metal beams are being lifted with cranes, I presume these are going into the ground as a part of the foundation.
Dig site from aboveOne the the reader's Geoff, who has sent in photos before has shared the another photo. This one's of the dig site from up above.
Panoramic shot of the dig siteSince not much else apart from digging appears to be happening at the site, I've gone past and taken some photos to put together into a panorama shot. Here's what it came up as.
The pit is getting deeperThe pit being dug out at the site is getting deeper and deeper now. There's a ramp build for excavators to travel down now. Very little of the original building is left at the moment.
A nice aerial shot of the digOne of the readers, Geoff, has sent this photo in. Taken from across the road of the excavation site. Thanks Geoff! It's hard to imagine that there will be 3 buildings in this place.
Super storm batters Brisbane and leaves some mark on the demolition siteAfter the crazy hail storm yesterday that flung ice cubes the size of a fist at high speeds, I went for a walk down towards the demolition site to see what happened there. The answer was not much, apart from lots of scattered foliage, the only real sign of damage I could see was a fence barricade that had holes punched in it by the hail.
Trees on the North Quay side have been cut downJust as I thought the trees on the North Quay side of the site have been cut down over the weekend. Looks like they have been stripped of branches and will be used for wood too. Good to see them not wasting them.
Excavation and drilling equipment onsite and in useThe last part of the building is quickly coming down now, meanwhile the excavation and drilling equipment has been moved onsite and is being used. Hopefully soon we will be looking at a big hole instead of piles of dirt.
Demolition site looking levelHad these photos sent in by Cool Lady. The demolition site is looking more and more level now. There is a big pile of rubble and concrete in the middle of the courtyard still.
Look at the demolition from the topThanks to my wonderful friend working in the BCC building, I have more aerial view photos to share. Looks like the demolition has moved onto the right wing of the building, big rubbles of concrete are in the courtyard waiting to be cleared out.
Inside 300 George Street demolition siteA link to these photos was shared on my Facebook page so I got in touch with Abandoned Brisbane (Urban Exploration) and asked them if I could host some of the photos they took on this blog, they agreed. These are some photos from the 300 George Street (Supreme Court) demolition site. For the full album, go to the Abandoned Brisbane Facebook page.
Left wing almost torn downThe left wing is almost torn now down. Looks like all of the levels have had some parts taken out of them.
Several levels of the left wing torn downIt was a surprise to me how quickly the left wing is being torn down, multiple levels of it have been cleared away over the course of a week it seems. Here are some photos.
Left wing being torn downThe left wing of the old Court building is being torn down more and more. Also, I've been past the site at night a few times and heard dog barking, but the K9 unit signs have been taken down some time ago.
New demolition contractor on siteLooks like a new demolition contractor has moved in now and work is continuing. A crane is set up the the courtyard area and new signs are up. The new demolition company is DECC (Demolition Environmental Civil Contractors).
Close ups of the devastation on the groundI took these a week ago and kept on forgetting to upload them, but here they are, better late than never. These are just some shots of the devastation going on on the ground inside the demolition site.
Some view from the BCC buildingThis is exciting! I have a friend who works in the BCC building and so I've asked her to take some photos for me of the demolition below. Here's what I got. Enjoy!
Demolition in full swingDemolition is in full progress now with a jackhammer excavator joining into the fray. It's really starting to feel like this building will be taken apart soon.
Fog has rolled inThere is some quite thick fog in Brisbane today, took these while on my morning run. The site is almost invisible through the fog from the opposite side of the river.
A view from aboveThis is a special treat, one of the readers has sent this photo in that shows a view from up above the demolition site. I can't get this kind of vantage point from the street level or from my building, so here's what it looks like directly above. Thanks so much!
Something's going on but I can't see muchI've been putting off an update for a while because I simply can't see much of what's going on. There are some more panels that have been taken down, but I'm guessing most of the work is going on inside. Here are some photos of what's visible from George Street anyway.
View from SouthbankI was walking back from Southbank the other day and took this photo of the site.
It's a big blue blockI can't really see much of what's going on with the demolition at the moment, everything is covered in scaffolding and shuttered with the blue mesh. The whole site looks like one giant blue block.
Footpath is blocked and there's water in the basementI decided to check around the side of the building and noticed today that the footpath that is along the overpass side next to the motorbike parking is all blocked off. It also looks like there is water buildup in the basement, the are smells really damp.
Wall panels being removedThe wall panels are starting to be taken down now. These are just a few photos as I was walking past, took them on my phone because I didn't have my camera with me.
Big lift crane is in the houseI've been away for the last two weeks from Brisbane so haven't had an update, but today I went for a walk to see what's happening at 300 George and there was a crane there. Not a big deal, it's just a temporary mobile crane, but something's going on at least. I talked to some of the workers there too, apparently they won't be blowing up the building, which is a shame.
Full house! Lots of scaffolding still to go upSo I happened to be walking past today and took a quick snap of what they have in the front court yard, lots of machinery and scaffolding parts. Looks like my iPhone takes better photos than my camera. Enjoy.
Night time photos: More scaffolding upHere's a bit of a special rare treat - night time photos of the demolition site. I thought I'd go for a walk down the block and see what's happened in the last few days and the answer is - more scaffolding has been put up. The BCC side of the building is covered in the scaffolding now, but no mesh yet. There is no action on the overpass side at all that I can see.
Facade down, gantries and scaffolding upSo the front facade that used to be at the entry to the court house is more or less ripped down now. There are partial scaffolding up around the building too and gantries are up on one side. The entire of the river facing side is covered up in blue mesh.
Expanded fencing around the site and some external concrete demolishedSomething is finally happening externally at the demolition site. The fencing has been expanded around the perimeter by a fair amount, this indicates they are ready to start getting on with external demolitions. Some minor external concrete has been removed as well on the bus stop side of the building.
Not much new going on externallyEvery time I go past the demolition, I don't see much new going on, it's been like that since the new year. I guess most of the work is going on inside at this point and I don't have access to that. Here are some new photos of what is there anyway.
Work resumes in the New YearLooks like work has resumed again now in 2014. Some equipment moved around, more internal stripping done, that's all I could see from the outside.
Bobcats are inIt's been a while since the last update because I've been moving house, but I finally had a spare moment to drop by and have a look at the state of the demolition. There is a bobcat inside now, looks like the glass is being kept (according to the writing on it). From what I see it's not a huge deal of visible progress.
Fencing is all around and demolition continuesThe fencing is all around the old court building now, with additional fencing put up along Adelaide St. The demolition continues too, wiring and air conditioner ducting being ripped out and dumped in piles. Apart from that the building still looks the same on the outside.
Demolition has startedWhen I drove past a couple of days ago, I noticed that the fencing had new signs for the demolition company on it now, so I decided to go and have a closer look. The demolition seems to be in full swing now! ...and it's noisy.
Night shots of the build siteI went by the site last night and took some photos of where the building site will be, looks like it will block the Telstra building from the Southbank side and will block the BCC building from the Coronation Drive of the Riverside Expressway.
Fencing is upI went to have a look at the site today to see what's happening, at the moment it looks like the fencing has been up for a while and apart from that I am not seeing too much activity. So here are some photos of what I saw.