Not satisfied with Brisbane’s entertainment options? Then you’ll love these plans for a massive new entertainment precinct above the Roma Street rail lines.
The days of sending the world’s brightest stars out to the Boondall Wetlands might be over, with the unveiling of a new entertainment precinct that could supplant the Brisbane Entertainment Centre as a destination for touring artists.
Plans for the precinct will be formally presented to the state government this week, but have already been released online.
The centrepiece of the proposal, put forward by AEG-Ogden, is a new 17,000 seat world class arena which would showcase international performing artists and major sporting events.
The plan, which is based on AEG’s LA Live complex, also features a sliding front wall that would open to reveal live acts on stage, a 4,000-capacity rock club, multiplex cinemas, restaurants and bars.
Following the lead of venues like New York’s Madison Square Garden and Melbourne’s Federation Square, Brisbane Development reports that the new precinct will make use of space above existing rail lines, and benefit from Roma Street’s connection to every rail line in the SEQ rail network.
Two proposed mass transit projects, the Queensland Government’s Cross River Rail and the Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Metro proposal, would both have stations at Roma Street that would service the proposed entertainment precinct.
The long-term master plan for the area also includes new hotels; up to 4,000 new apartments (including a 90 storey residential tower); new commercial towers; a new dining precinct in and around the heritage Roma Street Station building; medical facilities; and a walkable precinct linking The Barracks with King George Square and the Queen Street Mall, as well as new cycle paths.
The plan also allows for substantial public space, roughly the size of New Farm Park. Jacaranda Grove, a water-based parkland dotted with Jacaranda trees, is also on the agenda.
An educational campus is also a possibility, as is a connection to Victoria Park.
The current Brisbane Transit Centre building would be demolished, but the Roma Street Parklands would remain unchanged (while benefiting from enhanced connectivity).
AEG-Ogden has previously released a concept proposal for a similar arena complex at the Parmalat site in South Bank, but that complex would cover a smaller area and wouldn’t include the public space and many of the entertainment facilities featured in the Roma Street plan.
You can check out an interactive 360 degree view of the Brisbane Live streetscape at brisbanelive.com.au.
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