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The history of Waterfront Place is as remarkable as the building
Queensland was formally established as a self-governing colony
of Britain separate from New South Wales.
Brisbane's Port Office in Edward St was erected, complete with
wharves and slipway. The site now occupied by Waterfront Place was
part of Brisbane's original port.
Naldham House (now the Brisbane Polo Club) was built for the
Australasian United Steam Navigation Company.
The site was in ownership of both the Queensland Government and
the Inchcape Group of the UK.
F. A. Pidgeon and Son purchased the part of the site owned by
the Inchcape Group with the intention of developing an office
building in the future.
Folkestone Limited decided to join the project, and entered into
a joint venture arrangement with F. A. Pidgeon & Son. Obayashi
Corporation of Japan was invited to participate on the basis of
becoming the Project Head Contractor. The Joint Venture appointed
Indosuez Australia to arrange finance. Cameron Chisholm & Nicol
Architects were appointed to design the complex.
Construction commenced in September.
Construction was completed twenty seven months later on
Christmas Eve 1989. In December AMP Society purchased the
Waterfront Place complex from the Joint Venture partners.
Waterfront Place was officially opened on 15 February by the
Honourable Wayne Goss, the then Premier of Queensland.
AMP Funds sold 20 percent of Waterfront Place to Ronin Property
Stockland Group purchased 50 per cent share of the Waterfront
Place office tower and 100 percent share of the adjoining retail
complex, Eagle Street Pier. Westpac purchased the remaining half
share of Waterfront Place, later selling it to Stockland's unlisted
property fund, Stockland Direct Office Trust No 1.
Stockland embarked on its Refinement Program implementing
virtually a complete modernisation of Waterfront Place,
future-proofing its premier position for decades to come.
13 January 2011 at approximately 5.00am - Brisbane Floods peaked
at 4.45m (below the 1974 peak of 5.45m).
May 2011 - 50 percent of Waterfront Place was acquired by Future
Fund. The property is now owned in joint venture with the Stockland
July 2011 - CBRE appointed to manage Waterfront Place.
November 2011 - Refinement program nearing completion and
celebration of Waterfront Place 21st Birthday.
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