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The Rivermakers Heritage Quarter is a riverfront project in Colmslie, Brisbane. It involves the re-purposing and re-vitalisation of a number of 100-year-old heritage buildings and their surrounds into a new maker’s precinct.
The heritage precinct is arranged around the original acetate of lime production factory and its distinctive chimney built in 1910. The site has been used for many purposes over its life including as a post-war migrant hostel. The challenge has been to rearrange the steeply sloping cluster of levels to be suitable as modern accessible public space. The masterplan links a number of levels throughout the site as well as creating a linkage between public parks to the east and west, thus unlocking a new river-based experience for the people of Brisbane. The precincts' venues include a brewery, distillery, ceramic workshop, and BBQ and butcher, aligning with the client’s vision of a vibrant energetic space celebrating crafting and making. The Rivermakers project is sympathetic to the original architecture of the heritage buildings and incorporates new architectural elements thoughtfully to enhance the space and create a thriving contemporary precinct. The project is the first phase of the Rivermakers Masterplan, which involves the re-development of over 13 Hectares of riverfront land at Colmslie into a planned precinct containing a vast array of commercial and semi-industrial tenants. This planning is at the coalface for new types of tech related industry envisaged for the city of Brisbane’s middle ring.