Gone but never forgotten

In January 1996 the Queensland Government held an architectural design competition for a low rise office block at 75 William Street. Pdt Architects worked in conjunction with Davenport Campbell and Donovan Hill to complete the successful design.

The development took into consideration the sites location adjacent to the Brisbane River and freeway precinct, the importance of streetscape and the need to relate to neighbouring heritage and government buildings. The exterior employed construction materials including coloured insitu concrete, sandstone and glass curtain wall protected by pre-cast concrete sunshades.

The concept of three architectural practices working together was quite different for Brisbane, but it had demonstrated the complexity and size of the project. The team demonstrated the design ability and collaboration of resources to provide Brisbane and the State Government with an elegant, highly efficient and flexible solution.

In 2017, the Neville Bonner Building is to be demolished to make way for the Queens Wharf redevelopment project. At a cultural closure ceremony in August 2016, it was announced that the yet to be constructed bridge between Queen’s Wharf and Southbank will be named the Neville Bonner Bridge, honouring  Senator Neville Bonner (1922-1999) as the first Indigenous Australian to be elected to the Federal Government. 

Ray Pini 16th Feb 2017

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