James Street drainage upgrade – Fortitude Valley

Brisbane City Council has upgraded the drainage infrastructure around the intersection of James Street, McLachlan Street and Ann Street to improve drainage systems and increase flood immunity in Fortitude Valley.


Address James Street between Ann and McLachlan Streets, Fortitude Valley.
Ward Central Ward
Project outcomes Improve drainage infrastructure and increase future flood immunity in Fortitude Valley.
Latest update

Project complete 

About the project

Works for this project included constructing a new, large underground stormwater drainage chamber (approximately 5.3 metres wide, 18 metres long and 3 metres deep) above the existing brick drain in the intersection of McLachlan Street and James Street. A section of the existing drain has been lined with reinforced concrete to improve its condition and extend its service life.

This project also included installing a new underground drain line across the intersection to connect the new chamber to an existing drainage chamber in McLachlan Street. This provides increased capacity for future upgrades upstream from James Street to other parts of Fortitude Valley and areas of Bowen Hills. A water main in the footpath on the northern side of James Street has also been relocated as part of these works.


Construction started in mid-June 2019 and was completed in November 2019.

More information

If you would like to provide feedback, ask questions, or find out more about the Fortitude Valley Drainage Upgrade – James Street project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 during business hours
  • phone Council on 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    James Street drainage upgrade
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001
Last updated: 9 January 2023

Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.