BIG VISION: An artist's impression of the pier restaurant to be built in stage two of the Rockhampton riverbank redevelopment by Woollam Constructions.
BIG VISION: An artist's impression of the pier restaurant to be built in stage two of the Rockhampton riverbank redevelopment by Woollam Constructions. Contributed

Council awards $11m tender for riverbank Stage 2

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has accepted a tender for close to $11 million to see the next stage of the riverbank redevelopment go ahead.

In a closed council meeting on Tuesday, Woollam Constructions' alternative tender offer of $10,998,000 was accepted.

Negotiations with the company will be finalised, with a revised project scope set to be presented to council for endorsement in February.

As with the first part of the project along Quay St, the lower bank will involve several stages.

The Woollam Constructions tender will cover the central precinct, which includes a water pop jet plaza, grand staircase, pier with restaurant and viewing platforms, event infrastructure and shaded seating.

 

The pier restaurant will replace the former Saigon Saigon building, with the new structure built on existing pier foundations.

The restaurant will seat up to 60 people, with a cafe for those looking for a quick coffee.

The lower level will include lockable toilets and change rooms, with wheelchair accessible amenities also available on the upper (ground) level.

The lower bank development will also include an impressive playground set, which will be included in later stages and has been modelled on one at Brisbane's iconic Southbank.

It will be removable in the case of flooding.

The tender announcement comes after Stage 1 of the redevelopment project, the high bank precinct, opened to the public.

That saw major changes to precinct, with the East St rotunda demolished and access through to Quay St via Denham St for the first time in decades.

Although the original official opening of the new shared space along Quay St was delayed due to predicted lightening storms, hundreds turned out a week later to enjoy markets.



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