Heritage-listed wharves to be transformed

October 9, 2017 by  

A Brisbane City Council project to revitalise the Howard Smith Wharves has come to a new milestone with restoration of heritage-listed wharf sheds about to begin.

The restoration work is set to transform the sheds into an impressive lifestyle and leisure precinct.

According to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, the first wharf shed to be carefully transformed and restored into a leading dining venue and event space on the river’s edge will be the one located nearest to the Riverwalk about 4km from Milton.

“Over the coming few months, the heritage-listed shed will be raised, before a new flooring is laid and existing 1930s elements are carefully restored to their former glory.”

Previously featured many times in brochure printing featuring the city’s various heritage sites, the building’s structural integrity and historic points of interest are to be preserved, according to the Lord Mayor.

He said that since its establishment during the 1930s, the building had undergone a number of changes due to unforeseen events that included the 1974 floods, which washed away the gable on the front shed. The walls were also re-clad to allow the Water Police to use it.

The latest transformation, which is expected to take a few months, will include a walkway and riverfront deck of world-class standing that will mirror the wharves’ original 1930s design.

Once completed, the Howard Smith Wharves will provide vibrant restaurants and bars and be able to host events attended by an estimated 1,000 people.