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New A$2bn ‘Brisbane Live’ ultra-entertainment precinct unveiled

AEG-Ogden – a subsidiary company of AEG, the world’s largest entertainment venue operator – has unveiled plans for a massive A$2bn ‘Brisbane Live’ ultra-entertainment precinct to be built above the Roma Street rail lines.

The Brisbane Live masterplan for Roma Street – designed by The NRA Collaboration (nra-co-lab) – is a vision for the future of Brisbane city. The precinct includes entertainment, parklands, commercial, residential, dining and retail. Creating a destination for the western edge of the Brisbane CBD, the plaza acts as a connecting device linking several key areas including Suncorp Stadium and The Victoria Barracks, The Normanby 5 ways, Roma Street Parklands, Southbank and Kuripla. The precinct will deliver an additional 12 hectares of subtropical parkland and recreation space to enhance the existing Roma Street Parklands. It will also integrate major public transport and infrastructure, including the historic Roma Street station and platforms, the proposed Cross River Rail, future Brisbane Metro and the relocation of the existing transit centre underground.

At the centrepiece of the Plan is Brisbane Arena, an iconic 17,000-seat venue based on AEG’s LA Live complex that will be able to host a multitude of events, from international superstar music concerts to world sports events. The form of the Arena is inspired by fluidity and movement associated with the historic Roma Street site.

Brisbane Arena. Copyright: The NRA Collaborative / Brisbane Live

Brisbane Arena. Copyright: The NRA Collaborative / Brisbane Live

The masterplan put forward by AEG-Ogden features a sliding front wall that opens to reveal live acts on stage, the A$450m Brisbane Arena will also include a 4,000-capacity rock club and be surrounded by multiplex cinemas, restaurants and bars, and a giant screen and amphitheatre catering for around 15,000 people.

The Roma Street edge includes three towers delivering commercial, hotel and a signature 90-storey residential tower defining the city frame. The podium to Roma Street will host a variety of retail, dining and cinema attractions to enliven the street edge.

The western edges of the precinct will host three future cultural facilities, inspired by organic shapes and fluidity, able to provide uses such as theatres and museums. The existing parkland-residential band is continued with proposed apartments, offering premium subtropical lifestyle within the expansive parkland setting.

The northern edge of the precinct has the potential to host residential, educational and research facilities enhancing the educational hub along College Road.

Brisbane Live will deliver a culturally-rich addition to the City, creating entertainment and recreation for the public, whilst enhancing the subtropical vision for Brisbane; a truly connected and socially responsive project revitalising an underutilised space within the Brisbane CBD.