Restoring Brisbane’s iconic building.

Built between 1920 and 1930, the heritage-listed City Hall is widely regarded as the heart of Brisbane and has been the backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events.

Key information

Location: Brisbane

Completion date: 2013

Brisbane City Hall re-opened in April 2013, following a comprehensive re-design and refurbishment of the building’s public and support spaces.  The project brief, to restore Brisbane City Hall to its former glory and bring the spaces, facilities and infrastructure into alignment with large modern meeting and civic business spaces required careful design, planning and execution. 

Turner & Townsend Thinc was appointed to project manage this complex restoration, handling all aspects of the works on behalf of Brisbane City Council. Turner & Townsend Thinc melded conservation, architectural and sustainability practices and utilised the latest technologies and materials to conserve the hall’s significant spaces and fabric.  The restoration allowed for the incorporation of the Museum of Brisbane and also measures to address energy efficiency and water conservation. The main auditorium was fully restored to improve performance and amenity whilst enhancing architectural qualities. The seamless integration of the new structure, services and fittings within the original spaces and heritage constraints is a testament to the management, ingenuity and creativity of the whole project team. 

The Brisbane City Hall is a fully restored and vibrant architectural wonder - re-equipped for its role as the focus for Brisbane's public, cultural, and community gatherings.  Its restoration shows that heritage can be successfully managed, preserved and enhanced for future generations.

Making the difference

Providing a future legacy: The Brisbane City Hall Restoration Project is an outstanding example of contemporary and sustainable heritage and architectural practice. Turner & Townsend Thinc is proud to have been part of this landmark project, which will provide quality public service facilities for generations to enjoy.

Delivering sustainable outcomes: The Brisbane City Hall is now a leading example of sustainability in a civic building with heritage significance. Efficiencies in use of both water and energy use in the building, through a number of initiatives, are key in the project’s ambition to obtain a Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) 4 star design rating.

Stakeholder engagement: Due to the social and historical significance of the building, Turner & Townsend Thinc, in collaboration with Brisbane City Council, had to successfully engage with a wide range of stakeholders from project inception through to completion. In response, the team adopted a transparent engaging and collaborative approach, working closely with key stakeholders.

For further information contact:

Nikki Ward
Associate Director, Marketing and Business Development

t: +61 (0)2 8245 0000