The Stamford Plaza Brisbane has a unique location with a full frontage to the Brisbane River, but when it was built in the late 1980’s the river address was largely ignored with a landscaped podium built over a carpark providing the only interface.
In 2011 we were asked to consider how the hotel might derive greater value from its unique location and river frontage. This was partly in response to a change in the tenure of the Hotel’s riverbed (wet) lease, but also responded to the change in perception of the value of the river frontage from when the hotel was originally constructed.
The initial commission was quite modest – ideas to re-position the 20 year old brasserie, but quickly escalated to a significant re-working of the entire river edge as the latent value became evident through the design process.
The final, documented and tendered project involved:
– a remade arrival experience which a direct physical and visual connection to the riverfront
– a signature restaurant in a new pavilion on the river edge
– a new partially covered outdoor river bar
– two levels of new function spaces built over the existing wet lease with full river frontage
– reconfiguration of the existing spaces to new pre-function, breakout and support spaces
– re-configured and fully refurbished kitchens, back of house spaces and administration spaces
– a new glazed canopy over a reconceived courtyard between the Hotel and the heritage listed Port Office Building
– new hard and soft landscaping to the full extent of the river podium, and refurbishment of the public accessway.