Will Woolloongabba Become Brisbane’s 2nd CBD?

Is Woolloongabba going to become Brisbane’s second CBD? Hot off the heels of the recent announcement that The Gabba’s demolition and reconstruction project has been fully funded, the Queensland Government has recently announced an expansion of the Woolloongabba PDA, which will see more housing, shopping, dining precincts and public space developed. This will include social and affordable housing and active gravel corridors to South Bank and the CBD.

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Welcome to Woolloongabba, an inner city suburb of Brisbane known for its famous Gabba Stadium. The area is undergoing a massive transformation with the full demolition and rebuilding of the stadium, which has been approved for funding. This renewal project includes expanding the Priority Development Area to deliver more housing, shopping, dining precincts, and public space, making it an exciting time for Woolloongabba residents and visitors.

The Gabba Redevelopment is set to become one of the most accessible stadiums in the world, with a pedestrian walkway bridge linking it to the new Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro stations across the road. It will also include better facilities for both male and female athletes and will be designed to achieve a six-star Green Star rating, making it one of the most sustainable stadiums in the country. The East Brisbane State School located next to the stadium will be relocated, and the heritage buildings will be refurbished and integrated into the design of the new stadium.

The development of the Woolloongabba Priority Development Area will begin with the Gabba rebuild and the new Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro station. Following that, thousands of new homes will be built in the area, including social and affordable housing. There will also be an active travel corridor from the Gabba through Southbank and the CBD, along with a pedestrian bridge over Main Street and a corridor up Leopard Street, all connecting to the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge currently under construction. This will enable residents and visitors to enjoy the Brisbane riverfront and will connect to the Howard Smith Wharves via the Story Bridge.

The Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games are expected to change the city’s landscape, much like Expo 88 did, and Woolloongabba has the potential to become Brisbane’s second CBD. There is plenty of money and investment going into expanding the South Bank precinct to the Gabba and the CBD via the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge, transforming the area into the best sporting, leisure, entertainment, dining, theatre, and gaming precinct in Australia.

The Woolloongabba renewal and other infrastructure projects in Brisbane, such as Waterfront Brisbane, the new development on the Eagle Street Pier site, the New Performing Arts Venue at Southbank, and the Queen’s Wharf Casino complex, will transform the city’s waterfront, making it the epicentre of Queensland for live and cultural events.

With all these exciting developments happening in Woolloongabba and its surroundings, it is no surprise that it is becoming one of the most sought-after suburbs in the city. The area has the potential to become Brisbane’s second Central Business District, with residential towers, commercial retail, fine dining, and excellent connections to public transport.

If you want to know more about what’s happening in  Brisbane, watch our video on 9 Game-changing Projects That Will Transform The City here!



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