Works Progressing Well on Adelaide Street for Brisbane Metro

Major progress has been made on the new Brisbane Metro tunnel, with crews excavating 10 metres along Adelaide Street in the past week alone. 

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The $1.7 billion project, slated for completion in 2024, will include a 213 metre tunnel connecting the inner-city to the new underground King George Square station. The tunnel aims to alleviate congestion by diverting up to one third of the 385 buses currently crowding CBD streets underground instead.

Workers have been excavating the tunnel, located 3.3 to 6.4 metres below Adelaide Street, since project commencement in February this year. The tunnelling is taking place through soft rock and is on schedule despite some minor initial setbacks. 

Adelaide Street
Key pedestrian, public transport and traffic changes from mid-February 2023 to late 2023 for Adelaide St (Photo credit:

The tunnel will join the Southeast Busway with the Inner Northern Busway past Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, improving connections across Brisbane’s public transport network. City officials say the project will significantly modernise the city’s ageing infrastructure.

Adelaide Street Works

Adelaide Street
‘Adelaide Street Vision’ (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)

The Adelaide Street tunnel is just one part of major Brisbane Metro construction underway in the Inner City North area. Other key projects include the new King George Square CBD station, Victoria Bridge upgrades, and track integration work on North Quay and William Street.

The Brisbane Metro is the centrepiece of the Brisbane City Council’s plan to upgrade transit infrastructure over the next two decades. 

In mid-February 2023, construction began on revitalisation efforts along Adelaide Street between George Street and Edward Street in Brisbane. The project, called the Adelaide Street Vision, is being undertaken by Brisbane Move on behalf of Brisbane City Council. 

Works include upgrades to footpaths, bus stops, landscaping, street furniture, lighting and relocating underground services. The project timeline runs until late 2024. 

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Construction is taking place during overnight hours from Sunday through Thursday in three phases in order to limit impacts on businesses, pedestrians, and public transport users along Adelaide Street.

Published 11-November-2023

U3A Brisbane Showcases Diverse Courses at Adelaide St Open Day

The University of the Third Age Brisbane (U3A Brisbane) is opening its doors on Saturday, September 9 in Adelaide Street to showcase the diverse range of learning opportunities available to all members of the community.

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The Open Day which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at their City Campus on 232 Adelaide St will allow visitors to discover first-hand the benefits of continuing education and connection later in life.

As a non-profit organisation run by volunteers, U3A Brisbane provides a relaxed and supportive environment for over 50s to learn new skills, expand their knowledge, and form meaningful friendships. With over 175 courses covering topics from art to yoga, taught across the city and Logan areas, there are engaging options for all interests.

U3A Brisbane
Photo credit: U3A Brisbane/Facebook

President Gabrielle Power West says the Open Day is a chance to “welcome everyone to explore our community of lifelong learners.” She emphasises that U3A Brisbane offers more than just classes – it’s about “fostering a sense of belonging.”

Visitors to the Open Day can:

  • Get a taste of the diverse course offerings, from languages to tai chi
  • Learn about the benefits of joining U3A from friendly tutors
  • Discover the social connections and camaraderie that enrich members’ lives
  • Find out how to get involved as a tutor and give back by sharing expertise

U3A Brisbane’s growth demonstrates seniors’ eagerness to keep growing. The Open Day is the perfect introduction for anyone interested in joining this vibrant community.

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The Open Day is free and open to all interested in learning more about U3A Brisbane. Light refreshments will also be provided to visitors. It’s a great chance to explore the offerings and meet the friendly faces that make up this vibrant community of lifelong learners over 50.

Visit U3A Brisbane’s website to register for the Open Day.

Published 30-August-2023

Populous: Olympic Architect Firm Opens Asia Pacific HQ on Adelaide Street

Populous, the architectural firm that designed the Olympic venues in London and Tokyo, has established its new Asia Pacific headquarters at the Collin House on Adelaide Street. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the company during a special ceremony held at the office in early March as Brisbane hopes to bid as host for the 2032 Olympics. 

The new office, which will be purpose-built, will have 100 local workers. Populous, however, has been working with Brisbane for some time as the company designed Suncorp Stadium, Metricon Stadium and the Queensland Tennis Centre at Tennyson. 

“We have been growing our business from Brisbane for 20 years and we are very proud to take this step to recommit our Asian headquarters to Queensland,” Populous Managing Director Paul Henry said.

“This is an exciting day for our staff and clients, and we are very much looking forward to continuing to collaborate across the globe as we have done well before COVID-19 on exciting projects that bring people together in moments of celebration.”

Ms Palaszczuk said that Adelaide Street will be the main headquarters in the Asia Pacific region. 

“[This] is a proud and timely moment for the owners and staff, working on the very best of Olympic and other worldwide projects from new premises right here in Brisbane,” the premier said. 

Photo Credit: Populous

It comes as Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced that Brisbane City Council voted “yes” to submit a bid for the 2032 Olympics, which will open thousands of opportunities for jobs, sporting and infrastructure upgrades.