Anzac Square restoration and enhancement | Brisbane City Council

Anzac Square restoration and enhancement

Council is pleased to advise construction of the fourth and final stage of the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project commenced in June 2018.

The project is a joint initiative between the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Brisbane City Council. 

Summary

Address Between Ann Street and Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
Ward Central Ward
Project outcome To enhance the Anzac Square parkland and preserve its heritage
Project benefits The project will improve accessibility, enhance the memorial space and improve the visitor experience at the memorial and square.
Latest update

The Anzac Square parkland will be completely closed including a partial closure of the rail tunnel that connects Central Startion to the Anzac Square parkland from Monday 10 September until mid December 2018. Find out more.

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About the project

The Anzac Square restoration and enhancement is being undertaken in stages. 

Stage 4

Stage 4 of the project aims to improve accessibility, enhance the memorial space and enhance visitor experience at the memorial and square.

It will include:

  • improving accessibility to and through Anzac Square with enhanced pathways and a lift
  • installing new plants and landscaping, with some unhealthy plants to be replaced
  • installing new commemorative screens along the walkways
  • providing a new entrance to the WWI memorial through Anzac Square
  • improved signage
  • installing LED lights in the existing heritage light poles
  • improving seating and paved areas
  • fitting-out the area which currently houses the post-WWII memorials, for future exhibitions and events
  • installing interactive technology to allow visitors to learn more about the State's war memorials.

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Previous stages

Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the project were undertaken from 2014 to 2016. These stages involved extensive restoration works to provide a structurally sound exterior to the memorial site, and were designed to stop water infiltration into the substructure and walls. They also involved significant enhancements to the crypt and memorial galleries and the careful curation of the memorial plaques.

Project timing

Stage 4 works began in June 2018, and will be completed by early 2019.

Construction details

Construction will take place between 7am and 5pm Monday to Saturday, however some works may need to be undertaken on Sundays and if required will take place between 8am and 5pm. Council is committed to keeping the community informed of construction in their area and will provide notification of out-of-hours activities.

Throughout construction the local community can expect temporary footpath closures and detours around the site, construction noise, increased truck movements and low levels of vibration and dust. Signage will be in place to help pedestrians navigate the temporary closures. The memorial galleries will also be closed during the project.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during the project and Council would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during these works.

Pedestrian rail tunnel closure

In order to undertake construction, the Anzac Square park will be completely closed including a partial closure of the rail tunnel that connects Central Station to the Anzac Square parkland, from Monday 10 September until mid December 2018. As a result there will be no direct pedestrian access between the rail tunnel and the parkland for the duration of this closure. Access to the rail platforms from the tunnel will be maintained from the Wickham Terrace end and via the stairs that connect the rail tunnel and Ann Street.

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Throughout construction the local community can expect temporary footpath closures and detours around the site, construction noise, increased truck movements and low levels of vibration and dust. Due to workplace health and safety requirements reversing beepers cannot be switched off.

Signage will be in place to help pedestrians navigate the temporary closures. The memorial galleries will also be closed during the project.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during the project and Council would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during these works.

History of Anzac Square

Anzac Square is Queensland's state memorial to those Queenslanders who have served their country in conflict and in peace. It has been the site of major commemorations since its opening on Armistice Day (now Remembrance Day) 1930.

It was borne out of the grieving of a society that gave and lost so much in the First World War of 1914-1918. For 15 years the community worked to secure this memorial. It was paid for by donations from ordinary people who were themselves facing difficult times in the years between the First World War and the Great Depression of the 1930s.

More information

The Returned Services League (RSL) will be hosting the Remembrance Day commemorative event at the Shine of Remembrance on Ann Street.

If you have any questions about the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 during business hours
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 outside of business hours
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
29 October 2018
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