Hospitality & Tourism


Entertainment & Leisure


HSW Nominees & Deague Group



Team Leader

John Berlese


Woods Bagot (Precinct) & SJB (Art Series Hotel)

Urban Designer





Project value



Weeks to build



Exhibition space



Star Hotel

The historic 3.43 hectare Howard Smith Wharves site on the Brisbane river is set to be transformed to a world class riverside precinct with more than 2.7 hectares of public open space, a 164 room Art Series Hotel, an exhibition and events centre, a craft brewery, and an array of restaurants and cafes.

Hutchies is proud to be engaged by HSW Nominees to deliver this high-quality community space that celebrates its history and prime waterfront location. Connecting the New Farm Riverwalk and the CBD, the completed development will deliver an inclusive space for the local community, nearby workers and visitors to the city. As part of Hutchies’ contract, the riverfront will see the full restoration and transformation of the existing heritage buildings and wharf and will provide an entirely new entertainment precinct that celebrates the best of Brisbane. Beneath the cliffs and underneath the Story Bridge, the brand new Art Series Hotel, designed to blend into the cliffs with a uniquely jagged façade of varying textures, will be constructed along with a new events and exhibition space, designed for functions up to 1,000 people.

HSW Nominees’ team has a track record in refurbishing heritage listed and derelict buildings into successful, high profile, unique and iconic operations. Similarly, Hutchies is highly accomplished in working with inner city heritage sites. Together we look forward to creating an authentic and energetic space that revitalises Petrie Bight and respects the valuable heritage of the site.

Hutchies has deep connections with Brisbane. We’ve grown up here and our unique history with the city means we are passionate about being involved it its evolution. We are absolutely thrilled to be performing the construction of the long-awaited Howard Smith Wharves revitalisation project. With its riverside location and rich history, the site has so much to offer the people of Brisbane, and HSW Nominees have capitalised on this potential with the design of what is set to become the city’s next great leisure destination for locals and visitors alike.

Scott Hutchinson, Chairman

Hutchinson Builders

January 2018

Construction Journey

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Shared Pathway Approval & Plans

Hutchinson Builders is undertaking the redevelopment of the Howard Smith Wharves project between the New Farm Riverwalk and Ivory Street From 1 June 2017 to 31 December 2018. 

During this time the Shared Pathway will remain open, but will be re-diverted at various stages throughout construction. The approval for the changes to the Shared Pathway are outlined below from Brisbane City Council including the approved Site Management Plans.

There will be times of full closure and these will be separately applied for and notified to the public.

Signage will be placed at either end of the Shared Pathway and at interaction locations where workers and machinery cross the Shared Pathway.

Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to slow down and watch for workers and machinery throughout the duration of the Howard Smith Wharves precinct.

For further information please contact 

Timothy Ferguson
Project Manager

Hutchinson Builders

Telephone 0419 762 437

Brisbane City Council Approval

We approve the closure of the Shared Pathway from the Brisbane River Boardwalk to the City Reach Boardwalk for the Howard Smith Wharf Development with your provided diversions from 1st June 2017 to the 31st December 2018 with attached conditions:

Stage 1 and 2 works (plans SMP01 and SMP02) between 1st June 2017 - 30th June 2017 with the following conditions:

  • Minimum shared pathway width of 2.5m to be maintained at all times (Shared pathway width to be extended out to 3.0m where possible).

Stage 3 works (SMP03) between 1st July 2017 – 31st December 2017:

  • Minimum shared pathway width of 2.5m to be maintained at all times (Shared pathway width to be extended out to 3.0m where possible).
  • The existing light posts are exempt to this width restriction. However, we require signage at each end of the boardwalk with signage to warn cyclists and pedestrians of the hazards. (We will monitor this situation with the light posts, and perhaps put in a speed limit if they prove to be a significant safety concern).
  • Traffic control to hold and release pedestrians for up to 2 minute at any one time for truck ingress/egress at the crossing point.

Stage 4 and 5 works (SMP04 and SMP05), between 1st January 2018 - 1st December 2018:

  • Minimum shared pathway width of 2.5m to be maintained at all times (Shared pathway width to be extended out to 3.0m where possible).

Stage 6 works (SMP06), between 1st December 2018 – 31st December 2018:

  • Minimum shared pathway width of 2.5m to be maintained at all times (Shared pathway width to be extended out to 3.0m where possible).

We understand that the works require intermittent full closures of the shared pathway for up to a week at a time. We require that these full closures be separately applied for to with the relevant application form at least 2 weeks before the scheduled closures to permit time for assessment, as full closure notice must be in place a minimum of 1 week prior to the closure. Please mark these intermittent full closure application emails as ‘Urgent’ with the BCC DA number in the subject so we can easily identify that the closure relates to this site. Please ensure that detour maps, notice signage and all relevant information is attached to these full closure applications.

This email acts as a Brisbane City Council Shared Pathway Closure Approval. Please print this email with plans (SMP01, SMP02, SMP03, SMP04, SMP05 and SMP06) and keep on site at all times.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kindest regards,

Ben Clarke

Footpath, Off-Road Shared Pathway and Bikeway Team

Planned Incident Management
Congestion Reduction Unit Brisbane Infrastructure 

Brisbane City Council

Howard Smith Wharves

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